Jewel Tower

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The Jewel Tower was built around 1365 to house Edward III’s treasures and was known as the ‘King’s Privy Wardrobe’. One of only two buildings from the medieval Palace of Westminster to survive the fire of 1834, the tower features ornate ceiling carvings from the thirteenth century and a fourteenth-century ribbed vault. Displays include an exhibition about the history of Parliament.
Venue name: Jewel Tower
Address: Abingdon St
Opening hours: until Nov 3 10am-5pm daily
Transport: Tube: Westminster
Price: £3.90, £3.50 concs, £2.30 children

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The Jewel Tower can be visited for free as part of your tour of the Houses of Parliament and it’s worth a look for the building alone.  There’s not a lot to see inside and more should be done to make the visit more interesting, though reading about the treatment of Oliver Cromwell’s body is not for the faint-hearted!