London In a Day: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard

London In a Day: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard

Discover the most important sights of London on this comprehensive tour.

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Discover the most important sights of London on this comprehensive tour.

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  • Languages: Englisch
  • Participants: 1 - 15
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • public (with other participants)
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Your day begins in Westminster Abbey, where you can use the pre-booked tickets to visit England's holiest church before the crowds arrive. Strolling over the beautiful Cosmati decks and looking up into the vaulted ceiling, your guide will introduce you to the eventful history of the Church, which reflects the history of England. Every corner of the church is full of historical interest and rich symbolism, including heartbreaking war memorials, chapels maintained by ancient knights, national hero tombs, religious and royal relics and of course hundreds of years of royal weddings, coronations and funerals.

Then leave the spiritual heart of England and avoid the crowds gathering in front of Buckingham Palace to watch the changing of the guards, and head to Wellington Barracks instead. This is where most of the ceremony takes place, including the band's appearance and the highly formal uniform controls. It is all the more astonishing that so few visitors come here to observe the changing of the guard. This puts you in direct reach of the guards as they pass by.

Now it's time for a little surprise. On the other side of St. James's Park, you enter the Horse Guards Parade to witness a less famous but perhaps more impressive ceremony: the change of Queen's Guard, an elite cavalry regiment mounted on exquisitely bred and specially trained horses. As you watch the guards go through the ceremony, your guide will explain the meaning of everything from the armor they wear to the colors on their uniforms.

The next stop is Trafalgar Square, the geographical centre of London and one of the city's most famous public squares. As you marvel at the size of the bronze lions and the huge triumphal column, your guide will tell you about the history of the Navy, which gives the place its name, as well as the dashing Admiral Nelson, whose fame during his short life makes modern celebrities appear like total amateurs. You will also come across some unexpected curiosities, such as the world's smallest police box and a statue of George Washington standing on a microplot of American soil.

After a lunch break (your guide will recommend a number of excellent restaurants), you will return to the Thames for a short walk on a scenic river cruise that will take you past a number of attractions such as the Shard, the Gherkin, the St. Paul's Cathedral, the London Eye and many more in London. Get off at the foot of Tower Bridge and walk down to the engine room, which lifted the bridge several times a day as large ships rode back and forth on the river. Then climb up to the top level, breathe deeply and stroll along the glass corridor that connects the towers. From up there you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the river, the Tower of London and the people and cross the bridge far below you.

Your last stop, the Tower of London, is also the most impressive. With pre-booked tickets at the quietest time of day, you don't have to fight the crowds to enjoy almost 1,000 years of bloody royal feuds, unlikely prison breakouts, jewel robbery, menacing ravens and even one or two ghosts. Your guide, who knows British history, will delight you with the often hair-raising stories of this royal fortress, prison, zoo and sometimes execution block, including the mystery of two lost royal boys still raising their hairs from anyone who hears them. There is no better or more entertaining way to learn more about the dynastic battles that have shaped England and created the land we know as Britain.

As a final treat, when your guide leaves, you will have plenty of time to see the crown jewels (which are inside the jewelry house in the tower). It is not only the largest collection of coronation ornaments in the world, but also the only one in Europe still used by a royal family.

Every attraction on this tour is a destination on the bucket list. By combining all these elements we have created the ultimate day of sightseeing in Europe's pulsating capital. Your expert, your local guide, will accompany you every step of the way to show you the world of facts, stories and interesting details behind each corner.

Please note

Additional information

• Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
• Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time.
•Refunds or rebooking cannot be granted for late arrivals or non-participation.
• Please note that for security reasons bag searches will take place at Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge and at the Tower of London.
• Photographs not permitted inside Westminster Abbey.
• Please be advised that there is no Changing of the Guard on Saturdays. On days that 'Changing of the Guard' does not take place, guests will see Horse Guards Parade.
• Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.
• Comfortable walking shoes recommended.

Included in the price

  • Entrance to Westminster Abbey
  • Entrance to Tower Bridge Exhibition
  • Entrance to Tower of London
  • Changing of the Guard
  • Horseguards Parade
  • River cruise along the Thames
  • Free time for lunch at own expense
  • Headsets
  • Small Groups of 15 people
  • Food & Beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off

Meeting point

This tour meets at the "Winston Churchill" statue, Parliament Square, Westminster, London, SW1P 3JX. There are 11 statues within Parliament Square. The Winston Churchill statue is the largest and is located on the north east corner of the square closest to Big Ben. The name 'CHURCHILL' is written on the stone base of the statue. The closest underground station is Westminster.

Cancellation Conditions

No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.

This deal can be cancelled for free up to 3 days before the date of the activity.

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