Westminster Abbey and the Changing of the Guard walking tour
Walking tours

Westminster Abbey and the Changing of the Guard walking tour

Availability: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
Duration: up to 2 hours 30 minutes
Language: English , Italian , French , Spanish , German , Portuguese
Mobile voucher accepted
Do this because
  • Visit Westminster Abbey, one of the world’s great churches
  • See the Changing of the Guards – a British tradition
  • End your tour at the famous Buckingham Palace
What to expect

Enjoy a walking tour that combines two essentials of London, the famous Westminster Abbey and the typically British tradition of the Changing of the Guard.

First, you will visit Westminster Abbey, one of the world’s great churches, that has been the site of royal coronations for 1000 years. It has welcomed Kings, Queens and statesmen, royal weddings (most recently Prince William and Kate Middleton) and state funerals. You’ll see the Coronation Chair, commissioned in 1296 by Edward the Confessor, as well as his shrine. It is also the burial place of 17 British monarchs, the Unknown Soldier and many of Britain’s greatest poets who lie in Poet’s Corner.

After your visit to the Abbey, your guide will lead you to the Changing of the Guards. This world-famous ceremony takes place either at Buckingham Palace or at Horse Guards Parade, depending on the day. Your guide will make sure you are in a prime position to enjoy the best views at this crowded event. Enjoy commentary regarding the history and pageantry behind the ceremony – see the Queen’s Foot Guards, with their red tunics and unmistakable bearskin hats, march to Buckingham Palace together with the military band or the Household Cavalry, complete with plumed silver helmets, ride in on their magnificent horses.

End your tour at Buckingham Palace, the residence of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. Here you will see the famous balcony where the royal family appears during major events, and hear stories of intruders and princes scaling the walls to get both inside and out!

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What's included
  • Entrance ticket with skip-the-line access to Westminster Abbey
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 25 people or fewer
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food and beverages
Where

Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London SW1P 3PA, UK

Meeting point:

Meet your guide at least 15 minutes before the departure of the tour at Westminster Abbey. Look for the tall marble and stone column opposite the west entrance of Westminster Abbey, at the top is a figure of St George slaying a dragon. Your guide will be waiting at this column.

What to remember
  • Please note that Westminster Abbey is subject to last-minute, unforeseen closures
  • Extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security; as a result, you may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues
  • Westminster Abbey does not permit large or bulky items of luggage and there are no cloakroom facilities; to avoid disruptions or denied entry, it is strongly suggested that you avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour
  • Entrance into Westminster Abbey requires a modest dress code: knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women
  • The provider cannot be held responsible for refused entry due to improper dress
  • Changing of the Guard will not operate in heavy rain and will be replaced with an extended walking tour
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When
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 9:15am
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Provider
City Wonders
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to 1 day before the activity begins.

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