Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard 2.5-Hour Tour
Westminster Abbey is one of the world’s great churches, and for a thousand years has been the site of royal coronations. This stately 700-year-old structure is a must-see for any visitor to London and has continuously played a significant role in British history.
It has been the site of royal weddings (most recently of Prince William and Kate Middleton) and state funerals. You’ll feel like royalty as you enjoy a tour led by an expert local guide who will point out the most important features of this iconic monument.
Every British monarch since William the Conqueror has been crowned in Westminster Abbey, the most recent being Queen Elizabeth II. You will 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 (buried in French soil and covered by a slab of Belgian marble) and many of Britain’s greatest poets who lie in Poet’s Corner.
After your visit to the Abbey, you’ll head with your guide to see the Changing of the Guard. This world-famous ceremony takes place either at Buckingham Palace or at Horse Guards Parade, depending on the day.
The guide will ensure that you’re 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, in their red tunics and unmistakable bearskin hats, march to Buckingham Palace together with the military band or the Household Cavalry.
End your tour at Buckingham Palace, the residence of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh . See the famous balcony where the royal family appears during major events, and hear stories of intruders and princes scaling the walls both to get inside and out!
- Enjoy a tour of Westminster Abbey, the site of royal coronations and the resting place of monarchs
- Take a guided walk through Horse Guards Parade to Buckingham Palace
- See the Changing of the Guard, a typically British tradition of pomp and pageantry
Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard 2.5-Hour Tour Information
Category: Guided Tours, Small Group Tours, Walking Tours
Tags: Buckingham Palace, Changing of the Guard, History, Horse Guards, Queen, Royal, Westminster, Westminster Abbey