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London Walking Tour Including Fast-Track Westminster Abbey Visit and Changing of the Guard

Highlights
  • 2.5-hour Westminster Abbey and Changing of the Guard walking tour in London
  • Save time with fast-track admission to Westminster Abbey
  • See the Coronation Chair, where monarchs from William the Conqueror to Queen Elizabeth II were crowned
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London Walking Tour Including Fast-Track Westminster Abbey Visit and Changing of the Guard
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Overview
Beat the crowds at Westminster Abbey and the Changing of the Guard on this 2.5-hour walking tour in London. Get fast-track admission to Westminster Abbey, where Britain’s monarchs have been crowned since 1066, and see highlights such as Elizabeth I’s ornate tomb, the Coronation Chair and Poets’ Corner, where some of England’s most famous writers, playwrights and poets are laid to rest. After, continue along the Mall to Buckingham Palace with your guide to see the pomp and pageantry of the Changing of the Guard ceremony.
What to Expect
On the morning of your tour, make your own way to Westminster Abbey to meet your guide. Sitting alongside Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, the history-steeped Gothic showstopper is one of the world’s most spectacular churches. It’s also been the site of all of England's royal coronations — with the exception of two — since the crowning of William the Conqueror in 1066.
With your guide and prebooked ticket, which entitles you to fast-track entry, head inside to learn more about the abbey’s storied past. Follow in the footsteps of some history’s most fascinating characters, from Elizabeth I to Queen Elizabeth II, as you walk down the black-and-white checkered isle toward the Coronation Chair. Peer out at the 900-year-old College Garden while you stroll through the impressive Cloisters, and spot the graves of some of the world’s most famous wordsmiths, including Dickens, Hardy and Tennyson in Poets’ Corner.
After touring Westminster Abbey, take a stroll to Horse Guards Parade or along the Mall to watch the Changing of the Guard. Listen to your guide talk about the ceremony’s history as the Queen’s Foot Guards, in their cherry tunics and bearskin hats, or the plumed Household Cavalry pass right in front of you.
Finish your tour outside Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s official London residence. See the balcony where William and Kate kissed before the public after their wedding in 2011, and hear stories of intruders and princes scaling the walls before bidding your guide goodbye.
Please note: If there is heavy rain — or if the Changing of the Guard is rescheduled to early morning — the ceremony will be replaced with an extended walking tour.
Reviews (32)
1 - 5 of 7 reviews
Reviewed 8 October 2018
Memorable toiur

Our tour guide was very informative and packed a lot into the time that we had. The sights and surrounds of London came alive with his well researched commentary. I would recommend this tour to anyone looking for a light touch yet interesting overview of...More

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank Lesley J
Reviewed 27 September 2018
Knowledgeable tour guide and just what we needed.

The tour commenced Sep 24th 9 am sharp at Westminster abbey .. on time and with a fantastic tour guide. She was very knowledgeable, organized and patient. You can tell she has been doing this for a while as she knew even when were good...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank cynthiata
Reviewed 3 August 2018
Worth the visit

Although we missed the changing of the Guards we did see and learn a lot. The weather was rather on the hot side for us but shade was easily found. The marching Soldiers was worth watching and if in London put it on your must...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 4x4wheelers
Reviewed 17 March 2018
Missed our tour

They were serious about being on time for this tour. We showed up about 7 minutes late and they were already gone. We had read the wrong meeting time (looked at the wrong voucher) so we missed the tour. They offered to re-book us for...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank 749marykatherinew
Reviewed 17 December 2017
The 2nd Best thing and must visit for history freaks like me

Westminster Abbey was no. 2 on my list after Tower Bridge, The whole feeling that you are visiting where Newton and Shakespeare and such great people are resting in peace gives you goosebumps.. As in was really eager to visit the Abbey .. so totally...More

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank Richat21
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