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ABOVE: The Tower of London, viewed from the River Thames. INSET BELOW: A Yeoman Warder describes dramatic scenes from the Tower's history.

photoThe Tower of London is one of Britain's premier historic sites, drawing some 2.5 million tourists and Londoners per year. Fortunately, the nearly 1,000-year-old castle has plenty of room for crowds, with 18 acres (7.3 hectares) of towers, walls, and green space overlooking the banks of the River Thames. A recently completed 8-year, 20 million restoration and improvement project has made this UNESCO World Heritage Site even more attractive, accessible, and convenient for visitors.

The Tower of London is operated by Historic Royal Palaces, a Royal Charter Body that also manages Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace, and the Banqueting House in Whitehall.

To learn more about the Tower and its attractions, go to the next page or use the navigation table below:

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