The Tower of London
Today we travel by coach to the Tower of London and take a
guided tour. The Tower exhibits much to do with the Plantagenet
Kings. The Tower itself was improved and extended by Henry II, and
Edward I was responsible for bringing the mint into the Tower, as
we see in the exhibition on Plantagenet economy.
Built in 1066 after William the Conqueror's victory at Hastings,
the UNESCO-listed fortress has played a prominent role in the
country's history ever since, with many vital power struggles
amongst the ruling classes taking place here. We also see the
sparkling Crown Jewels, before enjoying free time in the castle and
its grounds. Having served as both a palace and a prison, there are
many interesting things to be discovered, from the 13th century
royal chambers to the story of its final prisoners the Kray twins,
who were detained here in 1952.
We then visit Westminster Abbey, accompanied by our private Tour
Guide. The Abbey is the burial sites of many Plantagenet rulers. As
the traditional burial and coronation site of British and English
monarchs, the abbey has played an important role for Christianity
in England and is one of the UK's most recognisable religious
buildings. It was reportedly founded in the 970s, though no
concrete date has been agreed upon by historians.
The fable of the abbeys beginning says that a young fisherman
called Aldrich on the River Thames saw a vision of St Peter near
the site, and in later years apparently explains the gifts of
salmon that fishermen would bring when they came to the abbey. We
enjoy a guided tour of the Abbey.
You are free to explore London in the afternoon so perhaps you'd
like to visit one of the capital's many fantastic museums and