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Dare you take a spooky twilight tour of the Tower of London this winter? Historic Royal Palaces are giving visitors a unique opportunity to gain after-hours access to the ancient fortress as well as hear the gruesome stories which make it world famous.
The tours are led by the iconic and entertaining Beefeaters who not only share tales of intrigue, imprisonment, execution and torture but also get a kick out of making you jump.
Although largely spent outdoors, the tour also includes a brief look in the Bloody Tower, where two young princes disappeared from their beds while under the care of their Uncle Richard, Duke of Gloucester. Two centuries later, workmen at the Tower dug up a wooden box containing two small human skeletons.
Another highlight of the tour is the chance to hear ghost stories at Tower Green, a historical burial ground and the site where three English Queens (Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard and Jane Grey) were beheaded. If you feel tired, you can rest your legs in the Chapel where their headless bodies lie. Rumour has it that there might be some more right beneath your feet…
Finally, you’ll head to the bottom of the Wakefield Tower where hundreds of prisoners were held at one time and where you can see three terrifying instruments used to torture traitors. Not one for the faint-hearted!
The tour is interspersed with tales of apparitions appearing in photographs, mirages passing through bodies and unknown guests being seen on tours…
Evening tours run in November, January, February and March. Tickets are £25. Book a twilight tour here.
Learn more about the legendary Tower of London in Tudor Times by watching Tower Beefeater Barney Chandler sharing his London Story. Watch this video for a chance to win a dream trip to London for two. Find out more here.