Tower of London poppies display is extended

Tower of London poppies display is extended

Due to huge public demand, part of the stunning public art installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, which filled the dry moat at the Tower of London is to remain in place until the end of November. Ceramic artist Paul Cummins, inspired by a line from a poem by an unknown soldier, collaborated with stage set designer Tom Piper to create the work using 888,246 individually crafted ceramic poppies, each one representing a member of the British and Commonwealth armed forces killed during  World War 1.

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This moving tribute to the fallen has captured the imagination of around 4 million visitors and has become a focal point for the  WW1 centenary commemoration. Though most of the poppies will be dismantled after Armistice Day and sent to their buyers, the two most dramatic and evocative parts of the installation, the Weeping Window, with it’s cascade of poppies flowing through one of the windows, and Rising Wave, that splashes across the path leading to the Tower, can still be seen until the 30th November 2014, and the displays will be floodlit until midnight.

An exhibition inside the Tower of London depicts the role of the Tower during WW1, when it was used as a recruitment and training centre and also as a place of execution for spies. Photographs and films from 1914 will be on display, as well as close up views of archived soldiers’ diaries. Take advantage of 365 tickets exclusive offer of 16% off the usual gate price for the Tower of London, or save money by combining your trip to the Tower with a visit to other attractions, such as the recently opened glass bottomed walkway at Tower Bridge.

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Kate Quigley

Kate Quigley Travel Writer