The Tower of London, named after its massive white tower, is a prominent historical landmark of London that dates back to the Norman Conquest of England. Although at first intended as a residence for royalty only, it has doubled as prison, armoury, treasury, mint, menagerie and public records office over the centuries alongside its present-day function as the home of the United Kingdom crown jewels. Visitors to London were drawn to it as early as the nineteenth century, though it was not until after the world wars of the twentieth century that it became one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country.

The crown jewels are thought by many to be the main reason to see the Tower of London. However the palace itself is a well-maintained relic of medieval times that has retained an authentic character in spite of past damage and subsequent repairs and restorations.  Take advantage of the complimentary tours by the Yeoman Warders or explore the grounds on your own, though whatever you do make sure you do not miss the White Tower interior or the fortress and its ramparts. Plan for at least half a day, as even if you are not historically inclined you are bound to find enough of interest to keep you occupied for several hours.

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