Poppies at The Tower Of London

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Last weekend I was incredibly lucky to visit the Poppy Installation, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London.

My Mum, Sister, Nieces and I had been planning a visit to The Tower of London for a while now (we’d only visited once before as kids, and I was always so interested in this part of British History) so we decided now would be a good time to visit. My mum had kindly got us some tickets for the day, alongside an afternoon tea treat inside the grounds, so it was set to be a lovely day ahead.

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red marked one hundred years since the first full day of Britain's involvement in the First World War, and was created by artists Paul Cummins and Tom Piper.  888,246 ceramic poppies were used in the installation, and the sea of red flowers was the first thing we could see as we turned the corner from where we’d parked the car, not far from Tower Hill Tube Station.

The sea of red was an unbelievable view.  You couldn’t help but think of all the lives lost in the war, as each poppy represented a British military fatality, and it was incredibly moving to see.

 
 
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We stayed and viewed the poppies for a little while, as they filled the moat surrounding the tower, and cascaded along the entrance to the grounds. 

 
 
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Where to find The Tower Of London

Tower of London, London, EC3N 4AB

 
 
 

Almost a 1000 years old, the Tower was built in the 1070s, by William the Conqueror, the most secure castle in the land, the Tower guarded royal possessions and even the royal family in times of war and rebellion.  Home to the Crown Jewels, the Tower now attracts over three million visitors a year.

I always love wandering outside the tower, and I always get caught up in a daydream of how things used to be hundreds of years ago. You can’t help but wonder.  The scene from the river Thames, all the modern architecture and then the tower, smack bang in the middle of our modern city, hundreds and hundreds of years old, and still in an amazing condition, will always be a cool thought to me.  I can never get over how old the place is, and yet it’s still standing here.

 

Inside The Tower of London

Once we’d joined the queues (it’s always super busy, no matter what time of year you come) and collected our tickets from the box office outside the grounds, we made our way inside the tower.

 There really is so much to see and do at The Tower of London, so you'll be best to spend most of the day.

We arrived fairly early in the morning and stayed until late afternoon, and we still didn’t get to see all the exhibitions and areas.  Make use of the guide maps that they give you, as well as the friendly Yeoman Warders (or Beefeaters) who are on hand to help and of course you will want to get a snap with them as a souvenir.

We spent most of the morning exploring the grounds.  My favourite place inside had to be The White Tower.  Its still in the most incredible condition and you honestly feel like you’re stepping back in time when you wander the stone corridors, and parts are pretty eerie when you think what once went on inside the walls of the tower.

A close second favourite, has to be The Jewel House, which is home to the Crown Jewels.  You get to view the unbelievable diamonds, crowns and jewels from a travelator (I wonder what the ghosts of the kings and queens in the walls think of this), the whole place is like something out of a movie and you can’t help but think that what you see are just props and could never be real jewels.

Other high points for me were Tower Green, which is where executions would take place (now a marked memorial), the Bloody Tower (a bit creepy but fascinating at the same time) and the Line of Kings which has the most amazing display of royal armour (again you get one of those movie moments like you’re stepping back in time).

 
 
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Other high points for me were Tower Green, which is where executions would take place (now a marked memorial), the Bloody Tower (a bit creepy but fascinating at the same time) and the Line of Kings which has the most amazing display of royal armour (again you get one of those movie moments like you’re stepping back in time).

After all that exploring, we were definitely looking forward to our afternoon tea, so we headed over to the New Armouries Café, the main restaurant inside the Tower.  We had some delicious treats (including red velvet cupcakes, complete with chocolate crown) and enjoyed taking in the atmosphere.

 
 
 
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After our tea, we wandered a bit more and of course browsed the gift shop (I was impressed with the merch at The Tower, not a tacky souvenir in sight) and picked up a sweet little metallic leather keyring embossed with a crown of course, to remember my day out. 

Who else, has to collect souvenirs from everywhere you visit?  Doesn’t have to be big, sometimes I just pick up a business card, but I like the feeling you are taking a little piece home with you.

ENTRY: Members: Free, Adult (16+ years old): £22.70, Child (5-15 years old): £10.75 - Pre booking your tickets online is cheaper.

OPENING TIMES: Tuesday-Saturday- 09:00-17:30, Sunday-Monday- 10:00-17:30, Last admission- 17:00 

NEAREST TUBE: Tower Hill: District and Circle Lines (5 minute walk)

SPECIAL EVENTS: There's always events on at The Tower of London - Check the website for latest information

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