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Westminster Abbey Tour with Optional Houses of Parliament

1. Westminster Abbey Tour with Optional Houses of Parliament

Meet your guide at the entrance to Westminster Abbey at 09:15 AM, and then look inside the historic monument to stand in the footsteps of kings and queens. Since the coronation of William the Conqueror in 1066, all coronations of English and British monarchs have been held in the abbey, as have many royal weddings, including that of Prince William to Kate Middleton in 2011. Then, take a panoramic tour around the Houses of Parliament and pass the Elizabeth Tower where the famous Big Ben bell chimes every quarter hour. Learn about the role of MPs who sit in the House of Commons and the function of the House of Lords. Hear how, and why, the Elizabeth Tower and its great clock and iconic bell were built. For a more complete experience, select the option that includes the ticket to the Parliament and get an audio-guided tour inside the building.  Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, the Palace of Westminster (the official name of the Houses of Parliament) boasts an ostentatious façade with golden spires and statues of kings that reflect in the River Thames. Listen as your guide explains the history of the building, from the first medieval clock tower built in the old Palace of Westminster, to the design and construction of the present Elizabeth Tower.  

London: Private Walking Sightseeing Tour

2. London: Private Walking Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy an intimate introduction to England's capital on a private sightseeing tour of Central London, and see some of the city's most iconic sights. Your private guide will collect you from the lobby of your hotel at 10:00. Discuss the flexible itinerary before you set off. Go to Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the Royal Family. See the balcony where Prince William kissed his new wife Catherine in 2011. Watch the Queen’s Foot Guard march to a military band at the Changing of the Guards ceremony. Marvel at the eye-catching outfits and bearskin hats. Continue to Westminster Abbey, final resting place of kings, queens, poets and statesmen. Admire architectural details of the former Benedictine monastery, including the stone cloisters, Chapter House and Strong Room. Take in the Clock Tower, home to Big Ben, and the marvelous Gothic edifice of the Houses of Parliament. Then, walk up Whitehall, past Banqueting House and No. 10 Downing Street, to arrive at Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery.

London in One Day Tour with River Cruise

3. London in One Day Tour with River Cruise

Westminster Abbey and Parliament Square The tour begins with a panoramic drive around parliament Square, to see Westminster Abbey, where many of our Kings, Queens, Statesmen, poets and writers are buried. See Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. London's West End, Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard Enjoy a fascinating panoramic tour, seeing Trafalgar Square, Downing Street, London's Theatre District and Piccadilly Circus. Then to Buckingham Palace to see the colourful ceremony of the Changing of the Guard. St Paul's Cathedral A guided tour of Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece – St Paul's Cathedral - crowned by the magnificent dome that is so much a part of the London skyline. The Cathedral was rebuilt after the Great Fire of London in 1666. In recent years it has seen the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, to Lady Diana Spencer and, most recently, the thanksgiving services for both the Golden Jubilee and 80th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen. The Tower of London and Crown Jewels Founded by William the Conqueror in 1066 and enlarged by successive sovereigns, the Tower of London is one of the world's most famous and spectacular fortresses. Over the past 1000 years it has been a Royal Palace, an armoury and a place of imprisonment and execution. The Beefeaters who guard the Tower will regale you with stories of its past. We will visit the Crown Jewels, including the magnificent solid-gold crown used at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the enormous Cullinan diamonds and the extraordinary Koh-i-Noor.   Sunday in London - due to church services St Paul's Cathedral is closed to visitors on Sunday. We will stop for photographs and spend longer in the Tower of London. Occasionally there may not be a Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, on these occasions we will visit the Changing of the Guard at Horse Guards Parade. Thames River Cruise Enjoy your river cruise at your leisure after exploring The Tower of London. Your river cruise will take you from Tower to Westminster Pier, where your tour will conclude.

Welcome to London Tour

4. Welcome to London Tour

Take a sightseeing tour that shows you London's famous landmarks such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament before a tour of the Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Arriving at the Tower of London built in 1066 by William the Conqueror, your guide will regale you with fascinating insights into the history of this Royal Palace and fortress. Ample time will be given to view the Crown Jewels and the White Tower and to wander around this imposing fortress. The next stop on your full-day tour is The Mall to watch the Changing of the Guard, as one of the Queen’s Foot Guard Regiments marches from St. James’s Palace to Buckingham Palace, dressed in their world famous tunics and busbies. * You’ll take an extended private cruise on the River Thames and have excellent views of St. Paul's Cathedral and Shakespeare's Globe. After free time for lunch, tour St. Paul's Cathedral, the 17th-century masterpiece designed by Christopher Wren. Listen to the sound of the 1695 organ that Mendelssohn once played and visit the tombs of Nelson and Wellington. On Sundays, when there is restricted viewing at the Cathedral, enter and observe one of the services. You’ll finish your tour near South Bank, with the rest of the afternoon to browse and shop at your leisure. *If the Changing of the Guard is not taking place you will still see Buckingham Palace.  

London: Monuments & Back Streets Guided Tour in Black Taxi

5. London: Monuments & Back Streets Guided Tour in Black Taxi

Your tour will take place in an iconic London black taxi, with a clear glass roof to take in as much of the city as possible. You will visit the places you have heard of as well as other places that only a select few people know about. Stand outside Buckingham Palace, gaze at Westminster Abbey, and see Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Drive alongside the River Thames, before seeing the flowers blooming in the Royal Parks. Stop off at Trafalgar Square and take a walk through Piccadilly Circus. Your guide will show you buildings that are 500 years old and still functioning. Hear stories about how the City and many famous landmarks shaped London’s history. Whether you have been to London before or if it is your first time, you will explore the lesser-known sights of the capital. Dive into the history and culture of the city by listening to stories about Londoners past and present.  See London from up high in a medieval tower, see a "Dead House", and visit the most haunted pub in London. You will even walk on a Roman pavement. This unique tour will really show you London at its very best.

London: Top 30 Sights Walking Tour and St Pauls Cathedral

6. London: Top 30 Sights Walking Tour and St Pauls Cathedral

Start with a walking tour of the history, culture, and legends of one of Europe’s best-loved cities. Head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, on selected days you can watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard ceremony. Head to Westminster, and see Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. Go to the London Bridge area to see Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London. After your walking tour, head over to St Paul's Cathedral, one of the oldest cathedral sites on the planet, and explore this relic. See 30 sights in 1 day, including: • Buckingham Palace • Trafalgar Square • Big Ben • Downing Street • Westminster Abbey • Whitehall • Houses of Parliament • London Eye • Shakespeare’s Globe Theater • London Bridge • Southwark Cathedral • The Shard (tallest skyscraper in the EU) • HMS Belfast (Second World War Battleship) • Square Mile • Tower Bridge • Tower of London

Westminster: 4-Hour Walking Tour & St Paul's Cathedral Entry

7. Westminster: 4-Hour Walking Tour & St Paul's Cathedral Entry

Start with a walking tour of the history, culture, and legends of one of Europe’s best-loved cities. Head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace to watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard ceremony. Move on through Westminster and see Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. After your walking tour, head over to St Paul's Cathedral, one of the oldest cathedral sites on the planet, and explore this relic. Finish your walking tour by heading to The Clink. See 20 sights in 1 day, including: Buckingham PalaceSt James PalaceChanging of the GuardQueen Victoria FountainGreen Park (Royal park)St James's Park (Royal Park)Admiralty ArchPall MallTrafalgar SquareWhitehallThe Royal Horse GuardHorse Guard ParadeDowning StreetBig BenWestminster AbbeyHouses of ParliamentParliament SquareLondon Eye

London: Full-Day Private Car Tour With Guide and Driver

8. London: Full-Day Private Car Tour With Guide and Driver

Spend the day exploring London at your own leisurely pace. After you have been picked up from your Central London hotel, you will spend the morning seeing Westminster's iconic landmarks. Your guide will show you and explain to you in detail the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey. Following this, you will experience in person the changing of the guard. Your afternoon will later begin with a drive through the City of London passing by the Gherkin and the Shard. You will stop for a guided tour of St Paul's Cathedral before spending time visiting the Tower of London and having the opportunity to see the Crown Jewels.

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4.6 / 5

based on 59 reviews

aanrader! zeer bekwame en grappige gids. In 1 dag veel gezien en geleerd over Londen. Gids is goed te volgen voor niet native Engels sprekende. gids vertelt op alle plekken veel details. De cruise op de Thames was een ticket wat vrij te gebruiken was, dat hebben we de volgende dag gebruikt. ook hier een leuke gids die prettig vertelt. door dit uit te stellen heb je meer tijd voor de tower of London. nogmaals, zeker de tijd en geld waard.

Our tour guide Janie was great! Very knowledgeable and made it interesting to learn about the history of Westminster Abbey/Parliament.

Fantastic. VERY THOROUGH. Guides knew their stuff. Sooooo much extra facts. Very impressed

Merci Suzie. Beaucoup de connaissances et d’histoire sur Londres

Leila was very knowledgeable, great overall experience.