The building essentials and history succinctly and simply explained
Barry goes to The Tower for an inside tour. The half day tour follows on to include St Pauls Cathedral, and also to see highlights in the proximity of these two magnificent buildings. There is The River Thames, Tower Bridge, both adjacent to The Tower. This walk is pedestrian friendly but usually busy. Other nearby highlights are The Guildhall and the historic business district. It should be noted that St Pauls Cathedral is closed to sightseeing visitors on Sundays as this is a working church. Barry is happy to substitute another central London highlight instead of St Paul's for any Sunday bookings. Visitors may nevertheless access the interior of the church for Sunday services. Visitors can enter for free on this day when services are due to commence and sit and listen to the sermon and at "evensong" a professional choir frequently sings. Guiding is not allowed inside on Sunday but the guide can describe its history and architecture from the outside
We meet either at your hotel lobby, and proceed straight to the Tower for entry as close to or before opening time as possible. It is important to visit the Crown Jewels exhibition in the Jewel House first, because queues often develop in busy parts of the summer period. Afterwards the adjacent White Tower Museum and its armour and firearms exhibition is a fascinating way to explore the original central part of the fortress (dates from 1075 -1100 approx). We look at the execution and burial site of queens, explore the Bloody Tower, understand what made this castle impregnable and discuss, Beefeaters, Ravens, & famous prisoners down the centuries.
Part 2 of the tour will transfer to St Pauls Cathedral either on foot or public transport, learning about the history of the original Roman City to the present time on the way.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Hotel, Suggested by Guide: Guide to collect travellers from visitor Hotel or central London accommodation. Please advise guide of the central London address
Duration: 5 hours
Walking between the two venues is historic but can take 15/30 minutes. It is only 5 minutes by bus or taxi (excluding wait time) which is a small extra cost
We will use public transport either a Zone 1 "cashless" Oyster Card or your credit/debit card that is useable in a "cashless way". There is a symbol on your card that confirms this capability. I can help with transport advice on the day if necessary to advise on effective and economical purchase of public transport tickets.
- Guiding Services
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 GBP - The full adult per person Tower of London entrance fee = currently £28.00. St Paul's is free entry for church services. Family tickets may be cheaper depending on family size. Otherwise as a visitor there is a charge per adult around £20.00 per person
- Personal Expenses
- Public Transportation Tickets
- Food, Drinks, Snacks
I can arrange car transport if required in a private vehicle.
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Barry is extremely knowledgeable about London Tower and the the bridge and are there. Enjoyed our time him and learning about the history of the tower. Thank you.