Private Tour: Westminster Abbey And Banqueting House Walking Tour In London

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Details :
    Westminster Abbey (Stop R), Westminster, London SW1H 0GT, UK
  • Return Details :
    Banqueting House, Westminster, London SW1A 2NP, UK
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Delve into Londons royal history on this private 3.5-hour morning or afternoon tour. With your very own personal guide, tour Westminster Abbey, the Royal Church of England and the countrys coronation church since 1066. Admire the early Gothic architecture and learn about the royal events hosted there. Then, stroll up Whitehall, where the British Prime Minister is based, to Banqueting House, the only surviving part of the grand Palace of Whitehall. Wander around the banqueting hall, see the ceiling paintings by Sir Peter Paul Rubens and learn about the British royals.

Highlights

  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Led by an art historian
  • All entrance fees included

Know More about this tour

Choose from a morning or afternoon tour, and then meet your guide an art history specialist by Westminster abbey. Snap photos of Gothic crowd pleaser, perhaps the most beautiful early Gothic building in the country, and hear about the abbeys long, rich history.


As you step inside with your guide, discover how the abbey, a royal mausoleum for many centuries, has been used to crown all the King|s crosss and queens of England, except two, since William Is coronation in 1066.


Learn about the royal weddings hosted here, including the weddings of Queen Elizabeth II to Prince Philip and Prince William to Kate Middleton, and admire the many artworks and monuments dedicated to soldiers, artists, statesman and writers. Youll also see the College Garden. At some 1,000 years old, it is thought to be the oldest garden in England.


After touring Westminster abbey, walk with your guide to Banqueting house, the only remaining part of the Palace of Whitehall, a vast royal complex that was burnt down in 1698. Before heading inside, stand on the spot where Charles I was beheaded in 1649 after being convicted of high treason. Then enter the 17th-century building with your guide.


Learn about Charles I and his father, James I Stuart, for who the Banqueting house was built, as you wander from room to room. See the impressive banqueting hall, which would have been used for balls, masques and other royal ceremonies, and admire the elaborate ceiling frescoes that were painted by Sir Peter Paul Rubens.


When the time comes, bid farewell to your guide outside Banqueting house and continue your sightseeing independently or make your own way back to your hotel.


Please note: The Banqueting house is closed in the afternoon. Should you opt for an afternoon tour, you will instead enjoy an extended visit to Westminster abbey.

Inclusions

Private art historian guide

Entry/Admission - Westminster Abbey

Entry/Admission - Banqueting House

Entry/Admission - Whitehall

Exclusions

Gratuities

Food and drinks

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Please note that Westminster Abbey is closed on Sundays in which case the tour will be varied

Note, we always try to provide local contact details too - if we have this information - it will be available on the booking form

Please note: The Banqueting House is closed from December 21 to April 1. The tour will visit The National Gallery during this time

Traveler Reviews

  • 07-Sep-2016

    Abbey and Bangueting hall were very interesting. But the guide occasionally went off on unrelated tangents.

  • 28-Aug-2015

    The venue is outstanding and our guide, Wendy, was really good.

  • 07-Jul-2014

    Our guide Wendy did a really nice job. She was very informative, very pleasant, personable, gracious and she kept asking us if we wanted more information. It was especially nice to have it be a private tour for just our family. Westminster Abbey is beautiful and she did a nice job of giving us additional detail about the sites we saw between there and the National Art Museum, more than we had gotten our a driving tour covering some similar spots. She made sure we got to see all of the most famous artists and paintings in the galleries. I would recommend her and this tour to anyone.

  • 04-Jul-2014

    Very good. Worth it!

  • 17-Nov-2013

    Excellent experience. Really enjoyed the tour of Westminster Abbey and the National Gallery. Alison was an outstanding guide.

  • 31-Oct-2013

    Knowledgeable guide who did a good job. She was enjoyable to be with.

  • 13-Jun-2012

    Excellent tour. Both Westminster Abbey and the National Gallery are well worth visiting.

  • 12-Jun-2012

    Fabulous! Inspiring, informative and interesting! Lovely inclusive style

  • 17-Jul-2011

    It was Ok, nothing extraordinary.

  • 07-Jan-2008

    We had two experienced guides but the time for the three monuments is definitely too short.