Haunted Destination – The Tower of London

Did you know that The Tower of London is haunted? It is considered one of Britain’s spookiest places as well as one of its most visited.

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It is also known as Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress and has quite a checkered and violent past. This may account for the many hauntings and general creepiness that pervades the entire grounds. It started as an actual royal residence, was used in many different functions including as the Royal Mint and even housed the Royal Menagerie!

 

Many famous historical figures were housed, tortured or executed at the Tower. One of the most prominent ghosts known to still be in residence is that of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s fifth wife. He ordered her beheaded in 1536. Her bones are said to be buried beneath the chapel floor where she is said to be seen walking with her head in her hands. She has also been spotted in or near the White Tower by visitors. Other royal ghosts have been reported over the years, including:  Henry VI, Lady Jane Grey (both executed in the Tower or the Tower Green) and the Princes in The Tower (Edward V and his young brother Prince Richard) who while imprisoned in the Tower “disappeared” from a locked room never to be seen or heard from again.

 

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If you’re planning on a visit to London any time, you’ll definitely have to add The Tower of London to your itinerary. I’d love to hear from you if you’ve been there. It’s on my bucket list for sure!

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  1. I have been there and in fact was able to take an evening tour. One of the folks in our group said she felt and saw a ghost. I didn’t but it added to the drama of the evening. Loving this series.

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