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To the Heart of London – Tower Bridge & Tower of London

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Exploring London is a real journey through time, and ES Camps makes it a fascinating experience that you will remember forever. . Among the famous attractions of London, the two most iconic landmarks – Tower Bridge and the Tower of London – stand as a living testimony to the rich British heritage involving the great kings and their reigns. Whether you’re a history buff, an admirer of beautiful architecture, or simply looking for an unforgettable adventure through summer school programs, these two attractions are a must-visit on your London itinerary. Let’s learn more!

Tower Bridge: The Engineering Marvel

Imagine standing on a bridge that serves as a vital route to travel and an architectural masterpiece that has stood the test of time. Tower Bridge, with its distinctive Victorian Gothic style, is not just any bridge; it’s a symbol of London’s long-lived spirit and brilliance. Capture the majestic view of Tower Bridge from the banks of the Thames, especially during the evening when it’s beautifully lit.

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Fun Fact!

Did you know the bridge’s bascules are raised about 800 times a year? It’s a must-see sight!

A Bit of History

Tower Bridge was built between 1886 and 1894, when London was at the peak of the Industrial Revolution. The city needed a new bridge to ease traffic while not blocking the river traffic to the busy Port of London. The solution was as impressive as it was beautiful – a bascule and suspension bridge that could lift to allow ships to pass and remain a stunning landmark when lowered.

Why It's Special

Tower Bridge is a Victorian Gothic architectural and engineering masterpiece. Apart from its elegant appearance, the perfect combination of structure and function makes it a unique attraction in London. The bridge houses a state-of-the-art (for the time) steam-powered mechanism that lifts the bascules. It features high-level walkways with a unique glass floor offering breathtaking city views. Inside this suspension bridge, you can also explore the fascinating Engine Rooms, where visitors can explore the original steam engines that powered the bridge. The Tower Bridge Exhibition provides an excellent display of the bridge’s history. This engineering marvel offers a variety of ways to enjoy the beauty of this Victorian attraction.

The Tower of London: A Symbol of British History

Just a short walk from Tower Bridge lies the Tower of London, a historic castle with a story that’s huge and fascinating. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has served many roles: royal palace, fortress, prison, and zoo! Inside the Tower of London, the White Tower and the Crown Jewels make for stunning photographs, but remember, photography is not allowed in the Jewel House.

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Fun Fact!

Ravens have lived at the Tower for centuries. Legends say that if they ever leave, the kingdom will fall. Today, the Tower’s ravenmaster cares for these birds, ensuring the safety of the kingdom.

A Journey Through Time

The Tower’s history begins in the 1070s, when William the Conqueror built it to establish his power. Over the centuries, it has been a backdrop to some of the most historic moments in British history, including the dramatic tales of the Princes in the Tower and the execution of Anne Boleyn.

Why It's Special

The Tower of London isn’t just one tower but a complex of several buildings set within two concentric rings of defensive walls and a surrounding water canal. At the core of the Tower complex stands the White Tower, a Norman structure that has witnessed a millennium of British history. You’ll discover the awe-inspiring Royal Armouries collection within these thick walls. This world-renowned collection showcases centuries of English military might and royal armaments. Inside the White Tower, don’t miss the Chapel of St. John the Evangelist, one of the best-preserved examples of Norman church architecture in England.

A saddening site within the structure is the Tower Green, the execution site of many important persons from English history, including three queens of England. Today, a memorial marks the spot, paying tribute to those who met their tragic fates here. Every visit to the Tower is complete with viewing the Crown Jewels, an astonishing collection of royal kingdoms and symbols of the British monarchy. The Jewel House hosts this display, including the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross. Also, be sure to join one of the famous Yeoman Warder tours. These ‘Beefeaters’ are guardians of the Tower and excellent storytellers, bringing to life the tales of historical events, imprisonment, and rebellion within these ancient walls.

Tower Bridge and the Tower of London showcase London’s rich history and long-standing spirit. They offer a glimpse into the past, showcasing engineering marvels, royal grandeur, and tales of marvels. Visit these icons of British history through the ES Camps summer program and step into a world where history lives and breathes.

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