Westminster Abbey, Changing of the Guard, Buckingham Palace State Rooms & Afternoon Tea

Westminster Abbey, Changing of the Guard, Buckingham Palace State Rooms & Afternoon Tea

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Tour Highlights

  • Entrance ticket with skip the line access to Westminster Abbey
  • See the traditional Changing of the Guard ceremony
  • Timed entrance ticket to Buckingham Palace
  • Afternoon Tea at a top local venue
  • Commentary from an expert local guide
  • Small groups of 25 or fewer
  • Headsets where appropriate so you can always hear your guide

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See the best of London on this special summer tour with Westminster Abbey, the Changing of the Guard and the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace to celebrate their annual 2-month opening (from the end of July to the beginning of October) with a local guide set on showing you the real England. Afterwards, relax with Afternoon Tea!
Westminister Abbey Front View

Westminster Abbey Unveiled

Enjoy an in-depth guided visit to Westminster Abbey, famous for royal coronations and weddings, as well as the resting place of monarchs, poets and the historical figures that have shaped the last 1,000 years of British history.

Royal Guards Parade

The Ceremonial Changing of the Guard

Take a fully guided tour through Horse Guards to St. James's and Buckingham Palace. See the Changing of the Guard, perhaps the most famed tradition of British pomp and pageantry that never fails to impress.

Blue Drawing Room Buckingham Palace

The Real Buckingham Palace

Have the rare chance to visit the State Rooms used by the Royal Family inside Buckingham Palace. Open for just two months a year, you’ll get an insider’s look into the Royals before ending the day with afternoon tea at a nearby luxury hotel.

Tour Description

Enchant yourself with London’s top sights in a single summer’s day with reserved access to Westminster Abbey, the time-honored Changing of the Guard ceremony, and if that’s not enough, the sumptuous State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, topped off by afternoon tea at a luxury hotel. If all you see and do on this tour doesn’t make you feel like royalty, your local guide’s captivating commentary will.

First, touch the magic of one of the world’s great churches at Westminster Abbey. Every British monarch since William the Conqueror in 1066 has been crowned inside these buttressed walls, most recently Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. It has also been the stage for gala royal weddings like that of Prince William and Kate Middleton. See the Coronation Chair, the shrine of St. Edward the Confessor, and the tombs of no less than 17 British monarchs, as well as Britain’s greatest writers in Poets’ Corner. Your guide will conjure the true spirit of England, with tales of the immense figures that have shaped its history.

Then follow your guide to the Changing of the Guard. This world-famous ceremony takes place either at Buckingham Palace or at Horse Guards Parade, depending on the day. Your guide will make sure you are in prime position to get the best views at this crowded event. Tune into special commentary on the history and pageantry behind it as the Queen’s Foot Guards with their red tunics and bearskin hats march to Buckingham Palace together with the military band, or Household Cavalry with plumed silver helmets on their magnificent horses.

After some free time for lunch, it’s time to head inside Buckingham Palace for a rare visit to the magnificent State Rooms. Open for 2 short months each year, seize the chance to peek inside these gilded doors. Tickets can be difficult to secure on your own, but we offer pre-booked guaranteed access. Admire some of the Royal Collection’s greatest treasures: Sèvres porcelain, the finest English and French furniture, masterful paintings and ornate décor - many of which were gifts from Heads of State over the centuries.

The official Palace audio guide will introduce you to the palace’s history and its treasured belongings. Though no outside guides are allowed to speak in the palace, your City Wonders expert will captivate you with stories of its most famous (and infamous) residents and colorful historic commentary about the life and traditions of the Royal Court before you set off to see it on your own.

End your day with the best British tradition, traditional afternoon tea with scones, jam and clotted cream as well as a selection of sandwiches and cakes, all served on fine china in the magnificent surroundings of a traditional London luxury hotel. Now this is how to see London!

 

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What's Included

  • Entrance ticket with skip the line access to Westminster Abbey
  • Timed entrance ticket to Buckingham Palace
  • Afternoon tea
  • Expert local guide
  • Small groups of 25 or fewer
  • Headsets where appropriate so you can always hear your guide

Sites Visited

  • Westminster Abbey (inside)
  • Buckingham Palace (inside)
  • Rubens at the Palace Hotel or St Ermins (inside)
  • Whitehall
  • Horse Guards Parade
  • St James’s Park

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Important Notes

Please note that Westminster Abbey is subject to last minute, unforeseen closures. On these days the tour will be rescheduled. Depending on the day you will see either the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace or Horse Guards Parade. The Changing of the Guard is subject to changes in date, time and cancellation at the discretion of British authorities. Cancellation due to bad weather is not announced before 11am. When this occurs, customers will still see a ‘wet change’ during which the guards march but without the usual music or parade. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' access.

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