London Walking Tour with Westminster Abbey and Changing of the Guard
Skip the Line at Westminster Abbey and see the Changing of the Guard from the best spot
When it comes to tradition, legacy and grandeur, the United Kingdom is the ultimate embodiment. On this tour, you will skip the line for a tour of Westminster Abbey and you will see the Changing of the Guard from the ultimate view.
- Westminster Abbey
- Parliament Square
- 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? Are they actual soldiers or just actors? On this tour your expert storytelling guide will describe these incredible traditions as you visit the most famous church in England and as you witness the Queen's Guard take their place at Buckingham Palace. This three hour tour in London includes:
- Skip the line Westminster Abbey Tour
- Expert English Speaking Guide
- Changing of the Guard ceremony from ideal viewing area
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 many times 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 trafficked area with an amazing view.
The Changing Band of the Guard at Buckingham Palace will be visited on Monday's, Wednesday's and Friday's between August and May and 6 days a week in June and July. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday's between August and May the Changing of the Queen's Life Guard will be visited.
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Excellent tour. Those guards really don't move! I really tried everything. I thought I was a pretty funny guy but now I'm not so sure. It was cool experience for sure. Next time I'll get them to laugh!
Beautiful day in London
We had a very sunny day which of course made the weather and therefore our moods very nice. I greatly enjoyed seeing the Changing of the Guard ceremony and my son had lots of fun trying to get the soldier to look over but he stayed precisely in form. Felt like we saw much history and the park we walked through was quite beautiful.
Westminster Abbey was so cool!
I am very into the Royals so it was very emotional to see Westminster with all the history tied to Princess Diana. I remember seeing the Abbey during the funeral and it was surreal to be there in person. The church is beautiful and it was cool to see all those buried there.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where to meet?
In Parliament Square in front of the statue of Abraham Lincoln.
What to bring?
We recommend bringing a bottle of water with you. We always highly recommend wearing a pair of comfortable shoes as there is quite a bit of walking involved.
Q: Can I bring a backpack?
A: Small bags and backpacks are ok but they will be searched upon entry into the sites.
Q: Does this tour include pick up at your hotel?
A: We do not pick you up at your hotel. You will meet your guide at the meeting point listed on your confirmation voucher.
Q: Can I take pictures in Westminster Abbey?
A: Photography is strictly prohibited inside the church.