Tower of London
London’s infamous fortress retains its aura of menace, despite being dwarfed by City skyscrapers. For over 1,000 years it has been a palace, prison, armoury, barracks, mint, menagerie and place of execution: three young Queens lost their heads here. As soon as you enter, check the Jewel House queue and pounce as soon as it looks manageable. Children love the wall walks, the ravens, the block and axe in the White Tower and the Yeoman Warders (ask before selfies, please). Adults should inspect the graffiti in the creepy Salt and Beauchamp Towers and visit the atmospheric church of St Peter ad Vincula, where the Boleyns are buried. Tickets bought online cost £23.20 adults, £17.60 concessions, £10.50 children 5 to 15 years, £57.40 family (up to two adults and three children).