Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard 2.5-Hour Tour
- Enjoy a tour of Westminster Abbey, the site of royal coronations and the resting place of monarchs
- Take a guided walk through Horse Guards Parade to Buckingham Palace
- See the Changing of the Guard, a typically British tradition of pomp and pageantry
It has been the site of royal weddings (most recently of Prince William and Kate Middleton) and state funerals. You’ll feel like royalty as you enjoy a tour led by an expert local guide who will point out the most important features of this iconic monument.
Every British monarch since William the Conqueror has been crowned in Westminster Abbey, the most recent being Queen Elizabeth II. You will see the Coronation Chair, commissioned in 1296 by Edward the Confessor, as well as his shrine. It is also the burial place of 17 British monarchs, the Unknown Soldier (buried in French soil and covered by a slab of Belgian marble) and many of Britain’s greatest poets who lie in Poet’s Corner.
After your visit to the Abbey, you’ll head with your guide to see the Changing of the Guard. This world-famous ceremony takes place either at Buckingham Palace or at Horse Guards Parade, depending on the day.
The guide will ensure that you’re in a prime position to enjoy the best views at this crowded event. Enjoy commentary regarding the history and pageantry behind the ceremony. See the Queen’s Foot Guards, in their red tunics and unmistakable bearskin hats, march to Buckingham Palace together with the military band or the Household Cavalry.
End your tour at Buckingham Palace, the residence of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. See the famous balcony where the royal family appears during major events, and hear stories of intruders and princes scaling the walls both to get inside and out!
- Westminster Abbey admission ticket with skip-the-line access
- Expert, English-speaking tour guide
- Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide
- Hotel pick-up/drop off
- Food and beverages
Prepare for the activity
At Westminster Abbey Look for the tall marble and stone column opposite the west entrance to Westminster Abbey. At the top is a figure of St. George slaying a dragon. Your guide will be waiting at this column. Take the Tube to Westminster, exit, cross the road on to Bridge Street and pass through Parliament Square. Walk along the Broad Sanctuary and you’ll see the column in front of you (across from the Westminster Abbey gift shop). You can also arrive via St. James's Park, exiting and walking straight down Tothill Street. You’ll see the column directly in front of you. GPS coordinates: 51.499365861895086, -0.1290380736801353Open in Google Maps ⟶
• Westminster Abbey is subject to last minute, unforeseen closures
• Extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security and delays are possible
• Extra measures may also restrict the size of bags that can be brought inside. Small bags are recommended
• Entrance into Westminster Abbey requires a modest dress code. Both men and women must have their knees and shoulders covered
• The Changing of the Guard does not occur in heavy rain and will be replaced with an extended walking tour
• This tour is conducted in small groups of 25 or fewer participants
• Photography is not permitted in Westminster Abbey
• The tour involves a fair amount of walking and much of the Abbey's floor and steps are uneven. It is recommended that you wear comfortable shoes
• Unfortunately this tour cannot accommodate guests with wheelchairs, any impairments requiring special assistance, or strollers or baby carriages