The Tower of London is a must see for many visitors to London, I know it was for me when I first visited England’s capital city. The Tower is a historic castle along the River Thames, that is officially named Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London. It is one of the most popular attractions in London, pulling in almost 3,000,000 visitors per year.
It is also quite haunted and I will cover that in this post!
The Tower of London was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988 stating Outstanding Universal Value with several cultural qualities. It was built by William the Conqueror to protect London and has been a fortress with many layers of extraordinary royal history.
The Tower of London’s first construction of the White Tower was in 1078. It was then followed by the Inner Ward during the 1190s, being rebuilt in 1285 with a wharf extension between 1377 to 1399. This castle has played an influential and prominent role in England’s long history. It has also served a variety of responsibilities including an armory, treasury and a menagerie. The Tower is also home of the Royal Mint, a public record office, as well as being home to the Crown Jewels of England.
Although the re-created chambers with furnishings has been open to the public for viewing within the last 20 years, the Tower of London has been a tourist attractions since the Elizabethan time. It was one of the major sights in London that visitors wrote about. The most popular attractions were the Royal Menageie, armory and the Crown Jewels, which have been on public display since 1669.
Haunted! Is the Tower of London haunted? It sure is! Depending on how you feel about the supernatural, I can say from my own experiences here- it truly is. I had two happenings that came as a surprise, although I was not looking to find any ghostly experiences. Being a spiritual and intuitive person, things like this do happen to me but I was not expecting it while walking with a crowd of people!
- My first ghostly experience was when I had walked into a room that had about ten people in it. I had just read about the two young brothers, a prince and a duke who were 12 and 9 years old, and were killed in the castle. The eldest, Edward V, and his young brother were brought to the Tower of London to be coronated after their father King Edward IV suddenly died in 1483. Both youngsters had suddenly vanished that evening and were known as “The Princes in the Tower”. In 1674, two workmen found their two small skeletons buried under the steps.
Shortly after reading that story, I felt a tug on the top of my pant leg and it became a stronger pull. I was so startled, I said “Oh my god, who is pulling on my pant leg!” Everyone looked at me like I had lost it, including my friend. Suddenly, I knew who it was since it had to be someone small to be that height to pull on my pant leg!
- My second experience was when my friend and I were walking the grounds and I felt a sharp tearing pain in my abdomen. I had felt this type of pain in two other locations before, one being the Cahokia Mounds in Illinois and the other being an old hut village in Hawaii. During that moment at The Tower of London, I held my gut and barreled over trying not to make a scene. I quietly said “This is not mine, take it away!” It went away as quickly as it came. Several yards later, we came across the Traitors’ Gates. This was the area where prisoners and convicted traitors were horrendously killed. They were removed from the gallows where they were disemboweled, decapitated and then cut into quarters. I was stunned with the idea that either that feeling was placed on me to let me know what happened or I walked through the old energy. It still gives me the shivers to this day.
Considering the Tower of London is one of the city’s most popular tourist sites, I strongly suggest purchasing your tickets online prior to you arriving. I do this whenever I travel and it saves on time. I really dislike standing in a que for longer than needed!
For tickets and information, please visit- The Tower of London
Enjoy your visit- Hopefully ghost free!
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