London’s size and immense history may seem larger than life for children. That’s why we have designed a special family tour to ensure they experience it as they should, sparking their imagination! The foggy history of the Tower of London, the River Thames and the surrounding historic center will be brought vividly to life with a handpicked itinerary chock full of the best of this history-laden realm. On this tour, you’ll cruise down the Thames, count its most famous bridges, as well as be among the first to enter the Tower as it’s waking up and at its quietest.
Our Tower of London family tour kicks off at Embankment, from where you’ll set sail on the Thames, much as the English sailors of the past would have done. As you see London from the water, your family will be enthralled with dastardly tales of the smugglers, pirates, and mutineers who sailed the Thames, as well as the fate that befell them when caught. Be captivated as your guide conjures images of these scallywags being marched across London Bridge led by a man carrying a silver oar.
As the Tower of London comes into view, it’s time to disembark and admire the iconic Tower Bridge from the best vantage points along the river. With their heads swimming with stories of swashbucklers, your children will have a new-found fascination, made all the more alluring by specially designed tour activity materials provided by your guide for each child. These fun resources will ensure children are engaged on every leg of the tour.
Then it’s time to brave the Tower of London! Formerly a notorious prison and execution ground where even members of the various royal houses met their grisly end, it now harbors treasures like the Crown Jewels. Our early morning departure means that your eager historians will be among the first to explore this amazing site.
History comes alive for them as your guide lays the Tower’s secrets bare – see the famous Beefeaters and learn about their proud history, then learn what the ominous Traitor’s Gate was used for, and the legend of the beady-eyed ravens that stalk the Tower’s grounds.
Marvel at the spectacular Crown Jewels, see the medieval palace where kings once lived, the towers where prisoners were held, and march along the ramparts as the guards once did defending this incredible fortress, with spectacular views over the river. Follow your guide as they take you straight to its most significant recesses, showing your children the very best of this surprising palace!