The history of Royal Westminster begins in the 10th Century when a small group of Benedictine Monks founded a monastery on this site. The Abbey as we see it today was rebuilt in the 13th and 14th centuries and is the Royal Church where Kings and Queens of England have been crowned, married and buried. The most recent royal wedding being in April 2011 when Prince William and Kate Middleton were married.
Touring with your private guide you will be given historical access to all the secrets of Westminster Abbey. Visit the memorials and graves at Poet’s Corner, Scientist’s Corner and hear about the lives of some of the British forefathers who have shaped the history of this great nation. The architecture of this spectacular gothic church is breathtaking, built to impress and boasting a unique chapel in the perpendicular gothic style.
You will be shown Westminster Abbey in detail, exploring the link between Church and State, as well as the area around the Abbey which is equally intriguing. A half-day Westminster Abbey tour lasts for approximately four hours.
This fabulous Westminster Abbey tour can also be combined with the historic Changing of the Guard Ceremony at Buckingham Palace. An absolute “must see” of London! Your private guide will show you the best place to view the ceremony and give you an insight into the traditions, the pomp and the ceremony behind this historic event. Elite soldiers from chosen regiments have guarded the Kings and Queens of England since the early reign of Henry VIII. In fact, it was Henry who formed the Royal Body Guard and this cherished duty has remained for over 520 years.
Please enquire for half and full day tour pricing.