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London: Westminster Abbey Skip-the-line Entry & Guided Tour

1. London: Westminster Abbey Skip-the-line Entry & Guided Tour

Enjoy the full attention of a licensed guide on a private tour of Westminster Abbey, one the United Kingdom's most notable religious buildings. Explore the church’s 1000-years-old history of coronations, royal weddings and burials, including the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales. Discover a mecca of British royal heritage! The 2-hour tour includes skip-the-line tickets to Westminster Abbey, one of the most visited attractions in London, so you can save time and bypass the crowds. Admire the grand architecture of this Gothic masterpiece and soak in the tranquil atmosphere of the abbey, its historic chapels and lovely gardens. Step inside to discover rare treasures, such as the historic King Edward’s Chair, which has been used at every coronation of English and British sovereigns since 1302. During the tour, your expert guide will take you on a journey from the abbey’s founding in the 11th century as a Benedictine monastic church, through its transition to a Church of England “Royal Peculiar”, to other interesting events, such as the 2011 wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. Westminster Abbey is also a great place to hear stories about the great national figures who were buried here, including Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Stephen Hawking. Choose the 3,5-hour tour to take advantage of skip-the-line tickets and roundtrip transfers from your London accommodation to Westminster Abbey. We will organize an experienced driver and a private vehicle exclusively for your group of family members or friends, so you can escape the crowds and chaos of London’s public transport. Book private car transfers in advance to save time and effort. Join the extended 4-hour tour to enjoy a visit to Westminster Abbey and a walking tour of the City of Westminster and its government buildings, palaces and monuments. Hear the story of the symbol of British democracy - the Palace of Westminster and its iconic Big Ben clock tower, and see the Downing Street where the Prime Minister resides. See the war memorials along the prestigious Whitehall and admire the famous museum buildings at the Trafalgar Square. The final stop will be at Leicester Square, known as home to major cinemas and theatres. The 5,5-hour option includes a private car transfer and a guided tour of the City of Westminster with skip-the-line tickets to its treasury trove - the Westminster Abbey. Enjoy a hassle-free experience with a convenient pickup and drop-off service at your London accommodation to avoid getting lost or late for the tour.

London: Harry Potter Walking Tour and Clink Prison Visit

2. London: Harry Potter Walking Tour and Clink Prison Visit

Join a guided walking tour in London and explore more than 10 movie locations and several sites that inspired JK Rowling's famous Harry Potter books. See King's Cross Station, London Bridge, Trafalgar Square, and much more. Then, end your tour with a visit to the Clink Prison Museum. Meet your guide at King's Cross Station outside the famous Platform 9¾ before heading to Leicester Square to visit a shop that made all the paper props used in the films. Continue to London Bridge and discover the Leaky Cauldron and Millennium Bridge, which was used in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This famous bridge runs across the Thames and connects St. Paul's Cathedral and the Tate Modern. Continue your tour through London and visit some of the locations that inspired JK Rowling as she was writing the books. Marvel at Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, and more. Finally, head to the Clink Prison Museum. Experience the ghastly attractions and learn the grim history of this medieval prison that served as the inspiration for Azkaban.

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4.8 / 5

based on 35 reviews

I had a great time during this tour, with Larissa, a fantastic licensed expert guide. The ticket included skip-the-line entry, meaning we were able to bypass the 30 minutes-long queue! Although private guided tours are not the cheapest way to visit the Abbey, I thought that being able to benefit from the experiences of a knowledgeable tour guide, with the opportunity to ask questions and hear amazing anecdotes covering 1,000 years of British history, was worth the cost. In fact, Larissa was so engaging that other visitors stopped next to us to hear her stories! I was taken on a journey from the Abbey's foundings in the 11th century, exploring every corner, learning incredible historical facts and spotting hidden gems, including Britain's oldest door! I learnt that the church has over a 1,000 year history of coronations, 17 royal weddings and is is the resting place of more than 3,000 renowned Britons. Whether you’re a Londoner or a tourist, I highly recommend this tour!

A must see in London. If you’re passionate about British history, it’s definitely one of the most interesting places in London. So much history in one place that it can be overwhelming! What we liked the most without a doubt was our guide, Cosetta. She was super kind, full of knowledge and had a lot of patience with us. The two hours flew by! Cosetta spoke with such passion about British history that I ended up watching a movie about Queen Victoria that night! I wanted to highlight the customer service of getyourguide. We booked the tour for the 1st of October, but for reasons unknown to us, the guide did not show up at the meeting point. Jay, the one who assisted me, was super friendly and solved everything on the spot. Communication was super easy thanks to the app. Also bear in mind that there are a lot of people visiting Westminster Abbey since the Queen's death and it's possible that Westminster Abbey will be closed for a few months to prepare for the Coronation.

Westminster Abbey is an essential part of any London itinerary and this 20-hour private guided tour gives you the lowdown on this magnificent building, as well as interesting nuggets of English history. Communication from the company was timely and clear. Fiona, the guide, was professional and had an impressive depth of knowledge covering 1,000 years of British history. A valuable inclusion is a skip-the-line ticket, allowing you to avoid the epic queues for standard ticket holders. At the end of the guided tour, there was a valuable opportunity to linger in the abbey and take photographs. Private guided tours aren't the cheapest way to visit Westminster Abbey, and this tour may be beyond the budget of a solo traveller. That said, it's hard to put a price on the value of having a live guide to yourself and this will be a more cost-effective option for a family groiup.

My son and I took a private tour of Westminster abbey on Saturday. I loved learning more about the abbey and the part it and the people who are buried there have played in our history. We were able to see the coronation chair which will be in use again soon. It is amazing to think that all monarchs since William the Conqueror have been crowned in the abbey. I was suprised to learn that the abbey has the oldest door in Britain dating back to its Anglo Saxon foundation in about 960 B.C. Our guide Fabrizio was excellent and was able to answer our many questions. I would recommend the tour to anyone who wants to find out more about British history in the place where some of the events that shaped our country took place and I am sure like us you will be left wanting to discover even more. We also enjoyed an excellent lunch in the cafe.

A truly remarkable experience. Ludmila, our guide, went through every corner of the abbey, telling historical facts, explaining architectural choices and even spotting some hidden gems. It was a truly great moment. I have been living in London for the past 4 years and I have always wanted to visit this historical place. I think I chose the best way to do so.