The Tower of London is one of the most popular fortresses located on the banks of River Thames in London. For more than 900 years, this fortress has served as a state prison, execution spot and treasury for the royal family. Since 1988, this castle has earned its place in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tower of London Beefeater tour is the highlight of England holiday packages.
Historically Yeomen Warders, popularly known as Beefeaters were responsible for taking care of the Crown Jewels and also looked after the prisoners kept in the Tower of London. Nobody knows where the term ‘Beefeater' originated from. However, it is believed that these guards were allowed to eat beef from the royal table and hence the name. Eventually ‘Beefeater' became a term which is used to differentiate the royal bodyguards at the tower from other royal guards working in different other locations.
These days, Beefeaters are not only responsible for surveillance of the Tower of London, but also offer guided tours of the fortress. If you want to get the true essence of this royal castle, a guided tour with one of the Beefeaters is a must. Tower of London Beefeater tour does not incur any additional cost and is the best way to explore the palace. In addition, only a Beefeater tour can get you admission in the St. Peter ad Vincula church. Beefeaters are entertaining as well as engaging and nobody knows the Tower better than them.
The oldest part of the fortress is the White Tower which is entirely made of limestone. This tower has a historical significance and is an iconic symbol of Britain. The tower still stands strong and intrigue visitors coming from different parts of the world. The White Tower showcases the historic Royal Armouries, including the magnificent armours of Charles I, James II and Henry VIII.
One of the major attractions of the Tower of London is the Crown Jewels of the royal family. This priceless and rare collection has some of the finest gems in the world that you cannot stop admiring. Still today, the royal queen regularly wears this jewellery collection on different important events. Royal animals were also brought to the Tower’s Menagerie and it was once home to tigers, polar bears, lions, zebras and elephants. However, these wonderful beasts were often mistreated and later dispatched to their new home in Regent’s Park.
There are events taking place in the Tower of London all year round, so it doesn’t really matter when you are visiting this place. There are a number of theatre shows taking place during the summer months and you can find an ice skating rink in the winter. The beefeaters have guarded the Tower of London for several centuries and their tales will possibly leave you appalled. England holiday packages let you know royal secrets and gossips from a Beefeater as there is much more to this medieval fortress than the Crown Jewels, royal animals, detention and death.