Last Christmas my brother gave us an amazing gift. He bought my little family a membership to the Tower of London. This membership also gives us access to Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace. For free. It also gives us 10% off in the cafe’s and the gift shop. In short it’s amazing. And it lasts for a year, from our first visit. Which was good for us, since we didn’t actually make it out to any of the five palaces until the end of August.
Now going to the Tower of London on the bank holiday Monday was a bit of a mistake. It was hot and crowded with lots of queues. But we still managed to enjoy ourselves. The line up for the Crown Jewels was excessively long, so we gave it a miss but did head to the White Tower and the Bloody Tower. Beans loved walking up and down all the spiral staircases, her mother less so.
The White Tower had lovely armour to admire, and full-sized horse statues. Each horse had it’s own unique facial expression, which was in quite the contrast to all the blank “faces” from the armour. At the top of the tower was an amazing dragon made out of weapons, jewels, armour, and scrolls. It was my favourite thing of the day.
Family packs are available from the ticket desk and I recommend picking one up. Beans was pleased as punch to get her “Practicing Princess” badge and the workbook was age appropriate. It encouraged us to look out for all the wonderful animal statues scattered around the Tower, which gave our visit some direction.
I’m looking forward to visiting again. Perhaps when it’s not as busy.