At Towering Heights: The Tower of London

Home to the Crown Jewels, rich in history with a compelling display of Romanesque and Military Architecture; The Tower of London has always been on my list of places to visit. The Tower of London is situated in Central London on the North Bank of the River Thames.

Before our Journey

Before heading out on our journey, I checked out the Tower of London Guide, which is for parents and carers of people who are on the autism spectrum. (Collated by the National Autistic Society and families of children on the Autism Spectrum) This access guide provides you with maps and useful tips before your visit. There is even a useful link to the Transport of London site. I found the access guide to be helpful, giving advice on what areas to visit first to avoid busier periods. It is amazing how the guide navigates your way through multiple areas of the tower. As you read it, you almost feel like you are already there.

Onwards to our journey! We purposely decided to visit the tower on a Sunday. We headed out first thing in the morning and experienced something that we had never experienced before:

An empty tube, our journey to London, train journey
Our Train Journey to the Tower of London

An empty train! We were pretty lucky!

On Arrival

We had arrived, and our first stop was to see the Ravens. Legends are told that at least six ravens must stay at the tower. Their absence will cause the kingdom to fall!

A black raven at the Tower of London, black raven
Raven at Tower of London

We then headed over to the White Tower to experience the Armoury in Action. This was one of my son’s favourite parts. He enjoyed the interactive elements and enjoyed the video of how to make a helmet.

Feeling hungry, we stopped off at the Ravens Café for a very delicious Cumberland sausage:

A hotdog with mustard and onions, ravens cafe
Hotdog at the Ravens Café

The Ravens Café was ideal for us as we were able to take in some beautiful views while avoiding the crowded areas during peak hours.

This time around we did not get to see the Crown Jewels as the queue stretched right around the corner. Nonetheless, as we bypassed the Crown Jewels, we saw the guards marching by, which my son thoroughly enjoyed:

The guards marching at the Tower of London, guards marching
Guards Marching at Tower of London

I highly recommend visiting the Tower of London. If you want to know more about the history of imprisonment at the tower, fascinating facts about the Royal Beasts, see the Beefeaters or if you are interested in the Tudor period and Anne Boleyn; the Tower of London is the place for you.

*A carer ticket is free of charge if a concession ticket is purchased. Carers tickets must be collected from the Welcome Centre.

*Members and Children under 5 go free

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