When you first arrive at the Tower, you walk by the water entry which has come to be known as Traitor's Gate. Although the day I visited was clear and bright, this area maintained the dark and dreadful atmosphere that is often associated with the Traitor's Gate.

Many famous prisoners arrived at the Tower this way, including Elizabeth I before she became Queen, when she was imprisoned by her sister Mary. Elizabeth is said to have proclaimed upon that landing in 1554: "Here lands as true a subject, being prisoner, as ever landed at these stairs."


The Tower of London