London In a Day: Tower of London Tour, Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard

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Location: London
Category: Tours & Sightseeing
Duration: 8.0 - 9.0 hours
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Currency: GBP
Language: English
TimeZone: Europe/London
Highlights - Includes more entrance tickets than any other London in a Day tour; including Westminster Abbey & Tower of London.
- First entrance at Westminster Abbey means you get inside (and to the Coronation Chair) before the crowds.
- We see not just one but two changing of the guards - from the very best vantage points.
- Enjoy views of the Tower of London from the Tower Bridge.
- Admire the stunning Crown Jewels at the Tower of London. Visiting at one of the quieter times of day, you shouldn’t have to wait too long.
- Small groups of maximum 20 people and headsets for every guest mean you won’t have any trouble hearing or interacting with your guide.
Summary
Immerse yourself in the quintessential sights of London on this comprehensive tour of the city’s most popular attractions. From first entrance into Westminster Abbey to the iconic Tower Bridge; the splendor of Nelson’s Column to the squalor of prison cells in the Tower of London; there is simply no better easier way to see all the main sights of London in a single day. We take care of the timing, logistics, and special access, so all you have to worry about is what questions you’re going to ask your expert, local guide. 

Description
Your day begins in Westminster Abbey, where you’ll take advantage of pre-reserved tickets to visit England’s most hallowed church, before most of the crowds arrive. As you stroll across the beautiful Cosmati pavements and peer up into the elaborate vaulted ceiling, your guide will introduce you to the church’s tumultuous history, which mirrors that of England. Every corner of the church is packed with historical interest and rich symbolism, including heart-wrenching war memorials, chapels maintained by ancient orders of chivalry, the tombs of national heroes, religious and royal relics, and of course, hundreds of years of royal weddings, coronations and funerals. 

Leaving the spiritual heart of England, you’ll avoid the large crowds gathered in front of Buckingham Palace to watch the Changing of the Guard and head to Wellington Barracks instead. This is where most of the ceremony actually takes place, including the band’s performance and the highly-formal uniform checks. It’s even more surprising then that so few visitors come here to watch the Changing of the Guard, meaning you can get right within arm’s reach of the guards as they pass. 

Now it’s time for a little surprise. On the other side of the St. James’s Park you’ll step into the Horse Guards Parade to witness a much less famous, but perhaps even more impressive ceremony:  The changing of the Queen’s Life Guard, an elite cavalry regiment, mounted on exquisitely-bred, and specially-trained horses. As you watch the guards go through the ceremony, your guide will explain the significance of everything from the armor they wear to the colors on their uniforms. 

Your next stop is Trafalgar Square, the geographic center of London and one of the city’s most iconic public spaces. While you marvel at the size of the bronze lions and enormous triumphal column, your guide will tell you about the naval history that gives the square its name as well as the dashing Admiral Nelson whose fame during his short life makes modern celebrities seem like total amateurs. You’ll also come across some unexpected curios, like the smallest police box in the world and a statue of George Washington that sits on a micro-plot of American soil. 

After a break for lunch (your guide will recommend a range of great places to eat) you’ll reconvene for a short walk down to the Thames for a scenic river cruise that will take you past a number of London landmarks like the Shard, the Gherkin, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye and more. Disembark at the foot of Tower Bridge and cross the iconic attraction as you learn its unexpected history. 

Your last stop, the Tower of London, is also the most impressive. With pre-reserved tickets at the quietest time of day, you won’t have to battle crowds to enjoy nearly 1,000 years of bloody royal feuds, improbable jailbreaks, jewel heists, menacing ravens, and even a ghost or two. Your guide, who has an expert grasp of British history, will regale you with the often hair-raising stories of this royal stronghold, jail, zoo, and sometimes execution block, including the mystery of two lost royal boys that still raises the hairs of everyone who hears it. There is no better, or more entertaining way to learn about the dynastic battles that shaped England and created the country we know as the United Kingdom. At the end, you have time to see the Crown Jewels on your own.

As a final treat, when your guide departs they will give you ample time to see the Crown Jewels (which are inside the Jewel House in the Tower). These aren’t just the largest collection of coronation regalia in the world, they are also the only ones in Europe that are still in use by a Royal family.

Every attraction on this tour is a bucket list destination. By combining them all, we’ve put together the ultimate day of sightseeing in Europe’s most vibrant capital city. Your expert, local guide, will be with you every step of the way to give you to point out the world of facts, stories and interesting details hiding around every corner. 

Commentary English: Guide
Included Entrance to Westminster Abbey
Entrance to Tower of London
Changing of the Guard
Horseguards Parade
River cruise along the Thames
Free time for lunch at own expense
Headsets
Excluded Gratuities
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Food & Beverages
Know before you book Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.
Know before you go Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no-shows after tour commencement or departure.
Please note that guests can only carry small handbags inside the British Museum.
Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
Please note that for security reasons bag searches will take place at Westminster Abbey and at the Tower of London.
Photographs not permitted inside Westminster Abbey.
Please be advised that 'Changing of the Guard' can be cancelled last minute due to bad weather, and does not take place every day. On days this ceremony does not take place, guests will see the Queen's Life Guard Change, Horse Guards Parade.
Duration is 8 hours 30 minutes.
Additional Information
Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.



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Operating Info

Product Start Date 2020-07-16
Product End Date 2020-10-31
Booking Cut-off 2 hours
Minimum 1 guests per booking
Maximum 20 guests per booking
Valid Only on date on reservation

Availability Notes

From To Notes
January 01, 2021 October 31, 2021 9:00 AM Departure - Daily (except: Sundays and 02 Apr 2021)

Locations

Type: Starts location
Lat & Long: 51.5008375, -0.1264587
Address: "Winston Churchill" statue, Parliament Square, Parliament Square, London, London, SW1P 3JX, GB
Directions: https://www.google.ie/maps/place/Winston+Churchill+Statue/@51.5008375,-0.1264587,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x35660b5cd12a8211!8m2!3d51.5008375!4d-0.1264587
Notes: There are 12 statues within Parliament Square. The Winston Churchill statue is the largest and is located on the north east corner of the square closest to Big Ben. The name 'CHURCHILL' is written on the stone base of the statue. The closest underground station is Westminster.
Start Location Notes "Winston Churchill" statue, Parliament Square, Parliament Square, London, London, SW1P 3JX, GB
End Location Address Tower of London, London, EC3N 4AB, GB
Type: Ends location
Lat & Long: 51.5081124, -0.0759493
Address: Tower of London, London, EC3N 4AB, GB
Notes:
Start Location Notes "Winston Churchill" statue, Parliament Square, Parliament Square, London, London, SW1P 3JX, GB
End Location Address Tower of London, London, EC3N 4AB, GB

Cancellation

Cancellation Policy: standard
Cancellation Cut-off: 72 hours
Cancellation Notes: Cancellations received greater than 72 hours prior to tour commencement are fully refundable. Cancellations received within 72 hours of tour commencement are nonrefundable. Amendment requests are subject to availability and price changes. Late arrivals and no shows are nonrefundable. This is applicable to any tour participant that fails to arrive, or arrives after tour departure.

Pricing

2020 PRICING RETAIL PRICE NET RATE
Adult 15-99 years £129.00 Available on request
Child 2-14 years £119.00 Available on request
Infant 0-1 years £0.00 Available on request

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Other Information

Terms and Conditions

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements.

Voucher Info

Mobile tickets will be accepted

FAQ Can I take pictures in the Tower of London?

You are welcome to take non-commercial photographs (without the use of flash) within most of the palace with the exception of the Jewel House, the Martin Tower, the Chapel of St. John (in the White Tower), inside the Chapel Royal of St. Peter ad Vincula and some temporary exhibitions. Some additional items or imagery may be prohibited from being photographed and this will be clearly signposted. Ask a member of staff if you are unsure. The use of tripods and selfie-sticks are prohibited.

Can I take pictures inside Westminster Abbey?

We’re sorry, but, you won’t be able to take photos inside this site.

Can I take a bag into Westminster Abbey or the Tower of London?

Yes, but only small bags are allowed. Kindly note, all bags are subject to a security check before admission and entrance.

Here is a list of some prohibited items:

- Sharp items (knives, scissors, cutlery, screwdrivers)
- Liquids that are not in a sealed container/bottle
- Items that make a noise (whistles)
- Paint spray
- Padlocks
- Chains
- Climbing gear
- Banners
- Placards
- Flags

Confirmation necessary? No
Redemption Your voucher will be collected or scanned on redemption