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London: Westminster Abbey Entrance Ticket

1. London: Westminster Abbey Entrance Ticket

Discover historic Westminster Abbey at your own pace. Immerse yourself in this place for worship, celebration, and ceremony, where many of Britain's most significant moments in history have happened. See the Coronation Chair, the oldest piece of furniture in the country that is still used for its original purpose. Since 1066, the Abbey has played host to the coronation of every British monarch including Queen Victoria and Elizabeth II. Learn how the Abbey is the resting place for many great monarchs, poets, musicians, scientists, and politicians. Explore Poets' Corner, so-called due to the many poets and writers buried here.

Westminster Abbey Tour with Optional Houses of Parliament

2. 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 Half-Day Private Chauffeur Driven Tour

3. London Half-Day Private Chauffeur Driven Tour

Discover London in complete privacy and luxury on a private, chauffeur-driven tour of the city center, and see some of the city’s top attractions away from the hustle and bustle of organized group tours. If you are looking for a unique way to discover London, this private tour is the perfect choice! Your chauffeur will take you on an intimate journey, guided by a professional guide who will provide you with personal attention and courtesy throughout your urban adventure. Take the family to some of the best-known and historic sites of London, such as the imposing Tower of London where the Crown Jewels are kept. Pass one of the official residences of Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Drive through Trafalgar Square and see Nelson’s Column, the National Gallery, and National Portrait Gallery. Pass Westminster Abbey, also known as the Houses of Parliament. Relax in the comfort of your private car, and discover some places that other tourists never get to see!

London: London by Night Sightseeing Open-Top Bus Tour

4. London: London by Night Sightseeing Open-Top Bus Tour

Experience London’s grand architecture and vibrant atmosphere which are impressive by day, and which truly come alive at night. Add a spark to your London trip and enjoy this city tour aboard an open-top bus. See the famous landmarks lit up against the night sky. Witness the Tower of London and Tower Bridge standing proud amongst the skyline and feel a thrill as you glide past the monumental Big Ben. Witnessthe fountains of Trafalgar Square dance with joy from the light that shines within them, and let the neon screens of Piccadilly Circus dazzle and thrill. As you pass Harrods, witness the exquisite lights which are evocative of Christmas, even in summer. Learn about the history of landmarks like St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey from your guide and hear fascinating stories about the city. Embark on a fun and informative tour suitable for families and groups of friends.

Big London Ticket: London Eye, Big Bus & Thames River Cruise

5. Big London Ticket: London Eye, Big Bus & Thames River Cruise

Discover the best of London with a hop-on, hop-off tour on-board an open-top, double-decker bus and enjoy a trip on the London Eye as part of your ticket. A hop-on, hop-off tour is the ideal way to discover the best sights, landmarks and attractions of London at your own pace. The tour gives you unlimited use, with stops strategically placed at all the places you would like to visit including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge and St Pauls Cathedral. Hop off the bus at Westminster Bridge to take an unforgettable ride on the London Eye. From the top, you can take in the breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of the city's impressive skyline. See the city's most famous sights including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament from an unrivaled bird's eye view. You can start your tour at any of the Big Bus stops. Popular starting points include the London Eye, Marble Arch, Victoria Station and Trafalgar Square. With all ticket types you can enjoy a boat cruise along the River Thames. A Classic ticket includes a single river cruise from the Tower of London to Westminster Pier (in either direction). Departure times vary for the river cruise. You can board the river cruise at Tower Pier (near stop 16) or Westminster Pier (near stop 18). Big Bus route highlights include Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, 10 Downing Street, Whitehall, Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Street, Regent Street, Trafalgar Square, London Eye, London Dungeon, Sea Life London Aquarium, Madame Tussauds, Covent Garden, Bank of England, Monument, St Pauls Cathedral, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, The Shard, City Hall, Lambeth Palace, British Museum, Marble Arch, Mayfair, Green Park, Hyde Park Corner, Harrods, South Kensington Museums, Kensington Palace and Notting Hill.

London: Landmarks and Secret Gems Bike Tour

6. London: Landmarks and Secret Gems Bike Tour

Saddle up for a fun, small group bike tour of London and see the city like a slightly eccentric local. Ride a fabulous classic-style, traditional English Pashley bicycles, pedaling across the capital using riverside paths, dedicated bicycle lanes, and quiet back streets. Cruise at an easy pace to ensure your comfort and safety at all times, the tour is ideal even for those who haven't ridden a bicycle in years. Frequent stops are made to give you a chance to soak in the sights, take photos, and listen to your guide recount interesting facts and strange historical tales of landmarks like Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and the London Eye. You will also visit lesser-known spots, including a bizarre stone nose, wartime bunkers, legal graffiti zones, and the best spots for food and drink. Take a break at the best-rated ale and cider pub in town, and learn about traditional brewing techniques, taste samples, and enjoy a pint with your group.

London: Private Walking Sightseeing Tour

7. 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: The London Pass with access to 80+ Attractions

8. London: The London Pass with access to 80+ Attractions

See all that London has to offer with the London Pass. With its wealth of history and culture, London always has plenty to offer visitors. The London Pass is a complete sightseer credits package allowing you access to more than 80 top attractions, tours, and museums.  Access a huge range of the top landmarks and attractions including the Tower of London, London Zoo, Windsor Castle, and many more.  Enjoy a 1-Day Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus tour with over 60 stops across London including Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, and Piccadilly Circus. The pass is valid for a full working day across 3 routes. You'll also get access to special London Pass holder perks including discounts at gift shops at select attractions.  The London Pass allows access to over 80 attractions including: POPULAR ATTRACTIONS • The View from the Shard • Tower of London • 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour • Thames River Boat (Uber Boat by Thames Clippers - 1-day Hop-on Hop-off) • Windsor Castle • Westminster Abbey • London Bridge Experience • Tower Bridge Exhibition • ZSL London Zoo • Kensington Palace PLACES OF INTEREST • Shakespeare's Globe Theatre • Royal Albert Hall • Royal Observatory Greenwich • Old Royal Naval College • The Painted Hall • Cutty Sark • Kew Gardens • Hampton Court Palace • Apsley House • Benjamin Franklin House • The Royal Mews • Eltham Palace • Jewel Tower • The Monument to The Great Fire of London • Golden Hinde • Wellington Arch • Chelsea Physic Garden MUSEUMS & GALLERIES • London Transport Museum • Foundling Museum • Household Cavalry Museum • Charles Dickens Museum • Guards Museum • Cartoon Museum • Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art • Wernher Collection at Ranger's House • Fan Museum • London Canal Museum • London Museum of Water and Steam • Garden Museum • Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Advertising • Queen's Gallery • Pollocks Toy Museum • The Postal Museum TOURS & EXPERIENCES • ArcelorMittal Orbit • Arsenal FC Stadium (Emirates Stadium) • Chelsea FC Stadium Tour • Tottenham Hotspur FC Stadium Tour • Curzon Bloomsbury • Curzon Mayfair Cinema • Curzon Soho Cinema • Swingers Crazy Golf (City and West End venues) • Sherlock: The Official Live Game • Fuller's Brewery Tour • 20+ London Sights and enoy Fish & Chips - Top Sights Tours • 30+ London Sights Tour - Top Sights Tours • Palaces and Parliament Tour - Top Sights Tours • Jason's Original Canal Boat Trip • Kia Oval Ground Tour • London Bicycle Tour • London Bicycle Hire • Brit Movie Tours • QUEENS Skate, Dine & Bowl • Twickenham Stadium Tour & Rugby Museum • Wembley Stadium Tours & more! Please note attractions and tours are subject to change. Please check the digital guide included on your confirmation voucher for the full list of inclusions, opening times, and reservations instructions, when applicable, before you go.

London: Tootbus London Discovery Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

9. London: Tootbus London Discovery Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Enjoy the flexibility to hop on and hop off as you like throughout the day with this hop-on hop-off bus tour. See essential sights like Big Ben and Buckingham Palace from the top deck of the bus, and enjoy extra options through the inclusive app. Board a famous double-decker bus at one of 8 conveniently-located central London bus stops. Once checked in, your ticket will be valid to come and go from the buses as many times as you like throughout the next 24 hours. Settle into your seat and enjoy cruising past some truly iconic landmarks. Take advantage of the incredible top deck views as your journey takes you to Tower Bridge, Piccadilly Circus, the London Eye, and many more. Discover the city with knowledgeable commentary from local expert guides. If you are traveling with children, a child-friendly audio guide is available. Your ticket also gives you access to the app, including multi-lingual options and self-guided walking tours to try out at your own pace. Add more fun to your trip by joining one of the Jubilee special tours (May 21-September 4). These tours take place daily with various departures from 9 AM to 4 PM. This year, Queen Elizabeth II will be the first monarch to reach the Platinum Jubilee milestone, making her the longest-reigning and oldest British monarch. Naturally, this calls for celebration. The Jubilee special tour does just that. Commemorate The Queen’s historic reign and embark on a journey through royal history with local guides. Take in the views and discover the places that make London so unique under a whole new glorious light. Make a day of it and visit Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, or other royal hotspots after hopping off the bus.

London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

10. London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

Discover what London has to offer on a hop-on hop-off tour of the English capital. Pass iconic landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, London Eye, and Big Ben with audio commentary available on board. Choose from a selection of tickets and routes. You can also explore London on foot with a live guide with a choice of 3 daily walking tours (included in Premium & Deluxe tickets). Walking Tours last about 1.5-2 hours. Changing of the Guard Walking Tour – 10 AM – Stop 7 (Trafalgar Square) City of London Past to Present– 1 PM – Stop 15 (St Paul's Cathedral) Jack the Ripper – 4 PM – Stop 17 (Tower of London) Classic Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 1 day (24 hours from time of redemption) Single river cruise between Tower of London and Westminster – either direction A choice of 3 live guided walking tours Premium Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 2 days (48 hours from time of redemption) Single river cruise between Tower of London and Westminster – either direction Panoramic evening tour A choice of 3 live guided walking tours Deluxe Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 3 days (72 hours from time of redemption) Single river cruise between Tower of London and Westminster – either direction Panoramic evening tour A choice of 3 live guided walking tours Discover London via 2 specially-designed routes covering over 45 stops: Red Route The Red route takes in the best of historic London including Big Ben, the London Eye, and St Paul’s Cathedral. Frequency: approx. every 10-20 minutes. Blue Route The Blue Route is a comprehensive route covering all of central London from Kensington Palace in the West to the Tower of London in the East. Stops include Harrods, the South Kensington Museums, and Madame Tussauds. Frequency: approx. every 10-20 minutes. River Cruise Classic, Premium & Deluxe tickets includes a river cruise from Tower of London to Westminster in either direction. The river cruise includes live commentary in 8 languages. See top London attractions lining the Thames, including Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, Shakespeare's Globe, and the Tate Modern. Departure times for the river cruise are approximately every 45 minutes. Panoramic Evening Tour The panoramic evening tour is included in the Premium & Premium Plus ticket types. Discover the magic of London as the city becomes illuminated in the evening. Hop on for a one-round panoramic tour past London's top landmarks as the sun begins to set. The tour departs daily at 06:00 PM from bus stop 12 at The London Eye.

Planning Your Visit

  • Photography not allowed

    Photography is not permitted in the church area, only in the cloisters. There will be clear guidance as to where these areas are - if in doubt, ask someone who works there.

  • Memorials

    Even if they are not physically buried at the Abbey, there are many memorial stones to famous influencers - among them the Bronte sisters, Martin Luther King, Jr., and William Shakespeare.

  • Dress code

    As it is a church, visitors are asked to take care in how they dress when visiting Westminster Abbey - no hats and knees and shoulders covered.

  • Luggage

    Large luggage items can't be brought inside the building - it is recommended that you check them into the secure storage facilities at one of London's major rail stations.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Visiting hours vary by day, so make sure you check online to plan ahead.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult tickets are £20 with family package and concessions options available. Audio-guides are included in the price.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It's a great way to see some of London, and the Abbey! A guide will be able to lead you directly to the most famous grave sites.
  • How to get there
    Take the tube to St. James's Park or Westminster, or check the bus schedule for numerous options.
  • Additional information

    • Sensible footwear is advised! Much of the flooring is uneven.

    • A disabled-access tour plan can be found online at the DisabledGo website.

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What people are saying about Westminster Abbey

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 5,715 reviews

Our tour with Guy was perfect. He did a wonderful job showing our group so many interesting things - and even directed us to a spot where we saw Prince William in the practice for the Platinum Jubilee parade. Would highly recommend Guy and this tour.

It was great, we saw a lot of the sights, well synchronized with the London Eye. Tower Bridge is lifted at 5 p.m., which was also a great experience. Next time I would book a 2 day tour with Big Bus so that I have more time to get off.

The meeting points are easy to find, everyone is helpful.

Friendly and helpful staff nothing too much trouble

Great info before getting into parliament building.