Castle for Norman King William the Conqueror and Cathedral for London's Patron Saint
These edifices tell 1, 000 years of London's history from the time of William the Conqueror to the present day.
The Tower of London--a symbol of power to rule over the original English Saxons--a fortification but also a Royal palace. Later becoming an Armoury, a menagerie (zoo), a treasury, a prison, a place of execution and today the home of the Crown Jewels! Henry VIII was the last King to inhabit the Tower, having executed two of his queens here! Discover the stories of the Ravens and the Beefeaters, it's protectors.
St. Paul's Cathedral is a fantastic Baroque treasure designed by Sir Christopher Wren, containing tombs/memorials of Britain's national heroes, place of Royal weddings, celebrations
We meet at Tower underground station for an early start at the Tower of London. The incredible and 'priceless' Crown Jewels are very popular, so to avoid long queues, it is best to arrive early. We will see the execution site of Henry VIII's two wives and many others. The Tower remains the oldest stone-built structure still standing in London. Hear how the Normans and their successors achieved this, how the prisons held other famous persons--Sir Walter Raleigh (explorer/adventurer), Sir Thomas Moore, of 'A Man for All Seasons' fame, how Henry VIII as an old/large man managed to dress himself in impressive armour.
Then we visit St. Paul's (London's patron saint) Cathedral. Not the first Cathedral(604AD) but the impressive Baroque masterpiece of Sir Christopher Wren. We'll see the tombs/memorials of great Britons--most famous being Wellington and Nelson whose courage halted Napoleon's advance. Also here in 1981 Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer. And if time allows, end with a climb up its 365'dome
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Tower tube station.
I am willing to meet you at your hotel if you are not confident with public transport.
End location: St. Paul's underground station.
Duration: 4 hours
We shall be using public transport, as these 2 sites are very close together. We could even walk, if preferred. The London travel Oyster cards are extremely useful.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 pounds sterling - Entry fees. A Oyster Travel Card for Zone 1. The distance between the Tower and the Cathedral is also walkable. Any food/drink.
I guide using public transport and/or on foot. I can arrange private transport if required.
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We've spent 3 great days touring with Dianne. We saw so much and learned more than I could absorb, she was a fountain of knowledge. Dianne readily adapted to an unannounced closing of Westminster Abbey. Dianne also bespoked our tour to our personal interests and our family's heritage! Thank you Dianne!