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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.

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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

Pricing

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

Directions

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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6. November, 2021.
This tour is a “must do” while in London Marina was an outstanding tour guide. Clear communication, great choice of spots to highlight, very good tempo to tour (not too slow or too fast). Loads of great information. Shared just enough history to delight me without making my wife’s eyes glaze over. Tower would be my “must do” for a London visit. And, Marina’s tour was superb.
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sknipfel
4. January, 2020.
Fantastic! Marina was superb. I took this tour with my husband and three sons (20,18.17). Loved that we had a small group and could ask questions. Note this tours doesn't include skip the line tickets. We ended up seeing the crown jewels at the end of the day to avoid the ridiculously long line.
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kimberlyk615G
3. January, 2020.
Best Tour of London Tower Denisa gave us an amazing tour of London Tower. She was knowledgeable and provided a wonderfully historical tour, holding the attention of a 14 and 15 year old. Denisa is top notch. Try and secure her when you book any tour! Loved hearing about the history of the ravens and, of course, the palace intrigue.
shannonsmoyer
shannonsmoyer
24. July, 2019.
Great Tour! Sarah was amazing and gave us a great introduction to York! We only had a few days to spend there and this was a wonderful way to make a list of the places we wanted to visit. Highly recommend!
E C
E C
7. July, 2019.
Private tour Our tour guide Marina was wonderful! She did a great job keeping our 13 year olds engaged the whole time. We all learned a lot and had a great afternoon!
C C
C C
31. March, 2019.
Wonderful Tour! Kids learned so much! I have never had a tour in a museum before, but wow. I will definitely do it again! Our guide explained the history and folklore behind the paintings. It was like a friend taking you to her favorite places. Our children age 9 and 11 were able to remember what paintings we saw and why they were important. 10/10 would definitely recommend!
gigibites
gigibites
31. March, 2019.
LOVE Denisa! We had a group with 6 kids and she was absolutely incredible! Very informative and extremely engaging with the children! We did a trip to Paris with a “children specialist” tour and she was just as good if not better!! It felt like we were hanging out with a local friend from the first minute we met her. We recommend her highly and we hope to book again with her in the future!
87joyk
87joyk
27. March, 2019.
Private walking tour of London and private tour of Tower of London Our family of four took two tours on two different days with Denisa. We took a walking tour of London as well as a tour of the Tower of London. We found her to be extremely friendly and knowledgeable. She had a wealth of information about everything that she showed us. She even knew smal details like the names of the ravens at the Tower! We would highly recommend any tour with Denisa!
M G
M G
8. August, 2016.
Wonderful walk around... We had a great day with Denisa - we are a family with two relatively small children and we saw a lot of this wonderful city (Westminster, St. Pauls, Tower etc.). Everything was well prepared and with all this specific knowledge it is much easier to get around - very quick and to the point. Denisa knows a lot of the background and she made it very targeted to the kids. She gave us a few great tips on restaurants and other things to see by ourselves. Very recommendable !
Romingscots
Romingscots
1. August, 2016.
Brilliant London Visit Living at the other end of the country we don't visit too often, or know London very well, but Denisa made lots of very useful and practical suggestions and made sure that we fitted in everything that we were looking for. Her knowledge of the City is excellent, whether it is of the tourist haunts, the historical areas or shopping and eating. She even helped direct us to a great area to stay when visiting the City, which was handy for everything we wanted to do. On top of all that the 2 hour tour we did with her showed us St Paul's and beyond, including the Tower, an area we hadn't really seen before. Lots of information and a good pace with a friendly and very flexible approach. We would not hesitate in recommending her for anyone else visiting London, whether they think they know where they would like to go, or have no idea and we will be booking Denisa again for future visits. First class.