Westminster Abbey has a storied spot in the British Empire’s history: Every monarch since William the Conqueror (circa 1066) has been crowned here — save for the odd Edward. Every square inch of the structure is chock full of meaning: Beyond the sanctuary lie shrines (such as the Shrine of St. Edward the Confessor), graves of grave importance (besides the royals, you’ll find famous poets and scientists like Charles Dickens and Sir Isaac Newton) as well as a whole host of traditional (albeit ornate) church trappings — the High Altar, the Quire, the Chapter House and the Pyx Chamber are all staples of houses of the holy.
Formally “Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London,” the Tower of London has had a greater role in Britain than its morbid dungeon reputation lets on. Besides being a prison for nearly a millennium, it has also been an armory, treasury, menagerie, public record office and of course — a museum for all the above. A visit here today no longer means just the chance to see the chopping block, but rather an opportunity to journey through the fortress’s eclectic yesteryears, as well as get a glimpse of the fabled Crown Jewels.
Convinced a getaway to Great Britain is in your future? You’d be wise to pick Princess Cruises as your ticket to this enchanted land. The benefits are myriad — their focus on immersive destinations means you’re delving deeper into discovering places than you ever could on your own and their onboard dining serving fresh regional cuisine delights your taste buds inbetween the places you travel. And with expansive itineraries, you can be certain that every port you visit will be full of adventure — imagine discovering all the above, but it’s only a breezy day trip from Southampton on Day 1 of your vacay! The likes of Cork, Ireland; Glasgow, Scotland; and Holyhead, Wales, still await.