London has a long and fascinating history, which stretches back over 2 millennia. It was once occupied by the ancient Romans and to this day there are several Roman era’ sites in London. Over the centuries London evolved and grew into this massive megapolis, which now is one of the most important cities in the world. History buffs will take great delight in visiting the many museums and historical sites that are spread across the city.
Those planning a trip to London and looking for accommodation to the north of the city will find the Hotel Park Grand London Heathrow an apt choice of accommodation. Just a 20-minute Tube ride away from central London, it also offers access to the many attractions in and around the airport.
While in London, a visit to the most iconic of its medieval era attractions, the Tower of London is an unmissable activity.
The major exhibits on display at the Tower of London include:
The Crown Jewels:
The display comprises some of the most famous gemstones on the planet, which are kept in a shatterproof glass case that is indestructible. They are placed on beautiful blue velvet and are secured in the Tower of London’s Jewel House. They are among the highlight of a tour of the Tower.
The White Tower:
This is the oldest structure at the Tower and has an extremely well-maintained chapel dating back to the 11th century. It showcases an impressive set of exhibits called the ‘Line of Kings’. It features arms and body armour that have been continuously on display for more than 3 centuries. It also features the weapons and armour worn by King Henry VIII, making it a very popular exhibit for military buffs.
The Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula:
It is the Royal Chapel that was built in the 12th-Century, where the executed victims at the Tower were laid to rest. There are statues and memorials of the famous people buried here including Bishop John Fisher and Sir Thomas Moore. It also holds religious services for those working and living in the Tower of London.
A Medieval Palace:
One of the more unique attractions is the specially recreated rooms including King Edward I bedchamber. A visit to the Medieval Palace educates visitors of the grandeur and comfort in which the Kings and Queens of England lived in bygone times.
One of the macabre areas of the tower to actually visit is Tower Green, where most of the executions were carried out. There is a lovely memorial installed dedicated to the memory of all those hapless souls that were executed at the site. Among those whose names feature on the memorial are of two of King Henry VIII’s wives and the Countess of Salisbury, Margaret Pole among other victims.
Celebrating the fact that the Tower of London was once home to the Royal Mint (before it was relocated to Wales), there is the Mint Street exhibit. It showcases important details of the history of the mint at the tower. Visitors get a unique hands-on experience along with seeing the numerous artefacts that were produced at the Royal Mint when it was in the Tower of London.