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: Nov 2 2015-Mar 24 2016: Sat, Sun 10am-4pm. Opening times from Mar 25 2016 will be available on the Jewel Tower website closer to the time
Transport: Tube: Westminster
Price: £4.20, £3.80 concs, £2.50 children, family (2 adults + 3 children) £11
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Jewel Tower sits by the Houses of Parliament and was built around 1365 for Edward III to store valuable silver goblets and plates he would of used for state banquets. Built using stone had had been brought from as far away as Devon and Normandy, it is an interesting example of how the aristocracy lived during that time. If you are just passing, it only takes 20 minutes to look around but the array of different uses it has had over the year has been remarkable. From being used as a store for official papers, including the death warrant of King Charles I,to going onto be used as a place for the Standard Weights and Measures department, before coming to the English Heritage. 


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!