London Walking Tour with Westminster Abbey and Changing of the Guard | La Vacanza Travel

London Walking Tour with Westminster Abbey and Changing of the Guard

Duration: 3 hours
Destination: United Kingdom, England, London
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  • 3 hours
  • London
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable

Overview

Let us take you on a journey through the heart of London with our exclusive Westminster Abbey tour. Say goodbye to long lines and say hello to unparalleled access and fascinating insights. Our meticulously crafted walking tour promises to immerse you in the rich history and grandeur of Britain's most renowned church.

Join our small group and embark on a captivating exploration led by our incredibly knowledgeable guide. As you delve into the hallowed halls of Westminster Abbey, the storied venue of royal weddings, funerals, and coronations spanning centuries, prepare to be awestruck by its awe-inspiring beauty and significance.

But the adventure doesn't end there. On select days, you'll witness the iconic Changing of the Guards ceremony from the perfect vantage point carefully chosen by our experts.

This is more than just a tour; it's a truly royal experience, curated to provide you with unforgettable memories and a deep appreciation for London's illustrious heritage.

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Westminster Abbey, 20 Dean's Yard Broad Sanctuary, London SW1P 3PA England

Prepare to step into a realm where history and legend intertwine—the awe-inspiring Westminster Abbey. Nestled upon the very spot where a humble fisherman once glimpsed a celestial vision of St. Peter in the 10th century, this sacred sanctuary boasts over a millennium of religious significance. Although the remarkable structure you are about to behold dates back a mere 750 years, having been consecrated in 1269, its legacy reverberates through the ages.

Within these hallowed walls, monumental chapters of British history have unfurled like an epic saga. Witnessed by a staggering 2.5 billion people worldwide, nearly 40 royal coronations and the somber funeral of Princess Diana have unfolded amidst its majestic confines. Today, it continues to serve as the sacred stage for royal nuptials and the final farewells of esteemed figures from British society.

Brace yourself for an odyssey through time as you immerse yourself in the tapestry of its enthralling history.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: St. James's Park, Horse Guards Road The Storeyard, London SW1A 2BJ England

Walk Through St James Park on Your Way to Buckingham Palace
Nestled amidst the bustling cityscape of London, there exists an oasis of tranquility, a verdant sanctuary that invites weary souls to find solace in its embrace—St. James Park. A jewel in the crown of the capital, this enchanting park unfolds like a living masterpiece, offering respite from the urban rhythm and a symphony of natural wonders.

Step into a world where vibrant colors paint the landscape, where a kaleidoscope of flowers dances in the gentle breeze, and where the melodies of chirping birds serenade your senses. The park's meticulously manicured lawns and lush foliage create a picturesque backdrop, inspiring awe and stirring the imagination.

Stop At: Buckingham Palace, Spur Road, London SW1A 1AA England

Marvel at the exterior of Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace, an iconic symbol of British monarchy and culture, is the official residence and administrative headquarters of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. Situated in the heart of London, this grand architectural marvel boasts a history dating back to the early 18th century.

Your guide will tell you all the ins and outs about this imposing estate.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Changing of the Guard, Constitution Hill Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA England

Changing of The Guard
Entrusted with the sacred duty of protecting Britain's revered monarch these soldiers have become a symbol of the United Kingdom. Their resolute commitment to the King's security is embodied in the meticulous choreography of this elaborate ceremony—a practical passing of the torch from the morning shift, known as the Old Guard, to the afternoon shift, the New Guard.

Amidst an ambiance steeped in tradition, you will witness a dazzling procession of resplendent bands and soldiers adorned in their distinctive scarlet and blue attire. However, don't be fooled by the pomp and fanfare, for the guards remain steadfast in their unwavering focus on safeguarding the sovereign. Even in the face of constant, often humorous attempts to distract them, their duty and dedication remain resolute.

Please note that the Changing of the Guard currently occurs on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays only. If there is heavy rainfall, the Changing of the Guard will not happen.



Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Downing Street, London SW1A 2AL England

Exterior Visit on Downing Street
Downing Street, a place of intrigue and power, stands as an iconic symbol of British governance. Nestled amidst the bustling streets of London, this historic address is where the country's leaders make crucial decisions that shape the nation's destiny. Walk along its storied path, and you'll feel the weight of history and the echoes of great leaders who have graced its threshold. Downing Street: where history is written and the future is forged.

Pass By: Trafalgar Square, Centre of the City, London SW1A England

Trafalgar Square - where your tour will conclude
Trafalgar Square, an enchanting hub in the heart of London, radiates with timeless beauty and vibrant energy. Adorned by majestic fountains and surrounded by iconic landmarks, it is a gathering place where culture, history, and art intertwine. From here our guide is happy to advise on what to see and do for the remainder of your day!

Inclusions
  • Skip the Line Tickets to Westminster Abbey
  • Guided Tour of Westminster Abbey
  • Attend the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at Buckingham Palace
  • Fun, English-Speaking Guide
  • Small Group of Maximum 15!
  • Entry/Admission - Westminster Abbey

Exclusions
  • Hotel Pick Up / Drop Off
  • Entry into Buckingham Palace
  • Food & Beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please note that the Changing of the Guard currently occurs on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays only. If there is heavy rainfall, the Changing of the Guard will not happen.
  • Q. Does this tour guarantee seeing the Changing of the Guard?
  • A. No. The Changing of the Guard ceremony happens on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sundays throughout the year on other days the changing of the guard won't be included. If there is heavy rainfall, the ceremony does not happen. Your guide will watch the time to help you get to the ceremony from Westminster Abbey in time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

Parliament Square, Parliament Sq, London SW1, UK


Departure Time

09:00 AM


Return Details

Parliament Square, Parliament Sq, London SW1, UK

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

3 hours


User's Reviews

amyo878

17 Feb, 2024

I believe Adrian was the tour leader. Very good. I am grateful to have done this as we would never have been able to move around and see so much in such a short time. Changing of the guard: He knew all the tricks to getting us to good locations and we were much closer than I would have imagined. Westminster Abbey: we got in so early that it was actually empty. That sure changed quickly, but those first few minutes were special in its quietness.

James_M

04 Jan, 2024

Going through Westminster Abby & seeing and learning the history. Our tour guide was really awesome, he gave so much history and back stories.

Robert_E

31 Dec, 2023

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and made sure to keep us on time and kept the group together. The only recommendation I would make is to be more specific about the meeting location. It was very vague and we almost missed the tour trying to find where to meet.

Hannah_H

08 Dec, 2023

Our tour of Westminster Abbey was one of the highlights of our London trip for me. Our tour guide was amazing, he knew so much about British history and the history of the Abbey, but also made it come to life for my girls (ages 7, 11 and 13). We are so glad we did this tour!

766marlal

05 Dec, 2023

Great tour our guide Toby was great. This was our favorite tour we did . Going into Westminster Abbey was a great experience and being able to see changing of the guards was great

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