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London in one day: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard

London in one day: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard

Discover London's main attractions on this comprehensive city tour.

  • More individuality: 15 participants maximum
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Discover London's main attractions on this comprehensive city tour.

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  • Languages: English
  • Participants: 1 - 15
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • public (with other participants)
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Highlights

  • Includes more tickets than any other London day tour, including Westminster Abbey, Tower of London & Tower Bridge
  • The first entrance to Westminster Abbey means that you enter before the crowds (and to the Coronation Chair)
  • You will see not only one, but two changes of guard - from the best vantage points
  • See the city under your feet: Tower Bridge has a glass floor that offers incredible views
  • Admire the stunning crown jewels in the Tower of London
  • Small groups of no more than 15 people and headsets for each guest ensure that you can hear and interact with your guide with ease

Description

Your day begins at Westminster Abbey, where you can use the pre-booked tickets to visit England's holiest church before most crowds arrive. As you stroll over the beautiful Cosmati coverings and look up into the ornate 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 orders of knights, graves of national heroes, 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 guard. Instead we go to the Wellington Barracks. This is where most of the ceremony takes place, including the band's performance and the highly formal uniform checks. It is all the more surprising that so few visitors come here to watch the changing of the guard. This will put you in direct range of the guards when 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 changing of the Queen's Guard, an elite cavalry regiment sitting 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

Your 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 grandeur of the bronze Lions and the huge triumphal column, your guide will tell you about the history of the Navy that gives the place its name, and about the dashing Admiral Nelson, whose fame during his short life makes modern celebrities seem like total amateurs. You will also come across some unexpected curiosities, such as the smallest police box in the world 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 to take a scenic river cruise past a number of London landmarks including The Shard, The Gherkin, St Paul's Cathedral, the London Eye and many other London attractions. 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 sailed back and forth on the river. Then climb to the top level. Take a deep breath and stroll along the glass corridor that connects the towers. From up there, one enjoys a breathtaking view over the river, the Tower of London and the people and crosses the bridge far below

Their last stop, the Tower of London, is also the most impressive. With pre-booked tickets at the quietest time of day, you won't have to fight the crowds to enjoy nearly 1,000 years of bloody royal feuds, unlikely jailbreaks, jewel theft, menacing ravens, and even a ghost or two. 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 who still raise the hair of anyone who hears them. There is no better or more entertaining way to learn more about the dynastic battles that shaped England and created the country 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 Jewel House in the Tower). It is not only the largest collection of coronation ornaments in the world, but also the only ones in Europe that are still used by a royal family.

Every attraction on this tour is a Bucket List destination. By combining all these elements we have put together the ultimate day of sightseeing in Europe's vibrant 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 that are hidden around every corner.

Please note

Additional information

Tips to the guides are welcome, but never obligatory.

Please note that for security reasons, bag searches are carried out at Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.

Photography is not permitted in Westminster Abbey.

Please note that there is no changing of the guard on Saturdays. On days when the guard change does not take place, guests will see the Horse Guards Parade.

Unfortunately we cannot accommodate guests with reduced mobility, wheelchairs or prams on this tour
Comfortable hiking boots recommended.

Included in the price

  • - Entrance to Westminster Abbey
  • - Admission to the Tower Bridge exhibition
  • - Entrance to the Tower of London
  • - Changing of the guard
  • - Parade of the horse guards
  • - River cruise along the Thames
  • - Free time for lunch at own expense
  • - Headphones
  • - Small groups of 15 people
  • - food and drink
  • - Tips
  • - Pick up/return Hotel

Meeting point

We meet at the statue "Winston Churchill", Parliament Square, Westminster, London, SW1P 3JX The Winston Churchill statue is the largest and is located at the northeast corner of the square closest to Big Ben. The nearest underground station is Westminster.

Cancellation Conditions

No refund or rebooking in case of late arrival or no-show after start or departure of the tour.

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

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