The Tower of London: At Towering Heights

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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. More so, The Tower of London situated in Central London is on the North Bank of the River Thames.

Our Train Journey

Before heading out to London, I checked out the Tower of London Guide, which is for parents and carers of autistic children. (The access guide provides you with maps and useful tips before your visit).

In addition to useful tips, there is even a useful link to the Transport of London site. I found the access guide helpful, as it gives advice on what areas to visit first to avoid busier periods. Furthermore, it is amazing how the guide navigates your way through multiple areas of the tower. In other words, 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:

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Our train journey to the Tower of London

An empty train! We were 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!

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A black raven at the 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.

The Ravens Café

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Hotdog at the Ravens Cafe

Feeling hungry, we stopped off at the Ravens Café for an unbelievably delicious Cumberland sausage:

Marching Guards

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.

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Guards marching at the Tower of London

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:

Conclusion

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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