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Tower of London
Tower of London/Tower Bridge & Greenwich
London by River

As you approach the Tower of London, you'll be greeted by the awe-inspiring sight of its formidable walls and ancient architecture. Built on the edge of the Saxon city of London by William the Conqueror in 1070, to dominate and impose his power on his newly acquired subjects, it has stood here nearly a thousand years as both prison and fortress.

 

We will join a tour a guided tour led by the Yeoman Warders, commonly known as Beefeaters. These knowledgeable and entertaining guides will lead us through the Tower, sharing fascinating stories, legends, and historical facts about its past. They will also provide insights into the various buildings and landmarks within the complex.

 

We will climb the wooden staircase into the White Tower, from where the Tower of London takes it’s name. Inside, you'll find captivating exhibitions showcasing the impressive collection of arms and armour, including the famous Line of Kings. We can visit St John’s Chapel, built for the private worship of countless Kings and Queens and from where the pious Henry the VI was dragged to his death in 1461.

 

See the Crown Jewels: One of the most popular attractions at the Tower of London. Marvel at the dazzling crowns, sceptres, orbs, and other regal treasures on display. The Crown Jewels represent centuries of British history and symbolize the monarchy's power and prestige.

 

The Bloody Tower, last home of the Princes in the Tower, murdered by their own Uncle so he could become King, and Traitors Gate through which the enemies of so many monarchs made their final journey.

 

Ravens: Don't forget to encounter the legendary ravens of the Tower. According to superstition, the kingdom will fall if the ravens ever leave. Observe these majestic birds and listen to tales about their significance and care by the Yeoman Warders.

 

Take a leisurely stroll along the Tower's walls, so often taken by Sir Walter Raleigh during his thirteen year imprisonment, it offers panoramic views of the surrounding area. Enjoy the picturesque vistas of the Thames River, Tower Bridge, and the modern city skyline while gaining a unique perspective on the Tower's layout and defences.

This is a flexible tour and we can include a trip round Tower Bridge if you'd like, although this will mean a shorter trip to Greenwich. Although we do not charge any extra for guiding you, a ticket will need to be purchased for your guide as the bridge is an independent attraction and not part of English Heritage or the National Trust.

 

We then board one of London’s super-modern Thames Clippers (now sponsored by Uber) - a river boat trip to Greenwich is a wonderful way to enjoy the city's stunning skyline and its rich history.

Thames Clipper by the Tower

When you arrive in Greenwich, you can explore the area's many attractions, such as the Cutty Sark, a 19th-century tea clipper ship that has been preserved as a museum, and the National Maritime Museum, which houses an impressive collection of maritime objects including many historic art and artefacts and beautiful model galleons, made by shipwrights to be presented to the Admiralty Board before they would finally commission the actual vessel.

 

Lunch at the Trafalgar, a beautiful Victorian riverside pub overlooking the Thames is always a welcome break. You can also sample some of the local cuisine at one of the many cafes and restaurants in the area, or browse the shops and markets for unique souvenirs and gifts.

 

You can also visit the Royal Observatory, which is home to the Prime Meridian and the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), as well as a planetarium and a telescope. Here also are the first ever maritime chronometers, the reason Greenwich itself became the centre of the world for navigation and timekeeping. From the observatory, you can enjoy panoramic views of London and the River Thames.

 

Our return to London may include views of some of London's most iconic landmarks, including the Tower Bridge, the Houses of Parliament, and the London Eye depending on where we disembark.

 

Overall, a river boat trip to Greenwich in London offers a unique and enjoyable way to explore the city's history, culture, and beauty.  

All the required ticket links for the trip are below. Please include your guide when purchasing tickets for The Thames Clippers (get the river rover) and Tower Bridge if you wish to include a visit there.

£715

Trip Details

Meeting time – 09.00

Drop-off time – 18.00

Time total – 9 hrs

Steps (approximate) – 10-15K

Ticket Links - Thames Clipper (River Rover) -https://www.thamesclippers.com/explore-london/best-tickets

                          Tower of London - https://www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london/visit/tickets-and-prices/#gs.02ff8q

                          Tower Bridge - https://towerbridge.recreatex.be/Exhibitions/Register 

                          Greenwich - https://www.rmg.co.uk/plan-your-visit/tickets-prices

                           

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