We start our Westminster Abbey tour just outside so we can take its architecture in before heading inside. This famous church is recognisable from various famous royal weddings, funerals and coronations. It’s hard to ignore the history here!
We’ll enter through the cloisters, a great opportunity to appreciate both the age and the scale of this magnificent building. Look around as we walk into the church, you will see many names, some of these you will recognise immediately, others you may remember once your guide links them with stories.
Next, let’s have a look at one of the oldest pieces of furniture in the United Kingdom. Last used in 1953, the chair patiently waits for the next coronation. As we pause to admire the coronation chair, listen as your guide paints a picture of the coronation ceremony, imagine the spectacle each time a new monarch is crowned in this very spot.
From there, our Westminster Abbey guided tour makes its way around the church where we’ll find the sites of many Royal burials around the High Altar. Two sisters, stepsisters, both Queens but very different personalities. In life, they weren’t very fond of each other, yet in death, they are buried here in the same tomb. Ladies Chapel shows you the highest level of a gothic style you’ll see on a private walking tour in London – with its beautiful fan-vaulted ceiling. Now it is time to check out Poets corner and find your favourite writer or a poet. Westminster Abbey has so much to offer and we will spend about 2 hours before we move on.
As we leave the Abbey, we arrive immediately into Parliament square, this a great opportunity to take a picture in front of houses of Parliament. How many statues of famous statesman can you recognise? Your Guide will be happy to explain who some of them were and their significance in British history.
This being London, there is always time for traditional pageantry. The horse guards are just around the corner. Here we see the Guards, proudly sitting on their horses keeping this royal area safe. They are inspected every day, rain or shine. Time for another quick picture? Watch out though the horses can bite!
Leaving the famous buildings behind for a moment let’s wander through St James Park. Home to not only a lovely display of plants and flowers but also many birds. Any ornithologist would be in heaven here, black swans, white swans, pelicans, geese and many more species call St James Park their home. If you have children in your group then let’s take a few minutes to stop and feed the birds and the ever-hungry squirrels!
Our next stop needs little introduction, Buckingham Palace, a grand building and royal residence. If we get close to the gate you will see the guards, looking after her majesty. Your guide will help you figure out if Her Majesty is at home today, perhaps you’d like a photo next to one of the most famous sights in the world?
We finish our tour on Trafalgar square, the very city centre of London. From here you are ideally placed to visit Leicester square and Covent Garden. Your guide Will be happy to help with any directions and suggestions for the rest of your stay.
If you want to visit Westminster Abbey, but would like your tour to continue onto other great London landmarks then our London City Tour is for you!
Westminster Abbey shop, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3JS. By prior arrangement, your guide can meet you at your central London hotel.
Your tour guide will meet you at the Westminster Abbey shop, they will be holding a sign with the lead customers name.