Your vacation time is priceless, so are the iconic London experiences you will have on this intimate two and a half hour morning tour. See one of the world’s most spectacular churches, Westminster Abbey. For over a thousand years, this has been the site of royal coronations, regal weddings, and is the resting place of countless monarchs, poets and famous historical figures.
Your expert, local 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. 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.
After the Abbey, you’ll be led on a walking tour to the Changing of the Guards. Sure, this is a public affair you can go to see on your own, but then you won’t have an expert guide giving you background on the tradition and explaining what you are witnessing step by step, march by march. Plus, because of the popularity of this procession, crowds gather quite quickly, blocking the best views. Your guide will get you there at the perfect time and in prime position.
This world-renowned ceremony will commence at either Buckingham Palace or at Horse Guards Parade, dependent upon the day’s schedule. You’ll learn the history behind the pageant’s pomp and circumstance while marveling at the Queen’s Foot Guards and their unmistakable bearskin hats and ruby-red tunics. The military band or the Household Cavalry beneath their plumed silver helmets, will ride upon their magnificent steeds along with the guard, culminating in a visual and auditory experience like no other. (Please note, this event may be canceled at any time without notice due to inclement weather.)
We’ll wrap up your morning adventure at Buckingham Palace, home to Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. You’ll have the opportunity to snap a photo of the royal family’s famous balcony where they appear, waving majestically to the crowd during major events. Your guide will tell you tales of intruders and heart-swept princes scaling the walls to get inside (and quickly descending back down to make their speedy exit as well). This tour is the perfect way to see some of the best London has to offer without dedicating much of your precious vacation time. And only City Wonders brings it together in a way that is as educational as it is entertaining.
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
Our tour finishes outside Buckingham Palace – which is about 15 minutes’ walk from Westminster Abbey. If you wish to re-enter the Abbey, you will need to queue and purchase new tickets.
Unfortunately, Westminster Abbey does not permit the taking of photos.
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