While the Tower of London is in itself a fantastic attraction, it also boasts a wealth of exhibitions that offer a further insight into the British monarchy and its gruesome history. Here are a few of the best ones to look out for during your visit.
The Ceremony of the Keys is a 700-year-old tradition that sees the tower being locked up every night in order to protect the valuables that are kept here, such as the Crown Jewels. While it is free to see this ceremony, it is important to book as far in advance as possible, as it is usually very popular.
Coins and Kings: The Royal Mint looks at how the mint was operated when it was stationed here between 1279 and 1812. Families can enjoy interactive displays, learning further about the various monarchs who headed the mint, and how the coins produced reflected the politics of the time. Whether it is Elizabeth I’s restoration of currency, medieval money or Issac Newton’s attempts to get rid of all counterfeiters in London, there is much to be learnt here.
Royal Beasts focuses on the various exotic animals that have called this fortress home over the years. The creatures lived at the Royal Menagerie, founded in the early 13th century, for over 600 years and they included lions, kangaroos, elephants and even polar bears. Learn about how the animals must have lived here, and be sure to look out for the life-size modern sculptures of some of the royal beasts created with wire mesh by artist Kendra Haste.
Last but not least is Line of Kings, which features a wide collection of armour, wooden horses and carved heads of kings. Focusing on a monarch’s right to rule and good kingship, this is a whistlestop tour of those who have ruled this great nation.
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