Exactly 23,578 gemstones make up the Crown Jewels, the very symbols of Royal Authority! And, when they aren’t being worn by the current Queen, you can see them at the Tower of London. Under lock and key at the Jewel House, these diamonds, emeralds, and rubies have a major religious, cultural, and political significance in the history of England and beyond. Don’t gaze at King Edward’s crown for too long or you might attract the attention of the armed guards!
Over 133 confirmed executions have occurred at the Tower of London over the centuries. Most famously, Anne Boleyn and St. Thomas More were beheaded here. William Wallace and the future Queen Elizabeth I both served time at the Tower of London, too. And, while visiting, you can see the implements of torture and execution used at the time, such as the executioner’s block, his axe, and the rack. You’ll leave the Tower of London happy that you live in modern times!
General Admission to Tower of London Free guided tour with a Yeoman Warder
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