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Skip the Line Westminster Abbey with Changing of the Guard

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Go on an exciting tour of the world famous Westminster Abbey together with a witty tour guide! See the traditional Changing of the Guards before your very eyes. Walk through the Horse Guards to St. James and the Buckingham Palace. Learn all about the rich culture, history and traditions of the British.

Highlights
  • Visit the Westminster Abbey inside and learn all about its significance to British history
  • Witness the traditional ceremony of the Changing of the Guards
  • Admire the Buckingham Palace's exteriors and see the balcony where the royal family greets the public
  • Learn all about the history and traditions of the British from your knowledgeable guide
  • Use convenient audio headsets to help you hear your guide at all times

Description

Go on a fantastic tour of one of the world's most famous church, the Westminster Abbey along with a witty guide who's ready to educate you and answer all your pressing questions. See the Buckingham Palace up close by the gates!

Start off the tour with a trip to the Westminster Abbey, a 700-year-old building that poses a significant role in the history of Britain. This well-known church has seen important monarchical events such as royal weddings, state funerals, and the crowning of Kings and Queens. Go on an inside tour of this fantastic piece of architecture and feel as if you were at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton as well. See the coronation chair, the tombs of 17 British monarchs, a tomb of an Unknown Soldier (buried in French soil and covered by a slab of Belgian marble), and tombs of a great variety of the country's greatest poets in the Poet's corner.

After a tour of the Westminster Abbey, your guide will lead you to the Changing of the Guards, an old British ceremony that takes place either at the Buckingham Palace or the Horse Guards Parade (depending on the day). Experience the best views of this spectacular event. Hear a very informative commentary which tells the history and pageantry behind the ceremony. Also see the Queen's Foot Guards who march along with the military band or the Household Cavalry. Marvel at the guards' silver helmets, red tunics and bearskin hats as they march and ride their majestic horses.

Finally, admire the Buckingham Palace's exterior. This palace is the official residence of various British royals such as Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. See the famous balcony where the royal family greets the public during major events. Hear about palace intruders and the schemes of the princes to get in and out of the palace.

Includes

  • Skip the line ticket to Westminster Abbey

  • English-speaking guide
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Skip the Line Westminster Abbey with Changing of the Guard
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Duration: 3 hour(s)
Available: Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Skip the line ticket to Westminster Abbey / English-speaking guide

Tour guide was very knowledgable and answered all questions appropriately. He was nice enough to lead us back to to the train after tour. The tour was adequate for what we needed to see.

Cindy m

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Schedule

  • 09:00

    Meet Your Guide at Westminster Abbey - West Entrance

  • 09:15

    Westminster Abbey Guided Tour

    Your expert guide will bring the halls and histories to life as they entertain you with the fascinating facts of this great edifice. Walk atop the footsteps of the many colorful characters that have traversed this area, from William the Conqueror to Queen Elizabeth II.

  • Explore the Abbey

    See the Coronation Chair, commissioned by Edward the Confessor in 1296. Then tiptoe through the tombstones of 17 British monarchs, the Unknown Soldier beneath French soil and Belgian marble, and the English-language’s greatest wordsmiths in Poet’s Corner.

  • Changing of the Guards

    Witness the famous Changing of the Guard after a walking tour along the Embankment Pier. Get the best views for your photos as your guide gives you more information about the history behind this ceremony.

  • Buckingham Palace

    End the tour at Buckingham Palace, headquarters of the Queen and the center of all state occasions and royal events. Take photographs of the vast garden and the iconic balcony where the members of the royal family stay during major events.

  • 11:45

    Tour Ends at Buckingham Palace

  • (For Check-In) Westminster Abbey (Westminster Abbey, London, United Kingdom) Time: 09:00:00

  • (For Check-Out) Buckingham Palace Time: 11:45:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Westminster Abbey (Westminster Abbey, London, United Kingdom) Time: 09:00:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Buckingham Palace Time: 11:45:00

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Notes

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Walking shoes

  • Comfortable clothing

Additional Note(s)
  • Please note that the Changing of the Guard will not operate when it is raining and will be replaced with an extended walking tour.

  • Depending on the day, you will see either the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace or Horse Guards Parade. On some occasions, the Changing of the Guard may be cancelled on a short notice.

  • Due to increased security measures at many attractions, some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' or VIP early access.

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Reviews

Tour guide was very knowledgable and answered all questions appropriately. He was nice enough to lead us back to to the train afte...r tour. The tour was adequate for what we needed to see. more

Cindy m

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  • Any cancellations made within 3 business days of your activity (after 09:15:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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