Tower of London

Tower of London Tours

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

Although there are several famous Tudor executions that took place at the Tower of London, including Catherine Howard and Lady Jane Grey, Anne Boleyn‘s is the most well known.

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 Queen Victoria thought Anne was beheaded. Nobody wanted to correct the queen, and this monument was built on the incorrect spot. Download the Tudor London Journey Planner to see where Anne Boleyn really was executed.

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London Underground

How to get to the Tower of London

Take the District Line or Circle Line and get off the train at Tower Hill

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