Blue Badge Guide - Emily Baker & Historic Royal Palaces
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Famed for incarcerating some of the world’s most notorious prisoners, the Tower of London has played many roles throughout history. As the contemporary keeper of the Crown Jewels and home to the ‘Beefeaters’, the citadel has many stories to tell. Join an expert guide on a private tour of this renowned British monument and discover the secrets of this mighty fortress, Royal palace and infamous prison.
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Originally built as a fortress and royal residence by William the Conqueror in 1066, it wasn’t long before the tower took on a number of other – more surprising – roles. In 1204, it became a menagerie for wild beasts acquired by King John and later that century, the location of the mint. However, it is the Tower of London’s history as a prison that has always held the most fascination.Most notoriously, the rightful heir to the throne of Edward IV, his 12-year old son, was locked in the tower by his power-hungry uncle – never to be seen again. Centuries later, the tower also jailed Hitler’s right-hand man, Rudolf Hess, who was brought to London in May 1941 after landing unexpectedly in Scotland.Despite its days of imprisonment coming to an end, the tower remains a living fortress, adapting to its changed circumstances while conserving centuries of tradition. It is home to the world-famous Yeoman Warders, or ‘Beefeaters’, the Crown Jewels, as well as to the ravens – at least half a dozen of which must stay within the bounds of the fortress or, legend has it, the monarchy will fall.A two-and-a-half guided tour with an expert guide, will take you and your guest on a mysterious journey of this historical wonder. Tracing stories back through the centuries, you'll discover just how influential this building has been to British history as a fortress, palace and prison.
It was pleasant experience to visit the London Tower with Emily. She did an excellent job explaining the history and context of this royal fortress. Emily is a warm personality, has a good sense of hu...
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