Discover the history and secrets of Westminster Abbey on your privately guided tour. Avoid the queues as your guide takes you through a special entrance.
This 1000 year old church is an architectural treasure and national mausoleum. Here you will find the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior and the shrine of St Edward the Confessor. The great and the good are celebrated here, including the graves of scientists Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin and writers Geoffrey Chaucer and Charles Dickens in Poet’s Corner. Westminster Abbey is also a royal church, with 17 kings and queens buried in this magnificent building, including Gloriana herself – Queen Elizabeth I and her half-sister “Bloody” Mary, as well as their cousin Mary, Queen of Scots.
Your private tour guide will show you the seven hundred year old coronation chair where you can experience the theatrical setting used for royal coronations up to the most recent in 1953. Hear stories of royal weddings, including the future queen Elizabeth II and Philip in 1947 and their grandson William and Kate in 2011, and of royal funerals including Diana, Princess of Wales. Marvel at the heraldry and pageantry of the knights of the Order of the Bath, whose chapel is in the former Tudor dynastic mausoleum.
Your private Blue Badge tour guide will escort you through the splendour, intricacy and virtuosity of the greatest work of medieval art in Britain.
A private tour of Westminster Abbey can be combined with a walk to see the Changing of the (Foot) Guard or Horse Guard (when available) and Buckingham Palace.
Please note there is an entrance fee ticket for Westminster Abbey. Blue Badge Guides are the ONLY external guides permitted to conduct tours at Westminster Abbey.