London’s fortress, palace and prison. This is the most complete medieval fortress in Europe. Kings and Queens stayed here, often during the period immediately before their Coronation at Westminster Abbey. Built by William the Conqueror in the late 11th Century and added to by successive monarchs the Tower retains an atmosphere of power and menace. This is where the Crown Jewels are kept in conditions of the highest security. These fabulous objects are used during the Coronation and State Opening of Parliament. They include the enormous Culinan 1, otherwise known as The Star of Africa, the largest cut diamond in the World! The Tower was also the backdrop for the tragic executions of Queens, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, two of Henry VIII’s six wives. You will get to see the fabulously attired Yeoman Warders or Beefeaters who still live within the Tower precincts. A truly memorable place to spend some time.