|Outer wall in the morning sun.|
It's important to understand that the Tower of London is a castle complex. There is a central hold or keep--the White Tower ,built by William the Conqueror and then an inner wall which included different buildings, towers and the church and the outer wall added last, which was home to the English mint for a while. White Tower directly served the monarchy until the 19th Century.
|Between the Walls|
|View of The Tower of London from across the Thames|
Our next stop was Bloody Tower. It is so named for the alleged murder of the two young (12 and 9) sons of King Edward IV. After that a tour with a Yeoman Warder. The tour was great. We walked to 4 stops where he would share information about that particular location and related information about the tour itself. Our guide was hilarious. He was informative, engaging and certainly himself. After that we walked through the White Tower. There were suits of armor and weaponry. The boys really enjoyed that.
After White Tower we stopped to eat some lunch and said good bye to Hyrum so he could go to work. We walked down to the torture room which housed a rack and device called the "Scavenger's Daughter". It was interesting to see that these tortures were only used for a relatively short period of time and wasn't a general practice. We then walked along the top of the inner wall. They had iron soldiers poised their in various positions. It was a fun way for the kids to experience standing on a castle wall.
|On the wall with a friend|
The weather has been hot the past couple of days so the kids were a bit grumpy, and so was I and it took a bit of work to get them to sleep. It was a full day though and I think, everyone enjoyed it.