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Westminster Abbey and Changing of the Guard, London

  • When does it run?
    14 March to 9 November: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • Start time
    9am
  • Duration
    2.5 hours
Inclusions
  • Tour of Westminster Abbey
  • Changing of the Guards
  • Guide
COVID-19 Safety guidelines
Guests
  • Adult (17+)
  • Child (6-16)
  • Infant (0-5)

Key Highlights

  • Explore Westminster Abbey, the church that bears great significance in British history
  • Watch the colourful ceremony of the Changing of the Guards at the Buckingham Palace
  • A knowledgeable guide to enlighten you and to ensure good seats for the Changing of the Guard
  • A combo deal that promises two popular royal experiences in London

Overview

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience two of London’s most-popular royal experiences- a visit to Westminster Abbey and watching the Changing of the Guards at the Buckingham Palace. Visit Westminster Abbey, a church of great significance in British history and the venue for coronations, royal weddings and state funerals for the last 1000 years! Prince William and Kate Middleton were wedded in the Westminster Abbey, every monarch since William the Conqueror in 1066 has been crowned in this historic site, the most recent being Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

After a guided tour of Westminster Abbey, witness the colourful ceremony of the Changing of the Guard. Enjoy best views of the event from well-located seats, listen to commentary regarding the history and pageantry behind the ceremony, see the Queen’s Foot Guards, with their red tunics and bearskin hats, march to Buckingham Palace together with the military band or the Household Cavalry, complete with plumed silver helmets, riding magnificent horses. Enjoy a quintessentially British royal experience on your London tour!

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    14 March to 9 November: Monday, Wednesday and Friday

  • Duration

    2.5 hours

  • Start time

    9am

  • Meeting Point

    Westminster Abbey, 20 Deans Yd, London SW1P 3PA, United Kingdom
    The Westminster Tube station is the nearest tube station

  • Ending Point

    Outside Buckingham Palace

Itinerary

  • Westminster Abbey:

    Make your own way to Westminster Abbey at the scheduled time. Westminster Abbey, formally titled the Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster, continues to play a significant role in British history. Westminster Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066 and is the final resting place of 17 monarchs. Westminster Abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a famous gothic structure and a major London attraction. You will also see the Coronation Chair, commissioned in 1296 by Edward the Confessor, as well as his shrine at the church.

    Changing of the Guards:

    After a tour of Westminster Abbey, you will be escorted to Horse Guards Parade to see the Changing of the Guards. Enjoy commentary on the history and pageantry behind the ceremony, see the colourful event from well-placed seats and see the Queen’s Foot Guards march to Buckingham Palace together with the military band or the Household Cavalry. The tour ends outside the Buckingham Palace.

Inclusions & Exclusions

  • Tour of Westminster Abbey
  • Changing of the Guards
  • Guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food

Please note

Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all departure details.

Westminster Abbey is subject to last minute, unforeseen closures.

Changing of the Guard will not operate in heavy rain and will be replaced with an extended walking tour.

Voucher Information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

Additional info

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.