Beautiful view of Westminster Abbey
Buckingham Palace
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Westminster Abbey and Changing of the Guard – Two Iconic Experiences, One Morning

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2.5 h.
English
25
Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat
09:15

  • Make the most of your limited and precious vacation time with this tour combining two iconic experiences in one morning – Westminster Abbey and the Changing of the Guard. Your expert, English-speaking guide will guarantee you are in the best spots for viewing and photographs, as they regale you with the history and traditions of the monarchy and the soldiers who guard them.
  • Enjoy a fully-guided visit to Westminster Abbey, site of royal coronations, noble weddings and the resting place of monarchs, poets and famous historical figures spanning the last 1,000 years. Then, embark on a leisurely stroll through the Horse Guards to St. James’s Park before ending your tour at Buckingham Palace.
  • A small group of 25 people or less ensures easy maneuverability through the crowds for the ever-popular pomp and pageantry of the Changing of the Guard. See the Queen’s Foot Guards, with their iconic red tunics and unmistakable bearskin hats, march in unison with the military band or the Household Calvary – for a memorable sight that never fails to impress.

Your Unique Westminster Abbey Tour With Us

What's Included

  • Westminster Abbey tickets with skip-the-line access
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 25 people or fewer
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you always hear your guide
  • Gratuities

Sites Visited

  • Westminster Abbey (inside)
  • Whitehall
  • Horse Guards Parade
  • St James’s Park
  • Buckingham Palace (outside)

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.

Changing of the Guard Tour

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.

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