On our first family trip to London, I wanted to show the boys the city’s sights and provide them with an opportunity to learn about British history. Sightseeing in London – no problem. Teaching the kids about British history – not so easy. Just a few days into their summer school break, I knew I would be looking at the whites of their eyes if I mentioned history, learning, or anything related to education. It’s a good thing I have Context Travel on speed dial! Actually, it is more like speed email, but you get it…right? Context Travel can do what I can’t – teach my kids about history and more, without them even realising it.
Context Travel Tower of London Walk
With its rich history as a palace, prison, and home to the sparkling crown jewels, I selected the Tower of London as our first sightseeing activity. We met Sarah Jane, our engaging, knowledgeable, and passionate Context Travel docent at The Tower Hill Sundial. At Tower Hill, we talked about the history of London from the Roman Conquest in AD 43 to present day, as we walked around the massive copper sundial that depicts the history of London through a series of engravings.
We were intrigued from the outset of our Context Travel Tower of London walk. Sarah Jane continued to build connections and engage the boys in learning during our short stroll over to the Tower of London and throughout the walk.
During the Context Travel Tower of London walk, we learnt heaps of British history, met a few of the legendary ravens that live on the property, gazed at the brilliant crown jewels, and rushed up a winding staircase to watch the historic Tower Bridge open. I won’t go into the details because I’m sure you will appreciate hearing about the Tower of London from an expert gifted at sharing the sight’s rich history.
- Access the Tower Hill Sundial from the Tower Hill tube station (London’s Underground). The tube is a convenient way to get to the Tower of London and elsewhere in the city.
- Visit the Context Travel website for more information on the Tower of London Walk and other opportunities for laughing and learning in London.
- Context Travel limits the tour group size to six people to ensure a conversational atmosphere. The best way to describe the experience is that it like a small, outdoor classroom with a knowledgeable, engaging professor.
If you love exploring London, you might enjoy the Context Travel London Orientation walk.
Context Travel continues to receive accolades from the travel industry and media including Travel + Leisure, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. I am honoured to be selected by Context Travel as one of their Deep Travelers, a group of bloggers and content creators who travel thoughtfully and responsibly and write stories to promote and encourage movement. We were guests of Context Travel on the Tower of London walk. As always, my opinions are my own. If I don’t love an experience, I won’t recommend it.