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Tower of London is top of the pile

Published: Monday 13th of October 2008

The Tower of London is Britain's most popular paid-for visitor destination, according to new research.

A survey conducted by tourism body VisitBritain found that the Tower received two million visitors in 2007, beating other world-famous attractions such as St Paul's Cathedral to the top of the rankings.

The original part of the building, the White Tower, was built in 1078 by William the Conqueror. Other buildings were added inside the two perimeter walls and moat.

Over its 930-year history the Tower has been used variously as a prison, a zoo and since 1303 the home of the Crown Jewels, a collection of priceless artefacts used in royal coronation ceremonies.

LondonPass holders can enjoy free entry to the Tower of London, benefiting from a saving of £16.50 off the adult price and £9.50 for children. What's more they also gain a 20 per cent discount off items purchased in the Tower of London gift shop.

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