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London: Wembley Stadium Guided Tour

1. London: Wembley Stadium Guided Tour

Follow in the footsteps of Legends. The Wembley Stadium Tour lets you explore the behind-the-scenes of the UK’s largest sports and music venue. Taking you deep into the heart of the stadium, this award-winning tour includes the Dressing Rooms, the Press Conference Room, Players’ Tunnel, Pitchside, and the iconic Royal Box. This tour gives you the chance to relive the stadium’s greatest moments, from England’s glorious 1966 World Cup victory, UEFA Champions League triumphs, the ongoing tradition of the Emirates FA Cup Final, countless sell-out concerts, and more. The Crossbar Exhibition and The Walk of Legends unlock the Wembley archives to showcase the Stadium’s origins, rich history, and heritage dating back as far as The British Empire Exhibition of 1924. Visitors will be able to download an app-based guide on arrival at the Stadium. QR codes will allow visitors to scan and access the digital content on their own devices. There is free wi-fi access for those visitors not able to use their mobile data.

London: Tower of London Early Access Tour with Beefeater

2. London: Tower of London Early Access Tour with Beefeater

Explore one of the oldest monuments in London on an early morning guided tour of the Tower of London, and see the Crown Jewels before the crowds arrive. Avoid the lines with this early tour of the legendary site, where 3 English queens were executed, and get an introduction to the origins of the attraction before you meet one of the Yeomen Warders, more commonly known as Beefeaters. Learn about the traditions of these elite guardsmen, historically responsible for the prisoners at the tower and for safeguarding the Crown Jewels. Journey through centuries of British history and see where Guy Fawkes was put on trial. Marvel at magnificent orbs, swords, rings, crowns, and scepters used for royal ceremonies and coronations. Stay at the Tower of London to explore at your own pace once your official tour is over.

London: Old Royal Naval College Visit and Painted Hall Tour

3. London: Old Royal Naval College Visit and Painted Hall Tour

Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the Painted Hall is known as the UK's very own Sistine Chapel and reopened in 2019 following a 2-year restoration project. With your guide, discover Old Royal Naval College that houses the Painted Hall, admire the beauty of its magnificent interiors, wander its atmospheric grounds and courtyards, and hear the stories of the people who made this place their home. Explore the newly refurbished Nelson Room and learn more about the glorious life of this national naval hero through a multimedia exhibition. Visits to the Painted Hall include guided tours as well as access to the Sackler Gallery, where you can learn about the many characters, including gods and heroes, that are painted onto the ceiling. Learn about the Old Royal Naval College and how it was built in 1692 as a home for returning seamen. Discover the stunning 18th century chapel of St Peter and St Paul, the famous Water Gates, and the Victorian Skittle Alley. Glimpse the foundations of royal history as you see parts of the former Palace of Placentia, and the birthplace of King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I.

London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

4. London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

Join a local guide as you are served a slice of world-famous ceremonial action with a private or shared group tour Changing of the Guards experience. There is so much more to this extravagant shift change than meets the eye. With your guide to lead the way, you’ll soon know your Welsh from your Grenadier guard, and understand what the deal is with those fuzzy bearskin hats. Hear the astounding origins of this dazzling spectacle and get a handle on the significance of every color, button, mascot, symbol, and movement in this most British of traditions. From the best possible viewing point, your small group will join the guards on their journey toward Buckingham Palace as you march to the beat of their drums. Get as close as possible with the opportunity to take some amazing snapshots.

London: Jack the Ripper Walking Tour with Ripper-Vision

5. London: Jack the Ripper Walking Tour with Ripper-Vision

Journey back to a time when the streets of London were shrouded in fog and dimly lit by gaslight on this walking tour. Step into Victorian London using Ripper-Vision a unique handheld projector that emblazons images of crime-scenes, mortuary photos, and suspects onto the streets of Whitechapel. Follow in the footsteps of Jack the Ripper using Ripper-Vision. Investigate his gruesome crimes. Benefit from the services of a guide dedicated to one of the most notorious - and mysterious - criminals in history. Try to discover who Jack the Ripper was using modern methods of criminal profiling. Marvel as your guide reveals the man the police should have been looking for during the biggest manhunt in British history.

London: Jack the Ripper 2-Hour Evening Walking Tour

6. London: Jack the Ripper 2-Hour Evening Walking Tour

Take a journey through the dark, dirty, and murderous streets of Victorian London. Enter the secret world of violence, prostitution, and gin, overshadowed by the menace of Jack the Ripper. Join this 2-hour Jack the Ripper evening walking tour and see the sites where the infamous stalker murdered his victims, and walk along the very streets where the crimes were committed. Hear about the salacious side of Victorian life and learn about the slums and inner-city poverty in the 1880s. This is a chance to finally separate fact from fiction, and get to know exactly what Jack the Ripper did to the women he victimized. You’ll get to play detective as well when you’re given a profile of some of the most likely suspects. So, get out your magnifying glass and try to figure out whodunnit!   

London: British Museum Guided Tour

7. London: British Museum Guided Tour

Discover some of the highlights of the British Museum with a licensed guide, and get a flavor of one of the world’s oldest and finest museums. Because there is so much to see, you could spend a week at the British Museum and still not discover it all. Experience the best of the British Museum’s collections, starting with a view of the breathtaking ceiling. Admire the spectacular glass roof of the Great Court, a work of art in its own right. Then, see the world-famous “Rosetta Stone,” the key to deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphics. Admire the controversial Parthenon Sculptures, taken from the Parthenon in Athens by Lord Elgin, the former British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire. Go to the Ancient Egypt galleries to see the large collection of Egyptian mummies, and discover the Anglo-Saxon “Sutton Hoo” burial relics, as well as the “Winged Bulls” from Khorsabad.

London: DreamWorks Shrek's Adventure Tour

8. London: DreamWorks Shrek's Adventure Tour

Star in your very own hilarious, madcap adventure in the Kingdom of Far Far Away, in the company of Shrek and his much-loved DreamWorks friends. The journey begins when you board the DreamWorks Tours magical flying 4D bus to Far Far Away. There you will visit Cinderella in Shrek’s swamp, bump into Puss in Boots, rescue Pinocchio from the wheel of torture and cook up a magic spell with the Muffin Man. This one-of-a-kind misadventure explores 12 laugh-out-loud fairytale themed live shows. Experience live actors, captivating storytelling, special effects and extraordinary DreamWorks animation that allows you to see, hear, touch, smell and feel the adventure, with a good dose of Donkey’s cheekiness along the way. During your adventure, you’ll meet many characters (princesses and donkeys included), but as in all fairytales, you may also encounter a witch or two, which some of our younger audience may find scary.

London: Westminster Walking Tour with Churchill’s War Rooms

9. London: Westminster Walking Tour with Churchill’s War Rooms

Explore the World War II history of London’s Westminster district and discover the secret bunker that Prime Minister Winston Churchill and his government used during the German bombing campaigns. Home to undercover and often underground bases for governments in exile, Westminster suffered especially badly during the blitz and was awash with espionage. Your unique tour starts with a walk around some of London’s most historic sites, such as 10 Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament, and Westminster Abbey. End at the Cenotaph, built as a memorial to the First World War and now the UK’s primary national war memorial. Along the way, see the statue of Sir Winston Churchill and the monument to the Women of World War II, hear about governments and monarchs that were forced into exile in London as Germany overtook the nations of Europe and more. Then, it’s time to head to the wartime bunker of the Churchill War Rooms. Tour the Churchill Museum and learn about the maze of underground rooms that were used to plot and plan war strategies. Although your guide will not accompany you inside, you'll be able to browse the War Rooms at your leisure and hear fascinating facts from your audio guide as you wander round. Experience what life was like for those that worked in the dark rooms and how they deciphered enemy communications and created maps of the army’s movements. Learn about the primitive sun lamps that were used to get sufficient levels of vitamin D and how even the families of those that worked there couldn't know what they did for a living. Explore the legacy of Sir Winston Churchill and hear authentic audio of his inspiring wartime speeches. Discover fascinating stories about Churchill’s private and public life, from his love of his wife to his special relationship with President Roosevelt. You’ll even see the original door to 10 Downing Street that he walked through after becoming prime minister. The war rooms have been preserved exactly as they were on the day the lights were switched off in 1945, with signs that indicated the weather outside. As you venture deeper into the labyrinth, discover how life continued underground, from top-secret conversations between Churchill and Roosevelt in the Transatlantic Telephone Room, to simple domestic concerns in Churchill’s kitchen.

London: Tower of London and Tower Bridge Early-Access Tour

10. London: Tower of London and Tower Bridge Early-Access Tour

Get early access to the Tower of London for a guided tour and see the priceless Crown Jewels. Skip the long lines to Tower Bridge and uncover the industrial history of London. Meet your guide at Tower Hill Underground Station. Then, skip the lines to London’s most historic royal palace at the Tower of London. Watch the official opening ceremony by the Yeoman Warders. Go inside to look at the Crown Jewels without the crowds. Then, walk over to Tower Bridge and skip-the-lines to the Tower Bridge Experience. Learn the history of London’s most famous bridge, and enjoy panoramic views down the River Thames. Look inside the Victorian Engine Rooms to see the coal-driven engines that used to power the opening of the bridge. See exhibits that explain the workings and history of Tower Bridge for a more immersive experience.

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New York walking tours: Everything you need to know

Experience the city like a true New Yorker with a walking tour in New York City. Along with being a mecca for theater and the arts, it is home to many world-famous landmarks. Among them are must-sees like the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York City was given the nickname of “the city that never sleeps” because the fun never stops there. Late into the night, you can experience New York City at a nightclub or rooftop bar. If you’re lucky, you might even spot Beyoncé or Brad Pitt at celebrity hotspots like SoHo House New York or the Brooklyn Mirage.

You can find New York walking tours that are very economical, and some even free. With knowledgeable and humorous guides, walking tours give you deep insight into the city’s culture. Along the way your guide will allow for pit stops so that you can tour a building, grab a bite to eat or take a quick bathroom break.

Walking tours allow you to discover the architecture, waterfront, and bright lights of the city. In addition, you’ll get the chance to chat with the locals about the history and economic development of each borough.

What can you experience on a New York City Walking Tour?

You’ll get the chance to explore entire boroughs. Visit Harlem (home of the Apollo Theater and a great place for gospel music), Brooklyn (for NBA fans), and Manhattan Chinatown (an excellent neighborhood for foodies). Some New York City tours are also tailored to your interests, such as photography, shopping, culinary arts, and New York City architecture.

Neighborhood walking tours in New York

Indulge yourself in the Harlem Renaissance on a walking tour of the borough. Stop by theneighborhood’s soul food restaurants (like the popular Sylvia’s). You can also listen to good music that will have you clapping your hands and tapping your feet. If you’re looking for another great place for a walking tour then don’t miss Brooklyn. Here you’ll find lots of fine food and many places to shop for chic clothes. If you’re an art buff, SoHo might be an ideal place for you to explore. The neighborhood houses numerous art collections, like the popular National Geographic Gallery.

See the Neon Lights: Experience the bright lights and feel the magic during a night walking tour on Broadway. Other evening walking tours include the New York Seaport/Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, and Times Square.

Ghost tours in New York

Become acquainted with the ghosts of New York City on a walking tour through the village of Greenwich. You’ll stop by haunted buildings like the Stonewall Inn and Friend Building. If you don’t believe in ghosts already, you just might after this tour.

Photography tours in New York

New York City provides ample opportunities to get just the right photo. On this tour you’ll join a guide who is also an experienced photographer. They will know all the best places to get unobstructed shots of historic buildings or landmarks like the Empire State Building. You can also capture motion and movement shots of the hustle and bustle of New York at Grand Central Station.

Theater walking tours in New York

The Lion King, Hamilton, and the Phantom of the Opera have been some of the greatest productions on Broadway. Likewise, many famous movie stars, including Laurence Fishburne, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Julie Andrews, have performed there. As you take a walking tour of Broadway, you’ll feel the excitement when you look up at the lit marquee of each theater. On this tour you’ll see numerous theaters, such as the New Amsterdam Theater, American Airlines Theater, Music Box Theater, and the historic Hudson Theater. During some walking tours, you can even go inside the theaters to get behind the scenes of Broadway’s theater productions.

Special walking tours in New York

New York City is unique, so expect to find an array of unusual walking tours. You can, for example join the Hip Hop Tour, the Sopranos Sites Tour (inspired by the TV show) or the New York Street Art walking tour. There is even a holiday lights tour during the Christmas season.

Are there added extras with New York City walking tours?

Some New York City walking tours include added amenities like food tastings, free drinks (for the pub crawl), admission to an attraction, and complimentary gifts. If you choose a self-guided tour, you can often download an audio guide from the Google Play Store or iTunes.


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What people are saying about London

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We loved it! Our guide Nathan was amazing, knowledgeable and we learned a lot of facts about the Royal family and their ancestors. He knew exactly where to stand to get the best videos and pictures, because it gets really busy. Highly recommended!

Excellent tour by Urban Saunters. Francis really knew his stuff and found us all the best spots. It was fun keeping up with him! One needs a certain level of attentiveness as you're constantly on the move in a crowd.

Guided by “Danny Boy”, I spent the most enjoyable part of my vacation on this tour. I experienced 4 great Pubs and tasted very good beers. I plan to take this tour again on my next visit to London :)

An amazing tour for Potterheads and those who want a new way of exploring London!

It was wonderful. Simon was a perfect guide for us!