I went to visit the Tower of London on a rare trip to the capital yesterday and have to say that I really enjoyed it. There’s a lot to see there, although I wouldn’t say that you need to spend a whole day, so you definitely get your money’s worth. For those who are interested I thought I’d do a short blog about it.
The best thing for me was probably the royal beasts section. There’s not much there aside from some facts about the animals that used to be kept by kings and queens at the tower, but the stuff they had in there was really interesting. For example, did you know that one of the kings had a pet polar bear? The keepers used to tie it to a rope and let it swim and catch fish in the Thames – must of been an interesting sight!
Considering the reputation of the tower there wasn’t really much in the way of gruesome sections of torture devices. There was the occasional mention of torture and mysteries in the tower, such as the disappearance of two boys who had a claim to the throne in mysterious circumstances, but it was almost like the people who run the tower today are trying to move away from its gruesome past. Even though it’s called the Tower of London, it’s really just a very large and impressive castle. For that reason it was usually only the most important prisoners that were kept there, which is why there probably isn’t any dungeons – or at least any that are available to be explored.