Attracting tens of millions of visitors each year, London is one of the world’s greatest tourist cities. When visiting the city, be sure to check out these famous sights:
Tower Bridge- London’s Tower Bridge is well known as a symbol of the great city, and should certainly be near the top of a traveler’s bucket list. The bridge was constructed between 1886 and 1894, and is a combination of a suspension and bascule bridge that spans over the River Thames. The bridge is open from 09:30-17:00 on most days and charges a small fee to visit, so be sure to add this London landmark to your visit.
Tower of London- Officially known as Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, the Tower of London is a famous castle located near the Tower Bridge on the north shore of the River Thames. The Tower dates back to the times of the Norman Conquest of England in the late eleventh century, and was part of William the Conqueror’s efforts to fortify his control of London. The hours are more limited and the prices are slightly higher than visiting the Tower Bridge, but it’s certainly worth checking out this piece of British history.
Westminster Abbey- Located adjacent to the House of Parliament along the River Thames, Westminster Abbey is a large abbey church that has served as the burial site for many British royals. Westminster Abbey is still an operating church that welcomes over one million visitors each year, so be sure to check out their website for updated hours of operation.
Buckingham Palace- Located in the center of London not far from Big Ben and the River Thames, Buckingham Palace serves as the headquarters and residence of the United Kingdom’s monarchy. The palace is open to visitors for approximately ten weeks each summer. Highlights of touring the palace include seeing the luxurious staterooms, viewing the collectibles of the royals including paintings and sculptures, and seeing some of the best French and English furniture in the world. Another highlight of Buckingham Palace is the Changing of the Guard, which takes place at various times throughout the week.