The Tower of London is a castle on the north bank of The River Thames in central London. It is known officially as ‘Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, as it is owned by the crown. It is a listed building and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The castle was built over around 350 years, from 1078 to 1399 with various rebuilds and extensions carried out during that time. The castle was used as a prison from the 12th century to the 20th century, although that was not its primary purpose, which was that the castle was used as a royal residence. The Tower of London is a complex of many different buildings, within the walls of the Castle. The Tower has been used for many purposes, it has been home to the Crown Jewels, the home of the Royal Mint, armoury and a treasury amongst other things.
The Tower of London is situated in the Tower Hamlets borough of central London. The Tower is accessible by public transport, the London underground station ‘Tower Hill’ is the closest station.
Opening Times and Admission
There is a cost to enter the castle and these prices vary depending on the ticket, with an adult ticket being priced at £21 and other tickets such as child and family available at discounted rates.