It was my great privilege to once again visit one of the most iconic landmarks in the World, the Tower of London (courtesy of Historic Royal Palaces) on Sat 11th July.
In my capacity as Secretary of the Eastern Branch GTOA – our group of 30 headed to London for our meeting and special tour around the castle. Beautiful weather brought amazing crowds to the venue but nevertheless we were entertained ‘Royaly’ in the hospitality suite where our Branch meeting was held prior to our adventures around the Tower.
For the first time visitor, the choices within the walls of the Castle are plenty…from the White Tower with its amazing collection of armour and weapons, to the Crown Jewels themselves housed in the building behind me in the photo above.
During the day, costumed players (very much in character) entertain and educate and pop up everywhere and anywhere! Delighting the crowds and giving flavour to the charged atmosphere of history. The ‘Wall Walk’ is an adventure in itself with displays within the many towers you pass through along the ramparts and even ancient graffiti carved into the very stone itself by previous ‘guests’ and prisoners!
The legendary ‘Beefeaters’ guardians of the Tower are there not only to keep law and order, but to advise and educate too. Their very existence is linked irrevocably to the very fabric of the castle and their traditions virtually unchanged over the generations.
For the individual, family or Group, this place has bags to offer. Check out the military museum and don’t forget to taste some ‘vittles’ in the new Armouries Restaurant. We sampled the roast gammon…delicious….
And when that sad time comes for when you have to leave, be sure and visit the onsite shop for some really cool souvenirs from your visit. The choice is very wide and appeals to all ages and pockets.
Groups wishing to visit the Tower can deal with the Groups co-ordinator or simply shoot us an email if you would like any details about taking a Group here. A really great day out.
Greg Jessop – Director – Stardawn Travel