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Best Museums for Families: Tower of London

Courtesy of Historic Royal Palaces

Tower of London

The Crown Jewels, yeoman wardens (known as Beefeaters), torture, death, scandalous royal history—you’ll find it all at this 11th-century castle-cum-prison on the northern banks of the Thames. You can even arrive by riverboat, which is how they brought in prisoners, including Queen Elizabeth I, who managed to leave with her neck intact, and Mary Queen of Scots, who did not. Here, the past comes to life—and we’re not just talking about the ghosts who are said to wander its passages. Keep an eye out for the historical graffiti scraped into the walls of the Beauchamp Tower; one prisoner from 1622 simply wrote, “Close prisoner 32 weeks, 224 days, 5376 hours.” hrp.org.uk


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