Jewel Tower review (Jul 2011)
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I went to the Jewel Tower today. I don't suppose many people bother going inside because it's only a small little building. It doesn't look like much, and it's only a few quid to get in, so I wasn't expecting much.
Inside is a little exhibition printed on about 20 whiteboards which you follow from floor to floor, around the tight windy stone steps (just like the ones you get in a castle) with a few display cases too. It gives the complete history of Parliament from start to finish, and a little bit about what the building was used for. They've got a couple of gowns on show too which the Speaker used to wear in the House of Commons, until John Bercow decided that he'd rather wear a suit and tie.
When you reach the top floor you can see some weights and measures which they used to weigh the coinage a few centuries ago. If I tell you that that was about the most exciting part of the exhibit, then you can draw your own conclusions.
If you've got four quid and half an hour to spare, and it's pouring with rain outside and you want to get dry, then maybe you can pop inside and have a look. But everyone else should just take a photo of the front and move on.
I’ve been here before…
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