Legends suggest that the Tower is a
grim fortress in which, over the centuries, hundreds
of prisoners suffered and died, but is this true? It's
the Tower of London's association with torture, more
than all the rest of the many uses to which the Tower
has been put, that has come to dominate the image of
the Tower of London in the popular imagination, but
what is the reality behind this?
Meet your guide at the landing stage and take a short
walk (200 yards) to the Tower of London to enjoy an
‘After hours’ tour focusing on Prisoners
and punishment, and learn the truth behind the legends.
See the carvings in the Beauchamp Tower etched into
the walls by men during their incarceration; visit the
reputedly-haunted Salt Tower where many Jesuit priests
were kept; and hear the true stories of past prisoners
of the Tower in their own words with the costumed event
'A Thousand Years of Tower History'. Finally, visit
the Spanish Armoury in the mighty White Tower which
houses the famous block and axe, as well as a collection
of spine-chilling artefacts from the 16th-century including
the Collar, thumbscrews and stocks.
Finally witness the celebrated ceremony of the keys,
a practical tradition that has been in place for hundreds
Canapés and champagne will be served during
your tour of the Tower.