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Tudors at the Tower

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Tudors at the Tower

The Tower of London is always a fascinating place to visit, and on May bank holiday weekend you can immerse yourself in all things Tudor – pageantry, carousing and royal splendour with undertones of treachery and rolling heads! All the family can take part in the lavish preparations for the wedding of Anne Boleyn and Henry V111 and her coronation celebrations – resist the urge to shout “Don’t do it, Anne!”  Most of the festivities take place in the Tower of London’s moat  (don’t worry, there’s no water in it!) and visitors will meet Tudor characters and be assigned a mission to complete by following a trail and performing interactive tasks, then they can meet the royal couple in time for the coronation rehearsal.

Tower of London Tudors

The White Tower, a former prison with  view to die for, now houses the Hands On History Zone where you can learn about Tudor cookery, crafts, music and games, but if you really want to impress the new Queen you must be either very brave or very silly, so you can chose to become a court jester or fearless knight! Explore the amazing “pop-up palace” and see the coronation celebrations brought to life through a 360’ film show created by local students and Aardman Animations. She may have only lasted 1000 days before her “quicky” divorce (chop,chop!) but Anne Boleyn’s spectacular and triumphant four days of festivities in 1533 represented the pomp and power of Henry V11’s reign. Don’t miss it!

Kate Quigley

Kate Quigley Travel Writer