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London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

1. London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

Big Bus Route Highlights: Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the GuardHouses of ParliamentBig BenWestminster Abbey10 Downing StreetWhitehallPiccadilly CircusOxford StreetRegent StreetLondon EyeLondon DungeonSea Life London AquariumMadame TussaudsCovent GardenBank of EnglandMonumentSt Pauls CathedralTower of LondonTower BridgeThe ShardCity HallLambeth PalaceBritish MuseumMarble ArchMayfairGreen ParkHyde Park CornerHarrodsSouth Kensington MuseumsKensington PalaceNotting Hill This Big Bus Tour on open-top, double decker bus gives you unlimited hop-on, hop-off use on all routes for either 24-, 48- or 72- hours, taking you to London’s most impressive sights and key attractions. There are 3 ticket types available: Classic Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 1 day (24 hours from time of redemption) Single river cruise between Westminster and Tower of London – either direction Premium Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 2 days (48 hours from time of redemption) Return river cruise between Westminster and Greenwich, via Tower of London Panoramic evening tour Premium Plus Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 3 days (72 hours from time of redemption) Return river cruise between Westminster and Greenwich, via Tower of London Panoramic evening tour Discover London via two specially-designed routes covering 37 stops: Best of Central London (Red Route) Experience informative and engaging recorded commentary, available in 5 different languages. The Red route takes in the best of historic London including Big Ben, the London Eye and St Paul’s Cathedral. Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes. Frequency: approx. every 20 minutes. Best of the West (Blue Route) The Blue Route offers recorded commentary in 5 different languages - English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. The Blue Route covers all the main historical sights of the West of London including stops at Harrods, London's best museums, Kensington Palace, and Marble Arch. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes. Frequency: approx. every 30 minutes. River Cruise A Classic ticket includes a single river cruise from Westminster to the Tower of London (in either direction) whilst the Premium and Premium Plus tickets include a return river cruise between Westminster and Greenwich with the option to break the journey at the Tower of London. The river cruise includes live commentary in 8 languages. You'll see top London attractions lining the Thames including Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, Shakespeare's Globe and the Tate Modern. Departure times for the river cruise are approximately every 45 minutes. Panoramic Evening Tour The panoramic evening tour is included in the Premium & Premium Plus ticket types. Discover the magic of London as the city becomes illuminated in the evening. Hop on for a one-round panoramic tour past London's top landmarks as the sun begins to set. The tour departs daily at 18:00 from bus stop 12 at The London Eye. It lasts for 90 minutes.

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London: Westminster Abbey Entrance Ticket

2. London: Westminster Abbey Entrance Ticket

Discover historic Westminster Abbey at your own pace. Immerse yourself in this place for worship, celebration, and ceremony, where many of Britain's most significant moments in history have happened. See the Coronation Chair, the oldest piece of furniture in the country that is still used for its original purpose. Since 1066, the Abbey has played host to the coronation of every British monarch including Queen Victoria and Elizabeth II. Learn how the Abbey is the resting place for many great monarchs, poets, musicians, scientists, and politicians. Explore Poets' Corner, so-called due to the many poets and writers buried here.

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London: Christmas Lights by Night Open-Top Bus Tour

3. London: Christmas Lights by Night Open-Top Bus Tour

Make it a memorable Christmas with a festive tour of London’s top attractions. Atop an open double-decker bus, you’ll have the best seats in the house for savoring panoramic views of the glowing streets. Watch the city light up when the sun goes down, and see how London does Christmas. Set off from the illuminated London Eye, and onto the iconic Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. Marvel at the exquisite displays in Buckingham Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral. See one of the tallest Christmas trees in the city at Trafalgar Square. Hear about the fascinating history of the Tower of London as you cross the magical Tower Bridge. Cruise through the winding streets of London and feel dazzled by the merry décor. Take your pick between a live or audio guide to learn some jolly facts about each location.

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The London Pass with Access to over 80 Attractions

4. The London Pass with Access to over 80 Attractions

See all that London has to offer while saving both time and money with the London Pass. With its wealth of history and culture, London always has plenty to offer visitors, though it is not always the easiest or cheapest of experiences. The London Pass is a complete sightseer credits package allowing you access to more than 80 top attractions, tours, and museums.  Access a huge range of the top landmarks and attractions including the Tower of London, London Zoo, Windsor Castle, and many more.  Take a ride on a 1-Day Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus tour with over 60 stops across London including Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, and Piccadilly Circus. The pass is valid for a full working day across 3 routes. You'll also get access to special London Pass holder perks including discounts at gift shops at select attractions.  The London Pass allows access to over 80 attractions including: POPULAR ATTRACTIONS• The View from the Shard• Tower of London• 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour• Thames River Boat (Uber Boat by Thames Clippers - 1-day Hop-on Hop-off) • Windsor Castle• Westminster Abbey• London Bridge Experience and London Tombs• Tower Bridge Exhibition• ZSL London Zoo• Kensington Palace PLACES OF INTEREST• Shakespeare's Globe Theatre• Royal Albert Hall• Royal Observatory Greenwich• Old Royal Naval College• Cutty Sark• Kew Gardens• Hampton Court Palace• Apsley House• Beefeater Gin Distillery Tour• Benjamin Franklin House• Eltham Palace• Jewel Tower• The Monument to The Great Fire of London• Golden Hinde• Southwark Cathedral• Wellington Arch• Chelsea Physic Garden• London Wetland Centre MUSEUMS & GALLERIES• London Transport Museum• Foundling Museum• Household Cavalry Museum• Charles Dickens Museum• Guards Museum• Cartoon Museum• Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art• Wernher Collection at Ranger's House• Fan Museum• London Canal Museum• London Museum of Water and Steam• Garden Museum• Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Advertising• Museum of London Docklands (with guidebook)• Queen's Gallery• Pollocks Toy Museum• The British Museum (with Vox Audio guide)• The Postal Museum TOURS & EXPERIENCES• ArcelorMittal Orbit• Arsenal FC Stadium (Emirates Stadium)• Chelsea FC Stadium Tour• Curzon Bloomsbury• Curzon Mayfair Cinema• Curzon Soho Cinema• 30+ London Sights Tour - Top Sights Tours• Palaces and Parliament Tour - Top Sights Tours• Jason's Original Canal Boat Trip• Kia Oval Ground Tour• London Bicycle Tour• London Bicycle Hire• Brit Movie Tours• QUEENS Skate, Dine & Bowl• Twickenham Stadium Tour & Rugby Museum• Wembley Stadium Tours

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London: Westminster Walking Tour & The Tower of London Entry

5. London: Westminster Walking Tour & The Tower of London Entry

Start with a walking tour of the Westminster area, where your tour guide will escort you to 20 different historical and cultural sights. Head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, admiring the well-manicured trees and flowers along the way. At the palace, watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard Ceremony. Afterward, see 17 other iconic London sights such as Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. Then, step into the Tower of London, where there is an abundance of history, stories, and ghosts to be found. Marvel at the Crown Jewels and other fascinating historical artifacts including the suits of armor worn by the Kings of England. See the cells where prisoners were once kept. Journey back in time and take an exciting trip into England's past.

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Westminster Abbey Tour with Optional Houses of Parliament

6. Westminster Abbey Tour with Optional Houses of Parliament

Meet your guide at the entrance to Westminster Abbey at 09:15 AM, and then look inside the historic monument to stand in the footsteps of kings and queens. Since the coronation of William the Conqueror in 1066, all coronations of English and British monarchs have been held in the abbey, as have many royal weddings, including that of Prince William to Kate Middleton in 2011. Then, take a panoramic tour around the Houses of Parliament and pass the Elizabeth Tower where the famous Big Ben bell chimes every quarter hour. Learn about the role of MPs who sit in the House of Commons and the function of the House of Lords. Hear how, and why, the Elizabeth Tower and its great clock and iconic bell were built. For a more complete experience, select the option that includes the ticket to the Parliament and get an audio guided tour inside the building.  Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, the Palace of Westminster (the official name of the Houses of Parliament) boasts an ostentatious façade with golden spires and statues of kings that reflect in the River Thames. Listen as your guide explains the history of the building, from the first medieval clock tower built in the old Palace of Westminster, to the design and construction of the present Elizabeth Tower.  

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London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

7. London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

Find the prime vantage points that most people miss and see this time-honored tradition from outside Buckingham Palace. Follow your guide on a dynamic journey that will take you through each stage of the entire Changing of the Guard ceremony from beginning to end. Navigate the crowds easily and quickly. Let your guide take you to the best spots with unobstructed views for taking photos of the palace, gardens, and parade grounds. Marvel at the precision with which the Queen’s Foot Guards march to Buckingham Palace, clad in their iconic red tunics and bearskin hats. Admire the gleaming coats of the Household Cavalry’s horses as they emerge at Horse Guard’s Parade. As you watch, hear about the history of this fascinating ceremony and gain invaluable insight into every detail of this British spectacle.

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London: Westminster Tour, Climb The O2 Arena, and Cable Car

8. London: Westminster Tour, Climb The O2 Arena, and Cable Car

From the meeting point, start the 3-hour walking tour by heading through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, admiring the well-manicured trees and flowers along the way. At the palace, watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard Ceremony.   Afterward, see other iconic London sights such as Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the London Eye, Parliament Square, and the Houses of Parliament.   Next, head to the O2 Arena and get ready for a guided climb across the arena roof for scenic views of London's landmarks. Lastly, take the cable car for an easy ride across the River Thames, allowing for further amazing views of the London skyline from up high.

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London: Go City Explorer Pass

9. London: Go City Explorer Pass

Save time and money with a London Explorer Pass, your digital sightseeing credits package, and create your own itinerary in the city. Redeem your Explorer credits against 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 attraction visits from a selection of over 65 monuments, tours, cruises, dining experiences, and more. Save up to 30% on regular door prices. Each attraction visit equals 1 credit used. It’s that simple. Choose from a host of participating venues, including the Tower of London, the Shard, and St. Paul's Cathedral. Get a handy digital guide with instructions to plan your itinerary. There’s no need to decide what attractions you want to see in advance, as you’ll have 60 days to use your attraction credits starting with your first choice. Choose any 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 attractions from the following list: POPULAR ATTRACTIONS• 1-day Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus tour• Tower of London• The View from the Shard• Kensington Palace• Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition & Theatre Tour• St Paul’s Cathedral• Thames River Cruise (City Cruises Thames River Pass)• Tower Bridge Exhibition• Westminster Abbey• The London Bridge Experience• ZSL London Zoo TOURS & ACTIVITIES• ArcelorMittal Orbit• Arsenal Stadium Tour• Beefeater Gin Distillery• Benjamin Franklin House• Brit Movie Tours• Chelsea FC Stadium Tour & Museum• Curzon Cinema Bloomsbury (Renoir)• Curzon Cinema Mayfair• Curzon Cinema Soho• Kia Oval Ground Tour• London Bicycle Tour• Twickenham Stadium Tour & World Rugby Museum MUSEUMS & PLACES OF INTEREST• Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew • Royal Observatory Greenwich • London Transport Museum • Cutty Sark• Florence Nightingale Museum• Freud Museum London• Hampton Court Palace• Household Cavalry Museum• London Bicycle Tour - Hire• Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising• Museum of London Docklands• National Maritime Museum Greenwich• Old Royal Naval College• Pollock's Toy Museum• Royal Albert Hall• The Garden Museum• The Guards Museum• The Monument to The Great Fire of London• The Postal Museum• Wembley Stadium Tour• Apsley House• Eltham Palace• Jewel Tower• Wellington Arch

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London: Crown Jewels Tour with River Cruise

10. London: Crown Jewels Tour with River Cruise

Discover 2 of London's most iconic sites with tours of St. Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London. Step back in time as your guide leads you through centuries of history; from the Tudor period to the Great Fire of London, right up until the present day. Crowned by the magnificent dome iconic of the London skyline, Sir Christopher Wren rebuilt St. Paul's Cathedral in the English Baroque style after the Great Fire of London. Since then it has served as the location of many grand royal events, including the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. The Tower of London was founded in 1078 by William the Conqueror after seizing the English crown, and was seen as a symbol of repression for some time. Since then it has been a Royal Palace, armory, prison, and execution site. The traditionally-attired Beefeaters who guard the Tower will regale you with insightful tales of its past before the tour progresses to the Crown Jewels. Here you'll see the incredible Imperial State Crown, the enormous Cullinan diamonds, and the extraordinary Koh-i-Noor. You have the choice to take the River Cruise and end your tour at Westminster Pier, or take the cruise on another day and go with your guide back to the Tower of London. River Cruise Tickets are one-way from Tower Pier to Westminster Pier (or vice versa).

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Planning Your Visit

  • Photography not allowed

    Photography is not permitted in the church area, only in the cloisters. There will be clear guidance as to where these areas are - if in doubt, ask someone who works there.

  • Memorials

    Even if they are not physically buried at the Abbey, there are many memorial stones to famous influencers - among them the Bronte sisters, Martin Luther King, Jr., and William Shakespeare.

  • Dress code

    As it is a church, visitors are asked to take care in how they dress when visiting Westminster Abbey - no hats and knees and shoulders covered.

  • Luggage

    Large luggage items can't be brought inside the building - it is recommended that you check them into the secure storage facilities at one of London's major rail stations.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Visiting hours vary by day, so make sure you check online to plan ahead.
  • Is it expensive?
    Adult tickets are £20 with family package and concessions options available. Audio-guides are included in the price.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It's a great way to see some of London, and the Abbey! A guide will be able to lead you directly to the most famous grave sites.
  • How to get there
    Take the tube to St. James's Park or Westminster, or check the bus schedule for numerous options.
  • Additional information

    • Sensible footwear is advised! Much of the flooring is uneven.

    • A disabled-access tour plan can be found online at the DisabledGo website.

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What people are saying about Westminster Abbey

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 3,270 reviews

This was a great tour, full of information, great spots, nice pace with snack and toilet stop. Our guide kept us so entertained that 3 hours went so fast that I didn’t realized we got to the end of our tour I really recommend it

It was amazing. I enjoyed London views with delicious snacks and tea with my friend. It's few days before Christmas so the scenery was ideal. It was a really really enjoyable! I hope I'll do it again.

A great, safe way to explore London and learn loads of different/fun facts. Wrap up warm if it’s winter - although there’s plenty of cycling, it gets quite cold with all the stops.

Our guide Deborah was amazing... really enjoyed the visit to St. Paul's Cathedral the most...

everything I wanted to do, at a ridiculously cheap price