Westminster Abbey is the seat of countless significant historical events in English history, from the Coronation of Kings and Queens throughout the centuries, to the weddings of William and Catherine, Charles and Diana, and Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. In fact, seventeen royal weddings in total have taken place within the Abbey’s ancient walls.
A Westminster Abbey tour will allow you to explore corners of history you never even knew existed. Since 1099, for example, the Abbey has played host to 39 coronations.
The Abbey was first founded by Benedictine monks in 960. It was in 1560 that the Abbey was designated ‘Royal Peculiar’, cementing its position as directly responsible to, and for, the sovereign family.
The following are some interesting and lesser-known facts about Westminster Abbey.
The Westminster Tour incorporates Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. In total it takes two hours. Once you have chosen your date and booked your tickets, the tour starts at Buckingham Palace and incorporates the corridors of power in Westminster – Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, 10 Downing Street. After being enthralled by the Changing of the Guard, the tour continues on to Westminster Abbey.
We can accommodate groups of all sizes on our Westminster and Changing of the Guard Private Tours. From corporate groups to GCSE and A-level students, we can tailor our tours to suit you. To book a private tour, simply email us with your requirements (group size/date/time) and we will gladly send you a quote and get you booked in! No group is too small or too large for our talented guides. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, why not include pub stops along the route at no extra charge!
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