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Tower of London - Ceremony of the Keys

  • Apr 13, 2011
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London is one of the priciest cities to visit so you might want to look for some free things to do so you can afford to eat. Here's a freebie that gives you the opportunity to step back in time and be a part of history. The event is called "The ceremony of the keys." It takes place at the Tower of London after the museum and grounds have closed down for the night to tourists. It has been a nightly event for the last 700 years.It was only missed once during WWII.

The event attendance is by invitation only but you can find out about getting the free tickets by clicking here. Every night the Tower is locked up by the Chief Yeoman Warder who is attired in the traditional scarlet coat and Tudor bonnet of his regiment. He carries a lantern and with foot guard escort, he leads the group through the gate to make his way to the start of the ceremony at exactly 21:53 (or 9:53 for those not accustomed to military time).

It's just a short tour but the history lesson is wonderful as you stand and listen in the dark.You can feel the significance of this tradition being repeated once again.


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