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Westminster Abbey with Houses of Parliament express tour
Availability: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Duration: 3 hours
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
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  • Cover two of London’s most iconic, history-steeped monuments: Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament
  • Have an expert guide get you up to speed on the rich history of 800-year-old Westminster Abbey, where many eminent Britons, from royals to writers to famous physicists, are buried
  • Our expertly organized logistics ensure you see both sights in just three hours, without ever feeling rushed
What to expect

This two-part morning tour gives participants a crash course in British royal and democratic history by visiting two of the most important institutions in town. First off, an expert guide will show you around Westminster Abbey, the monumental monarch-owned church where British royals are both crowned and laid to rest. Next, they will lead you to the entrance to the equally impressive Houses of Parliament, where you can explore the hallowed halls with the official audio guide. If you want to get to grips with the customs, ceremonies and conventions (not to mention the astonishing historic architecture) of Britain, then there is no better way to do so.

The tour gets underway with a visit to Westminster Abbey, which ranks among the world’s greatest churches. For 1,000 years now, the abbey has been the site of royal coronations, with every British monarch since William the Conqueror in 1066 having been crowned here, including, most recently, Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. And the 700-year-old Royal Peculiar – a designation that acknowledges the abbey’s special role as a monarch-owned church – has not only played host to coronations, but also to royal weddings (most recently Prince William and Kate Middleton) and funerals (including Princess Diana’s). Also of note are the roster of noteworthy figures interred here, among them 17 British monarchs, an unknown soldier who perished in France during World War I and some of the country’s most esteemed wordsmiths, who are grouped together in the south transept in a section now known as Poets’ Corner.

After touring Westminster Abbey, your guide will accompany you to the nearby Houses of Parliament. Having been escorted right to the entrance, you will be provided with tickets to enter the revered establishment, where both houses of the British government convene. You’ll be given an audio tour guide and left to explore key parts of the building at your leisure, taking as much or as little time as you want to soak it all up. See the 11th-century Westminster Hall, the oldest still-standing section of the building; the Queen’s Robing Room, where the Queen dons her ceremonial robes and crown in preparation for the official State Opening of Parliament; the portrait and gilded statue-adorned Royal Gallery, the site of parliamentary ceremonies; and the lavish House of Lords, which, with its frescoes, solid brass gates and gilded throne, is perhaps the most dazzling room in the whole complex. For anyone who wants to see two key London landmarks and learn about the institutions that have helped shape modern-day Britain, this two-part tour is a must-do.

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What's included
  • Entrance ticket with skip the line access to Westminster Abbey and House of Parliament
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
What's not included
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Food/Beverages
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Where

Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London SW1P 3PA, UK

Meeting point:

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
  • We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours
  • Entrance into Westminster Abbey requires a modest dress code. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. City Wonders cannot be held responsible for refused entry due to improper dress
  • Photography is not permitted in Westminster Abbey.
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When

Meeting time: 9.00am or 11.15am

Departure time: 9.15am or 11.30am

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Provider
City Wonders
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