The Tower of London is one of the most fascinating attractions in London. When you visit, be sure to plan for at least half a day at the Tower, as there is so much to see, including the famous Beefeater Tour. After the tour, you can walk anywhere on the grounds and in the castle.
The Tower of London has been most infamously used as a prison and execution site. Built around 1066, it is one of the oldest structures still standing in London. The outer curtain wall was added in the 14th century.
The Tudors at the Tower of London
The Execution of Anne Boleyn
In 1536, Anne was imprisoned in the Tower of London after being accused of heresy and infidelity. After being found guilty, she was sentenced to death. It seems that King Henry VIII felt some sympathy in the end; he ordered that her death be beheading rather than burning at the stake, and ordered a swordsman to do job rather than using a common ax. Anne was executed on a scaffold near the White Tower.
A glass monument has been placed in the spot where Anne was beheaded.
How to get to the Tower of London
- Take the District Line or Circle Line and get off the train at Tower Hill