Friday, February 24, 2012

Best London Tourist Attractions

London is home to plenty of attractions known for art, architecture, culture, history and entertainment. Here are some of London's best attractions to treat you on your visit to London.
Tower of London

The Tower of London was built in the 11th century and has played a very prominent role in English history. It is the original royal fortress and is located on the north bank of River Thames. It is one of London's best sites depicting the history and glory of England. Throughout the centuries, the tower has been a palace, prison, and arsenal (store for the weapons and equipments in the country), place of torture and place for crown jewels. Millions of people visit the tower every year and is one of world's heritage sites in the UNESCO list since 1988.

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge is a bascule and suspension bridge over The Thames and was opened in 1894. It is an iconic part of the London skyline and the glinting blue upper walkways offer special views of building that line the river, the city centre to the west and the Docklands to the east. The Tower Bridge Exhibition attracts people to the bridge, where the construction is explained and visitors are allowed to look into Victorian engine rooms and know about the power that raised the bascules of the bridge.

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square is London's famous public square and tourist attraction in central London that was created to commemorate the Battle of Trafalgar. The National Gallery in the north, St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in the east, the Strand to the south of the Church and many prominent statues make the square a unique attraction in London. Nelson's Column is the most well known statue commemorating the death of Admiral Horatio nelson in the Battle of Trafalgar. King James II statue and George Washington statue are found on the lawn in front of the gallery. The Eleanor Cross, Admiral Arch and some more reveal the historic glory of Trafalgar Square.

London Dungeon

London Dungeon is one of London's famous attractions recreating gory and macabre historical events in a gallows humour style. With live actors, special effects and rides, this site appeals younger audience largely. It was opened in 1974 and is operated by Merlin Entertainments. It's highly thrilling to face the worst nightmares, take rides like extremis and traitor and have several unique experiences.

Globe Theatre

Shakespeare's Globe is located on the south bank of the River Thames. It's a commemoration to the famous English poet and dramatist William Shakespeare. The current theatre is the replica of the original Theatre built in the 16th century, which was burnt to ground in the 17th century. It is a commemoration to William Shakespeare one of world's best English poets and dramatists.

The history of the theatre dates back to the 16th century. The theatre was first built in 1599 and a fire accident in 1613 burnt the theatre to ground. It was rebuilt in 1614, however it didn't last long. It was completely demolished in 1644. With the efforts of American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, this theatre today invites people all through the year. Events, interactions and plays hosted here with excellent backstage support areas for actors, lobby, restaurant and all amenities make this theatre more special. United States, Germany, Japan, Italy and many other countries have built replica of the current theatre.

Hope this list would have been something different for you!

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