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Tours from Home: Tower of London, Behind the Gates of Britain's Historical Stronghold

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1 hour

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Why take this online tour?

Over the course of this live online experience, journey to England through the iron and wood gates of the Tower of London. From its fortress foundations to its current state as protector of the Crown Jewels, get acquainted with the Tower’s regal watchmen - the Yeomen Warders (known popularly as Beefeaters, but don’t call them that to their face!). Through its various historical functions as fortress, palace, prison and treasury, enjoy the expert storytelling with a local Blue Badge guide who has spent years studying and presenting these fascinating topics to London visitors.

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Engage with a leading London Blue Badge guide who will share stories of the Tower of London and its varied uses throughout history to the present.
  • Created with Sketch.Learn the secrets to some of the Towers official protectors, the Yeomen Warders.
  • Created with Sketch.Look upon all of the gems within the Crown Jewels and hear of their regal use.
  • Created with Sketch.Join in conversation with others from around the world and ask the experts all your burning questions.
  • Created with Sketch.Connect to this live online experience from the comfort of your own home.

Learn why this 12th Century fortress is one of the most iconic historical sites in the world

When I mention “William the Conqueror” what images come to mind? Does the theme song of Game of Thrones play? Can you hear the clash of iron and smell the scent of fire? Can you feel the tension of a forcible rule over England? If you were living in London at the end of the 11th century, you would have felt and envisioned all of this each time you caught a glimpse of the menacing Tower of London.

On this live online tour from home, join our expert Blue Badge guide in London as they take you through the historical foundations and modern uses of the Tower of London which are not always as gruesome as executions or repressive as its history suggests (although there is plenty of that).

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When I mention “William the Conqueror” what images come to mind? Does the theme song of Game of Thrones play? Can you hear the clash of iron and smell the scent of fire? Can you feel the tension of a forcible rule over England? If you were living in London at the end of the 11th century, you would have felt and envisioned all of this each time you caught a glimpse of the menacing Tower of London.

On this live online tour from home, join our expert Blue Badge guide in London as they take you through the historical foundations and modern uses of the Tower of London which are not always as gruesome as executions or repressive as its history suggests (although there is plenty of that).

Look on while the ceremonial guardians of the Tower of London, the Yeoman Warders, (commonly referred to as Beefeaters) take their daily march to open the gates of the Tower, and lay privy to the special meanings behind their actions. As your guide engages you with their expert storytelling, hear the stories of executions that took place within the compound and why one execution site, the Tower Green, was reserved for only a select few.

Enter the lifesize coffer where 800 years of priceless treasures, regalia, and vestments including the various crowns and scepters owned by the royal family are held and guarded. Hear when (and why) these jewels are used, and watch the last time some of these items touched royal head and hand - during Queen Elizabeth’s coronation ceremony.

As your tour begins to wind down, and the Tower of London becomes a place of further wonder and exploration - learn of a very special flock of ravens, and why their lodgings will always be kept here at the Tower of London, by order of Her Majesty the Queen.

If the tour or date you are interested in is not available, please email toursfromhome@takewalks.com to inquire about Private Tour pricing.

Expressing gratitude to your guide through gratuities has never been easier—now featuring an online tipping portal!

Skip the line entrance to the Tower of London.
The Tower itself is an impressive building.
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