To help you with getting to the attractions listed in this section, each one lists the nearest rail links. Distances from stations to attractions in this section are given in miles. 1 mile is equal to about 1.6 kilometres.
Note that admission prices stated are on-the-door rates and cheaper tickets can be obtained by booking in advance online, or from other sources. For free admission museums and galleries a donation on the way out, and/or a purchase while there is appreciated and is good practice to help these establishments keep running.
Many attractions have variable opening times depending on the day of the week, the month of the year, and whether schools are in (term time) or out on holiday. We recommend you check opening times and dates with each attraction in advance before visiting to avoid disappointment.
1. Tower of London
Nearest Station: Tower Hill [0.3mi] (Tube) / Tower Gateway [0.4mi] (DLR) / Fenchurch Street [0.4mi] and Cannon Street [0.7mi] (National Rail)
Entry price: Adult – £22, Child (5 to 15) – £11, Concession – £18.70.
Typical opening hours: 09:00 to 17:30 from March to October, and 09:00 to 16:30 from November to February. The attraction opens at 10:00 on Sundays and Mondays year-round.
Of all the major tourist attractions in London to visit, the Tower of London is undoubtedly our favourite. For starters, it is a 900+ year old castle which you’ll find in the heart of London.The Tower was originally constructed for William the Conqueror who invaded London in 1066. By 1078 he had a castle built for him on the edge of the City of London. At the time the tower of London was just the ‘white tower’ which currently stands in the centre of the site. The Tower has been hoe to three coronations – Edward V, Edward VIII and Lady Jane Grey. The Tower is also notorious for being the home of Edward VIII who had six wives throughout his lifetime.
2. Houses of Parliament & Big Ben
Nearest Station: Westminster [0.0mi] (Tube) / Charing Cross [0.6mi] and Waterloo [0.7mi] (National Rail)
Entry price: Adult - £25, Child (5 to 15) – £10, Concessions – £20
Typical opening hours: Open Saturdays throughout the year and on most weekdays during Parliamentary recesses including Christmas, Easter and the summer. English tours depart every 20 minutes from 09:00 to 16:15.
The home of the UK government for over 150 years, the Houses of Parliament are world-renowned. Tours of the inside of the building are available and advanced reservations are recommended/required. Tours of the inside of the clock tower are not available to overseas visitors whereas UK residents can arrange a tour (usually about 6 months in advance) by contacting their local MP. The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben have become a trademark symbol for London and are daily staples in films, TV shows, documentaries and news programmes across the world.
3. Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens
Nearest Stations: Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge, Lancaster Gate and Queensway (Tube) / Paddington (National Rail)
Entry price: None
Typical opening hours: 05:00 to 0:00 year-round for Hyde Park. 06:00 to dusk (between 16:15 to 21:45) for Kensington Gardens.
Once Henry VIII’s hunting grounds, today these two green areas combine to make the largest royal park in central London spanning some 750 acres. For world travellers that is about the same time size as New York’s central park. In the centre of the park you will find The Serpentine, the largest manmade lake in London. Around it you will find cafes, fishing locations and even pedello boats to rent out, as well as many swans. A truly relaxing visit.
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