By Yasmin Giannini, aged 7
The Tower of London is probably THE one destination that everyone wants to visit, as its huge White Tower instantly grabs your attention as you look along the Thames – and the trip really doesn’t disappoint.
Built in 1066 by the Normans, it’s one of our city’s oldest historical landmarks, and still is the most dominant building in the 20th Century. My family and I took a trip to the mighty castle this Easter and the experience was fantastic. Suddenly, everything that I’d learnt at school came to life right in front of my eyes . I touched the stone-walls, walked through The White Tower and saw the ravens . I also got to see where the wild animals, such as elephants and tigers, were kept. It was shocking to see and touch the staircase where the ‘Princes in the Tower’ were found, because the youngest of these was only 9 when he disappeared. That’s only a little bit older than me! The most amazing thing about a trip to The Tower of London was the actual size of King Henry’s armour and the Crown Jewels. I’d always been taught that King Henry was a fat man who ate lots of food, but his body armour shows us just how large he was! The Crown Jewels are just so big, glittery and beautiful that it’s hard to image that they’re real. The Tower was also the original home of the Royal Mint, so you’ll learn the entire history of British money, right up to the present day. If you’re planning a trip to The Tower of London, then here’s a few tips:
Ticket tips: A family trip can be quite expensive, but there are ways to cut the cost. Check out http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/2for1-london where you can get two tickets for the price of one
Early Start: It’s a top attraction, so get there early and head straight for The Crown Jewels first. On busy days the queue for the jewels can be an hour long, so hitting this section first will beat the wait.
Weather Wise: Most of the day is spent outdoors, so go prepared for all sorts of weather
Special Events: Look out for any special events taking place during your trip. We were allowed to make our own crown jewels and dress up as Kings for free, it was incredible! So don’t miss any events that are being staged as special times.
I love history and my trip to the Tower of London was brilliant. BUT, be warned – all of those stories about kings and queens that we’ve been taught at school aren’t fairytales, they’re actually real and everything comes to life when you step into the Tower. Just get your mum and dad to reassure you that nobody’s going to chop off your head!