London Walking Tour with Westminster Abbey and Changing of the Guard

Get to know the most famous church in London before seeing the guards at Buckingham Palace

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Looking for a shorter tour that gets you in quickly to Westminster Abbey? Then join in this walking tour of the famous abbey where centuries of royal coronations, weddings, and funerals have been held. Follow your guide as they lead you into London's beloved church and share little-known facts and stories about past events here. Then head over to Buckingham Palace to watch the Changing the Guard ceremony from a great viewpoint. Your local guide will make sure this tour leaves an impression!

Tour Details
  • Skip the line
  • Parliament Square
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Effigies and Tombs
  • Changing of the Guard
  • Best View of the Ceremony
  • Buckingham Palace
  • St. James Park
  • Downing Street

Ever wonder how those guards are able to stand still for hours on end? On this tour your expert guide will describe these incredible traditions as you visit the most famous church in England before seeing the Queen's Guard take their place at Buckingham Palace. This 3-hour Westminster tour includes: 

  • Skip-the-line entry to Westminster Abbey

  • Professional guide

  • Changing of the Guard ceremony from ideal viewing area

Westminster Abbey

Built on the site where in 10th century a fisherman saw a vision of St. Peter, the Abbey has over 1,000 years of history as a religious and political center. Home to royal coronations, weddings and funerals, the church is also the burial place of thousands including monarchs and English celebrities. The Abbey is also the location where over 2.5 billion people worldwide saw the Funeral of Princess Diana in 1997. The solemn service is one of the most watched moments in television history. On this tour your guide will describe lesser known stories about the Princess as you walk through the church. 

With your guide, you will see the impressive church that holds so much English history. Across the Abbey you will see the effigies of scientists like Charles Darwin and Sir Isaac Newtown and explorers like David Livingstone. In the South Transept of the church you will find Poet's Corner where the famous writers buried include Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling and Geoffrey Chaucer. Though there is much solemnity in this holy church, it is also site of great weddings, like most recently the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton. 

Changing of the Guard

The Queen's Guard has been protecting the Monarch of England since 1660. These elite soldiers from seven regiments are solely responsible for the Queen's security. At 10:30 am daily, as has been the case for centuries, there is the Changing of the Guard. This elaborate ceremony that thousands crowd to visit each day serves a very practical purpose. It is the change of the morning shift, the Old Guard, to the afternoon shift, the New Guard. Though is much pomp and fanfare, the guards primary and only focus is the protection of the queen. For this reason, the guards will not be distracted by the constant and often humorous attempts to garner their attention. To see this incredible parade of bands and soldiers in bright red outfits, your guide will take you to a less busy area with an amazing view.

The Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace occurs on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays during the summer.

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Westminster Abbey / Changing Guard
06 May 2022
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Paul Latham

Our tour guide Bob was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and friendly. He also clearly knew the best places to stand (particularly for the changing of the guard and at the horse guards with the cavalry changeover. Highly recommend

Brilliant Tour with Ben
20 April 2022
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Andrew Wagner

We took the walking tour with Ben. Ben was amazing!! He really catered to our group and took us to everything we wanted. He asked us at the beginning if we were more into the history or the stories of the site. We were mixed and he gave us a great flavor of both. Couldn’t have asked for a better tour.

Perfect for history lovers
17 February 2020
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I have always wanted to visit London for its history, so this trip was something that I've been planning for a while. This tour was perfect for me because the tour guide immersed us in England's past and London's rich history. Really amazing to visit Westminster - something that I have seen in many of my favorite TV shows and documentaries.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

Meet your local guide in Parliament Square in front of the statue of Abraham Lincoln.

What to bring?

We recommend bringing a bottle of water with you and wearing a pair of comfortable shoes since this is a walking tour.

Can I take pictures in Westminster Abbey?

Photography is strictly prohibited inside the church.

Does this tour include pick up at your hotel?

We do not pick you up at your hotel. You will meet your guide at the meeting point listed on your confirmation voucher.

Can I bring a backpack?

Small bags and backpacks are allowed but they will be searched upon entry to Westminster.

What to bring?

We recommend bringing a bottle of water with you and wearing a pair of comfortable shoes since this is a walking tour.

Where to meet?

Meet your local guide in Parliament Square in front of the statue of Abraham Lincoln.

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