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Normans Famous Walking Tour of London - Day Tours

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London, United Kingdom
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Normans Famous Walking Tour of London shows you the must see sights from the best viewing positions with funny and unusual stories and secret hidden curiosities in this fantastic two hour introduction to London, all the guides are chosen for their wit, charisma and big voices so you will easily hear every word. Tours finish in an excellent pub where you can eat a lovely lunch or sample a beer.
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PETROSCAIRO1 wrote a review Jul 2016
Athens, Greece26 contributions67 helpful votes
- I started early on the 27th of June 2016 , ready for a visiting day around London on foot , a friend picked and dropped me in front of the Royal Palace , were my day begun : - ….. -First thing to find was some bochures , leflets or even a book , so it would be easier to learn all about I was going to view all day along. My review is all I learned about the Tower of London , and all what happened everytime to get that Crown. It starts whith “” William the Conqueror (1066-87) Duke of Normandy , who built strongholds South-East corner of the Roman City Walls , then replaced by a great stone tower ( the White Tower ) the building stones were from Normandy and Labour from Englishmen , it was completed in1070 . The building was huge a 36mx32,5m across , and South side , the ground is lowest 27,5m tall , it can be seen miles away . Whith a protection wall on two sides , ditches North and West up to 7,5m wide and 3,4 deep , an earthwork topped by wooden palisade . Some buildings were done in 1350 . The Tower was updated , expanded and transformed to a formidable fortress , Those works started in the reign of the Lionheart (1189-99) . More extention to the building was made by King Henry III (the boy king) . Two new Towers on the Waterfront . In 1238 built a massive curtain wall North , East and Western sides reinforced by 9 Towers surrounded by moat flooded . King Edward I (1272-1307) more confident and aggressive , completed the defensive work his father begun and created a new moat . In his reign the Tower was used as prison and the first one was in 1100 “” Ranulf Flambard “” . Nothing to say about Edward II (1307-27) . But Edward III (1327-77) as a warrior , captured two Kings , of France and Scotland that were kept in the Tower . In 1381 the peasants' revolt held Edward into theTower and in 1399 his cousin Henry Bolingbroke accused of tyrannyand foced to renounce the crown . Henry IV (1399-1413) . Henry V (143-22) . Henry VI (1422-61and 1470 – 1) The Wars of the Roses. Henry II held tournaments there was coronation celebration for Henry IV (1461-70 and 1471-83) , a victory parties for Henry VII (1485-1509) . “” For the defeated the Tower was the place of Murder and Execution “” . Victims “” HENRY VI (1471) == EDWARD V and his BROTHER (1483) “” . Henry VIII (1509 47) He broke whith Rome and filled the Tower whith prisoners of religious and political since 1530 onwards . And decide that Monarch's new role as “” Supreme Head of the New Church of England “”. Prisoners wre also Thomas More – Bishop Fisher of Rochester and two of Henry's wives . All four were EXECUTED . Before he died ((1547-53) he executed his father … Mary I (1553-8)Turn to Catholithism and imprisonned Protestnts at the Tower Lady Jane Grey was executed by order of the Queen and Princess Elizabeth . Elizabeth I (1558-1603) Shefilled up the prison , t he same her successor James I (1603-25) , some improvements to the Tower defences were done . . Charles I's reign (1625-49)Long and bloody civil war , until defeated by “” Cromwell “'' and executed in 1649 . Oliver Cromwell became Lord Protector (1553) . The monarchy was restored in1660 , CharlesII was King – some were made in 1774 . From 1826to1852 the Duke of Welligton was Constable of the Tower . Grand Storehouse destroyed by fire (1841) . On 15 June 1845 the Duke Laid foundation stone for the Barracks . London 1840's were full of disturbances ,. Restoration of the Salt Tower was completed in 1858 . Alterations to the St.John's Chapel in the White Tower in 1864 were done . WakefieldTower was restored to house the crown Jewels until 1967 … At the end of Queen Victoria's reign in 1901 over half a million visitors went through the Tower every Year . Between 1914 and 1916 many Spies were held and executed at the Tower of London even Franz Buschmann . The last execution was of the German Josef Jacobs in 1941 , the same year that Hitler's Deputy Fuhrer , Rudolf Hess was held there for a short time , that was the last prisoner at the Tower ….. Now-a-day the Tower of London is a great tourist attraction , a World Heritage Site , bringing people from every corner of this planet . -
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Date of experience: June 2016
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SamSambrink wrote a review Apr 2015
Leeuwarden, The Netherlands5 contributions
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Best walk I ever had, no kidding! Andy is such a cool guy, he knows a lot of London, you can probably ask him anything and he knows. The way he tells his stories are unheard of. If you take the tour be sure to ask about the Guy Fawkes story!
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Date of experience: March 2015
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AHerrewijn wrote a review Apr 2015
Deinum, The Netherlands24 contributions3 helpful votes
Had a great tour with Andy and Andy! It was like walking with a wikipedia database; fascinating information on both past and present London. Not too long, not too short. Loved the walk!
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Date of experience: March 2015
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Horte P wrote a review Aug 2014
Chihuahua, Mexico73 contributions60 helpful votes
we took the free walking tour, it was full in english and a couple that hadnt made a reservation arrived and they were told there was no more space available for that day, so we volunteered to change to the spanish tour and left our spots for them.. my husband was skeptical about taking a tour in spanish in an english speaking country, but it was really amazing, the guide knew a lot and very polite, we really enjoyed it..
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Date of experience: July 2014
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Marcel G wrote a review Nov 2013
London, United Kingdom2 contributions
I've done the tour and I absolutely recommend it: it's friendly, funny, full of amazing historical anecdotes told in such a warm way...brilliant!. Our guide turned out to be a great cicerone and a remarkable actor; if you go you're going to laugh for sure besides seeing a good portion of this amazing city and be thrilled by some of its secrets ;)
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Date of experience: May 2013
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