A wharf was added in the next century - much of this original architecture still exists.
It was very much seen as a place of refuge for the Royal family in a time when the rules of engagement and the lines of succession were being worked out.
Tour guides complain that almost on a weekly basis things are disappearing.
It is often said that the GLC (the Greater London Council who rebuilt London after the war) actually did more damage than the Luftwaffe.For some great old pictures of London - combining most of the City's archives see HERE The damage is still going on: the property boom is to blame.It was called the White Tower and followed the defensive architecture of the period.In the 13th C the towered walls and the great moat were added.As the Tudors and Plantagenets fought over control of the country, several nasty little incidents took place here eg. By the way don't trust Shakespeare on the subject - he was writing for the dynasty which replaced the Gloucester regime.
Richard III was no saint, but the image of a hunchbacked villan was added much later - in the way Stalin vilified Trotsky.Open summer 9-5, winter 9-4 £11.00 PRE-BOOKING ADVISORY.This and the Tower outclass all other Royal Palaces in London (especially Buckingham Palace). Bought by Cardinal Wolsey and transformed by him into a sumptuous Palace in the 1520s, it was effectively annexed by Henry VIII as the Cardinal fell out of favour (the official story is it was given as a gift).If you must visit, then be prepared for a lot of walking between the ticket office, entrance and exit - at least a mile. It's important that you BOOK TICKETS IN ADVANCE if you intend to visit or you could spend a long time queuing.The famous beefeaters act as guides and are very knowledgable and helpful - but get on their wrong side and they can be curmodgeonly old stick-in-the-muds.Prisoners held in the Tower include Sir Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell, two of Henry VIII´s wives: Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, and his daughter, Princess Elizabeth (the future Queen Elizabeth I).