History

The Tower of London is the oldest royal castle in Europe. Built by William the Conqueror in 1078, the Tower has played a prominent role throughout the course of English history.

Despite being most famous for its use as a prison and place of execution, the Tower’s primary purpose was as a Royal Palace. It was during the 16th and 17th centuries that the the Tower acquired its enduring reputation as a grim, foreboding prison.

After the First and Second World wars damage caused during the Blitz was repaired and the castle was reopened to the public. The Tower of London now covers an impressive eighteen acres next to the River Thames.

Ancient traditions and responsibilities are still alive at the Tower of London with Yeoman Warders and Military personnel guarding the Crown Jewels and securing the Tower 365 days a year.

Today the Tower of London is one of the country’s most popular visitor attractions with over two million visitors a year from all over the world.