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History & heritage tours

London in a day: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & changing of the guard

Availability: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Duration: 8 hours
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
INSTANT CONFIRMATION
Do this because
  • Includes more entrance tickets than any other London in a day tour (with Westminster Abbey & Tower of London)
  • Beat the crowds with the first entrance at Westminster Abbey
  • Watch two changing of the guards from the best vantage points
What to expect

Your day will begin by beating the crowds as you visit Westminster Abbey and look at the church's tumultuous history with your very own guide. Then, you’ll avoid the large crowds gathered in front of Buckingham Palace to watch the Changing of the Guard and head to Wellington Barracks instead. This is where most of the ceremony actually takes place including the band’s performance and the highly-formal uniform checks. On the other side of the St. James’s Park, you’ll step into the Horse Guards Parade to witness a much less famous but perhaps even more impressive ceremony: The changing of the Queen’s Life Guard. As you watch the guards go through the ceremony, your guide will explain the significance of everything from the armor they wear to the colors on their uniforms.

Your next stop is Trafalgar Square, the geographic center of London and one of the city’s most iconic public spaces where your guide will tell you about the naval history and after lunch, you'll head to the Thames for a scenic river cruise that will take you past a number of London landmarks.

Your last stop of the day will be the Tower of London. With pre-reserved tickets at the quietest time of day, you won’t have to battle crowds to enjoy this iconic landmark and you'll even have some time at the end to see the Crown Jewels on your own.

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What's included
  • Entrance to Westminster Abbey
  • Entrance to Tower of London
  • Changing of the Guard
  • Horseguards Parade
  • River cruise along the Thames
  • Headsets
What's not included
  • Food and beverages
  • Hotel pick-up or drop-off
  • Gratuities to guides (appreciated but never obligatory)
Reduced price
  • Infant (up to 3 years old): Free
  • Children (4-12 years old): Reduced
Where

Parliament Square, Westminster, London SW1P 3JX

Meeting point:

Please meet your guide at the Winston Churchill statue in Parliament Square.

What to remember
  • Please be advised that there is no Changing of the Guard on Saturdays
  • On days that 'Changing of the Guard' does not take place, guests will see Horse Guards Parade
  • Unfortunately, this tour doesn't accommodate guests with mobility impairments (wheelchairs or strollers)
  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory
  • Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time
  • If you wish to cancel your booking, please email info@takewalks.com at least 72-hours before your chosen tour time
  • Photographs not permitted inside Westminster Abbey
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Please note that, for security reasons, bag searches will take place at Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge and at the Tower of London
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When
  • This tour runs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • It departs at 9.00am and lasts for 8 hours
  • The meeting time is at 8.45am
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Provider
Walks LLC - London
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to 3 days before the activity begins.

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