The Tower of London, a castle made up of 22 towers, has a long and gruesome history. It has gone through many different uses, including a royal residence, a treasury, an armory, a mint, and even a zoo. There are detailed sculptures of wild animals all over the property.

The Bloody Tower was used as a prison, and several queens and a king, along with numerous nobles, died here. The famous Beefeaters stand guard at the Tower and have been since the Tudor times.

Some ancient traditions have survived to this day, such as the Ceremony of the Keys, the Gun Salutes on the Wharf, the Beating of the Bounds, and the Constable’s Dues.

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Region
Europe
Country
UK and Ireland 
Category
Cultural
Name
Tower of London
Selection Criteria (?)
(ii)(iv)
Year of Registered
1988
Keyword
Registered in 1988, Tower