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British Museum Highlights Tour

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  • 2.5 Hours
  • Private tour for groups up to 10
  • Guaranteed to avoid long lines
  • Perfect for children
  • Fun quiz available

Join us for this tour of 2.5 hours in the spectacular British Museum, London. This vast collection is home to over 8 million objects, it’s the perfect setting for a tour through the intriguing history of many ancient civilizations. We will start your British Museum private tour by treating you to a spectacular view of the Great Court. This is a perfect opportunity to take some pictures of the impressive main entrance hall before we explore many hidden gems.

Beginning in Ancient Egypt

The Egyptians were prolific builders and for many years the hieroglyphics decorating their structures puzzled scholars. It was understood that the symbols were more than art, your private guide will show you the famous Rosetta Stone and explain how the symbols were translated, cracking the code of hieroglyphics.

Visit Assyria

From Ancient Egypt, it’s just a short distance to Assyria, another vast empire. Here we can marvel at the winged bulls of Khorsabad and explore the history of the Assyrian lion hunt through art, in the beautiful stone reliefs.

Explore the history of Ancient Greece

Next, we make our way to one of humanity’s greatest civilisations the Ancient Greeks.

Are the Acropolis and the Parthenon one and the same?

Your expert tour guide is on hand to share fascinating stories about Greek Gods and the history of the magnificent Parthenon Marbles (Elgin Marbles) and how they found their way to London.

Before finishing our guided tour of the ground floor we have time to visit the colossal bust of Ramesses II. The famous pharaoh erected many statues during his lifetime and was honoured with many more after his death. This example in the British Museum depicts a young Ramesses and still carries the damage inflicted when Napoleon’s troops tried to remove it from Egypt in 1798, before its eventual arrival in London.

Discover the fascinating history surrounding mummification

The British Museum has an amazing collection of Egyptian Mummies and they are waiting for us, as our guided tour continues upstairs. Here’s your chance to compare two different styles of mummification, then discover a mummified Ibis, baboon, or a young woman.

Even in the present day, the mummies are an exhibit that attracts special interests from other museums around the world with their specialised research facilities. This does mean that the display changes from time to time, but your expert guide will ensure you see the highlights of Egyptian galleries.

Exploring the Museum’s Ancient Britain Galleries

Your guided tour of the British Museum doesn’t just highlight overseas culture, Britain also has much to offer. In the next collection, your tour guide will explain what the Romans did for us. Brilliant builders, amazing engineers, and wonderful artists, the Roman Galleries show us their influence on London and the British Isles.

Hear the amazing story of the Sutton Hoo treasure and learn how it was discovered, almost by chance, in recent history. The British Museum also displays a collection of Lewis chessmen, these pieces are a fantastic example of Scandinavian art from the 12th Century, which were discovered on the island of Lewis off the Scottish mainland.

Learn More on a British Museum Private Tour

Cross the world again to appreciate the Easter Island heads in a modern setting. In a museum, it’s easy to look at the sculpture and appreciate them as a form of art, but your guide can explain more about the culture and what these statues mean to the Rapa Nui people.

Finishing in the Enlightenment gallery

Let’s finish with a look into the enlightenment gallery for a glimpse of how the museum once appeared. These galleries are in the oldest room of the museum, it was actually King George III’s library which was gifted to the people after his death. Trustees of the British Museum have kept the objects collected from around the world during the enlightenment period (1680-1820) where society gradually moved from superstition and religion to relying on observation and science to draw conclusions. We conclude our tours journey through time here, which is fitting as the enlightenment lay the foundation for much of what we take for granted in modern society today.

We hope that has whet your appetite, but if you simply can’t wait for your tour, then take a look at our perfect guide to the British Museum Highlights. It will keep you going until we can provide a great tour guide to bring your experience to life here in London!

Note that some of the museum’s artefacts and objects on display are sometimes removed, so your expert guide may adapt the tour to make the most of the current displays.

Other Tours

You may also be interested in history in the form of artistic works from the likes of Van Gogh, Monet, and more? Then have a look at our excellent tour of the National Gallery Highlights.

Too many tours to choose from? Feel free to contact us for help with building your ideal itinerary in London.

British Museum Highlights Tour

  • Rosetta Stone
  • Elgin Marbles
  • Sutton Hoo Treasure
  • Egyptian Mummies
  • Lewis Chessmen


Your group price is £343

Departure Point

British Museum, 51 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. By prior arrangement, your guide can meet you at your central London hotel.

Departure Time

Daily 10:00am, 2:00pm


Your Guide will meet you at the main gate of the Museum, next to the red telephone booth opposite the Museum Tavern. Your Guide will be holding a sign showing the lead customer’s name.

Why should you book a tour with our Blue Badge Guides?

  • All of our Guides are Blue Badge holders, this is Britain’s highest professional tourist-guiding qualification, they are the only external guides able to show you around the most famous attractions.
  • Blue Badge guides are carefully selected for an intensive 2 year course culminating in an extensive series of exams in all aspects of History, Art, Architecture, Contemporary Britain and much more
  • Your time on holiday is precious, let our expert team make it memorable for all the right reasons
  • We pride ourselves on being able to tailor tours to your interest, our guides strive to bring your tour to life, making it enjoyable for all ages

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4. May, 2023.
Great experience Maria was wonderful - incredibly knowledgeable and engaging. She gave background about the origins of the tower all the way to present day. Highly recommend!
8. April, 2023.
Wonderful Wonderful experience with knowledgeable and thoughtful guide. Catered to our group’s interests and needs.
Jim Vajda
Jim Vajda
31. March, 2023.
The highlight of our UK trip This was an unforgettable experience for the whole family, including our 8 year old daughter. Our tour guide Lucy was excellent, and it really helped to have an expert explain each of the areas we explored. There is so much we would have missed without her. She really brought the place to life with her storytelling and expertise. Did I mention how well the kids liked her too! If you are going to splurge on one thing in London, this is it.
Imad B
Imad B
6. February, 2023.
Felice Sono felice di tutto ben organizzato e molto semplice da usare vi ringrazio per il servizio alla prossima a
Paul T
Paul T
31. January, 2023.
Amazing day The information that Lucy had brilliant and interesting,the best tour yet Paul Taylor I could go on and on the facts are Lucy is the best is that ok
11. November, 2022.
Walking your with Fantastic Phil The experience was great. Phil is an outstanding guide. Would highly recommend.Saw details you would never see otherwise.
20. October, 2022.
Highly recommend. Great for both adults and children Fantastic tour with Denisa. We had 3 adults and our 7 year old grandson, and she did a great job of engaging and educating all of us. She customized the tour for our interests/ages, and we visited the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast.We couldn't have been more happy with our experience
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Travel O
25. September, 2022.
DO IT Wow wow wow. This was a great tour. Everything was perfect. I don't often take tours - usually want to explore on my own. This was a short trip and we wanted to pack as much in as possible so we decided to book a tour. I've now become a fan of tours. Marina waited for us at the meeting point ahead of schedule. She was pleasant and extremely knowledgeable, even in answering our questions that were not directly related to the tour. She was prepared and kept us all engaged - adults and teens. It was clear she was prepared to engage any age. I was worried that I'd feel "trapped" in a long tour but it was the exact opposite - the day went by so easily and comfortably and I can't believe how much we saw and learned. I could not recommend the tour any more strongly.
Laura T
Laura T
25. August, 2022.
Terrific Tower of London tour My family loved this private tour! We learned so much from our guide and loved being her sole focus. My girls could ask lots of questions and feel comfortable doing so!
17. August, 2022.
Best Way to Tour the Tower Where to begin? These ladies run a top-notch operation. Their service levels are unparalled. Their knowledge base is incredible, which is only matched by their excellent communication before the tour, and follow up after with little tidbits of information. Book with them, and you will not be disappointed.