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“A historic building but not much to see inside”
Review of Jewel Tower

Jewel Tower
Ranked #728 of 1,913 things to do in London
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Reviewed September 7, 2017

I visited the Tower because I have an English Heritage membership and therefore didn't have to pay for admission. It is a remnant of the old Palace of Westminster and gains its name from the fact that is was a secure store tower for the Palace, and latterly for historic documents. Architecturally there is not much to see, though there are some interesting original details and English Heritage have added exhibits about the history of the Tower and the Palace, which no longer exists, and some of the items and documents that were stored there.

Interesting, but not a must-see if you have limited time.

Thank Ian C
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Reviewed September 5, 2017

This was a quite like building, not very interesting. We were in and out with the kids quickly and they were not overly interested. The site has a nice history. We are members of English Heritage so we did not pay. It you are paying customers I would not overly recommend.

Thank 341jags
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Reviewed August 31, 2017 via mobile

The Jewel Tower is a 14th century part of The Royal Palace of Westminster and was built in 1365 to 1366. It was built to house the treasures of Edward III and has immense history and is still intact today. Located in Old Palace Yard, Westminster, this building survived the fires in Westminster in 1834. Best underground station is Westminster station.

Thank rayrest
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Reviewed August 12, 2017

Not much to see within the tower but it explains about Westminster Palace. It has a model in it showing the extent of Westminster Palace and how important the tower was to the Kings. Extremely interesting. This was where the Kings kept the Death Warrants and laws. Also explains why the need for weights and measures came about. Worth a visit.

Thank Rick H
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Reviewed August 3, 2017

This was the first tower to house the crown jewels and treasury under William the Conqueror. It is small and undeniably overlooked today, dwarfed by Westminster and built around by Victorian shops and houses. I had trouble finding it, even asking some native Londoners who said they had lived there their whole lives and never heard of it! It is located on the other side of Parliament, adjacent to Westminster. A small dried mote and gate is still extant. The tower is of Norman architecture and not nearly as imposing as the White Tower. You will walk in to find a well-stocked gift shop on the bottom level and following an ascent on the steepest round stairway, you will be at the top, a small set of rooms laid out with artifacts which the tower would once have housed. This tower was abandoned for the more secure Tower of London you know today but it is interesting to see where the jewels once called home. It is not a must-see but if you have an interest in history, I recommend a stop.

Pros: neat history, off the beaten path, no large crowds.
Cons: hard to find if you don't know where to look.

Thank LadiesUsedToVamp
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