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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.  

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

3. 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 Westminster to the Tower of London (in either direction). Departure times vary for the river cruise. You can board the river cruise at Tower Pier (near stop 16), Greenwich Pier, Westminster Pier (near stop 18) and the London Eye Pier (near stop 11). 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: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

4. 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) Royal Platinum Jubilee Walk – 1 PM – Stop 1 (Green Park Underground) Jack the Ripper – 4 PM – Stop 16 (Tower of London) Classic Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 1 day (24 hours from time of redemption) Single river cruise between Westminster and Tower of London – either direction Premium Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 2 days (48 hours from time of redemption) Single river cruise between Westminster and Tower of London – 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 Westminster and Tower of London – either direction Panoramic evening tour A choice of 3 live guided walking tours Discover London via 3 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 A Classic ticket includes a river cruise from Westminster to the Tower of London (in either direction) whilst the Premium and Deluxe tickets include a Single river cruise between Westminster and the Tower of London (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 11 at The London Eye.

London: The London Pass with access to 80+ Attractions

5. 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: Top 30 Sights and Westminster Abbey

6. London: Top 30 Sights and Westminster Abbey

Start with a walking tour of the history, culture, and legends of one of Europe’s best-loved cities. Head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard ceremony. Head to Westminster, see Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. See 30 sights in one day, including: • Buckingham Palace • Trafalgar Square • Changing of the Guard • Big Ben • Downing Street • Westminster Abbey • Whitehall • Houses of Parliament • London Eye • Shakespeare’s Globe Theater • London Bridge • Southwark Cathedral • The Shard (tallest skyscraper in the EU) • HMS Belfast (Second World War Battleship) • Square Mile • Tower Bridge • Tower of London Then, head to Westminster Abbey. Since the coronation of William the Conqueror in 1066, all coronations of English and British monarchs have been in Westminster Abbey. There have been 16 royal weddings at the abbey since 1100. Henry III rebuilt the abbey in honor of a royal saint, Edward the Confessor, whose relics were placed in a shrine in the sanctuary. Henry III himself was interred nearby, as were many of the Plantagenet kings of England, their wives, and other relatives. Until the death of George II in 1760, most kings and queens were buried in the abbey.

London: German-Speaking Guided Tour of Westminster

7. London: German-Speaking Guided Tour of Westminster

Start your 2.5-hour tour of Westminster's best attractions near Green Park Underground Station, led by a German-speaking guide. Enjoy an unspoiled view of Buckingham Palace, the main London residence of the British Monarchy since Queen Victoria's time. View the Horse Guards ride past on their way to the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Continue your walk along The Mall, the famous red-paved street and ceremonial route the Queen takes when leaving Buckingham Palace. Follow in the steps of your qualified City of London and City of Westminster guide across the fascinating area of central London. Stroll past Clarence House, St. James' Palace, and Trafalgar Square before you arrive at Westminster Abbey and Parliament Square.

Inside Westminster Abbey Guided Tour

8. Inside Westminster Abbey Guided Tour

Begin your visit at the meeting point at the Westminster Abbey entrance at 09:15 AM. Your guide will take you through the corners of this famous building, a traditional site for the wreaths and burials of the English monarchs and, later, the British monarchs. Since the coronation of William the Conqueror in 1066, all English monarchs have been crowned at the Abbey, with the exception of Joan I and Edward V. See the numerous tombs of various members of the royal family, aristocrats, and illustrious personalities such as scientists and poets, including the tombs of Charles Dickens, Geoffrey Chaucer, and Rudyard Kipling. In recent years, the Abbey has hosted Princess Diana's funeral, and Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding. During this tour, explore the incredible building full of history and enjoy an unforgettable day. 

London: Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

9. London: Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

Capture the heart of the city’s culture, landmarks and history on this London bus tour, while sipping a lovely cup of tea and enjoying the exquisite tastes of England. Indulge in High Tea, which is accompanied by an array of tasty sandwiches and delicious cakes and pastries. Your London bus driver will take you round several iconic sites, such as Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St James’s Park, Hyde Park, The Royal Albert Hall, Marble Arch, Nelson’s Column, Downing Street and more. This sightseeing tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes depending on traffic. Nothing beats a good cuppa, so experience the beating heart of England like a local!

London: Essentials Morning Bike Tour

10. London: Essentials Morning Bike Tour

This tour starts in Kensington Garden - you'll start the morning by cycling through this beautiful park to see where Queen Victoria grew up and where Princess Diana lived. Further down the road, you'll stop at London's most classic venue, The Royal Albert Hall, built to memorialize Prince Albert. Feel free to do your own "last night of the proms" or lay back and listen to one of your guide's anecdotes. Your group will then follow the "rotten row" in the magical Hyde park to the statue of one of England's biggest heroes of all time, the man who defeated Napoleon back in 1815: if you know his name and where the battle took place you're the hero of the day. It's all downhill from there, through the Green Park to visit the official residence of the Royal family, Buckingham Palace - maybe you'll get invited for a cup of tea? We hope to tell you some stories about the Palace that you won't find in a travel guide! Next stop on your route is Trafalgar square, one of the world's most famous places. Whatever happened to Lord Nelson in Trafalgar and where did all the pigeons that once lived here go? If you know this then please do share - that's what the tour is all about, sharing some stories  - it's more of a chat than a lecture with a lot of yeardropping. If you like the royal weddings and the coronations, the amazing Westminster Abbey might be the highlight for you on the tour, if you prefer some good old execution and torture you can pay some extra attention by ţhe Houses of Parliament. Then, take a selfie at Big Ben, London's number one landmark before your group goes back again through the Royal Parks to the meeting point again. But please don't rush off without challenging your guides with any questions you may have about other attractions, museums, markets and more ways to enjoy this fabulous city.

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Gina was amazing!! She knew so much about London and everything!! But what made so great was the pride she has in her city!! It really shows!! If you want to know about London take this tour!! If you are concerned about walking she is extremely patient with you!! I have nerve damage in my leg. But she never acted liked I was slowing down the group. Can’t say enough great things!!

Westminster Abbey is amazing and it was definitely worth a visit. You get an audio guide that is actually as comprehensive as you want it to be and is not annoying. You will learn a lot and the Abbey itself is stunning.

Great ! The Big bus is really to do to have an overview, the nice boat for a view from the Thames and the eyes London an essential activity for a view from above.

The abbey is super interesting and the included audio/video guide has great content and is easy to use for both adults and kids.

Great opportunity to see many sights in one day and small alleys and corners in a very relaxed way. Great for children!