Kensington Palace, Parliament Square and Westminster Abbey
The tour begins with a panoramic drive around Parliament Square to see the magnificent Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Kate Middleton were married. To Kensington Palace, former home of Diana, Princess of Wales. We’ll see the Royal Albert Hall and Albert Memorial.
Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard
We head to St James’ Park and Buckingham Palace to see the colourful ceremony of the Changing of the Guard. Accompanied by a military band, a detachment of the Queen’s Foot Guard march to Buckingham Palace to change with the old guard.
Thames River Cruise (optional)
City Cruises operate a regular service from Westminster Pier to the Tower of London. After your tour, make your way down to Westminster Pier and hop on the next available boat. Tickets are one-way from Westminster Pier to Tower Pier.
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St Paul’s Cathedral
We take you on a guided tour of St Paul’s Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece with its magnificent dome. The Cathedral was rebuilt after the Great Fire of London in 1666. In recent years it has seen the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, to Lady Diana Spencer and, more recently, the thanksgiving services for both the Diamond Jubilee and 80th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen.
Climb 259 steps up the dome and you will find The Whispering Gallery, which runs around the interior of the Dome. It gets its name from a charming quirk in its construction, which makes a whisper against its walls audible on the opposite side.
The Tower of London and Crown Jewels
Founded by William the Conqueror in 1066-7 and enlarged by successive sovereigns, the Tower of London is one of the world’s most famous and spectacular fortresses. Over the past 1000 years it has been a Royal Palace, an armoury and a place of imprisonment and execution. The Beefeaters who guard the Tower will regale you with stories of its past. We will visit the Crown Jewels, including the magnificent solid-gold crown used at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the enormous Cullinan diamonds and the extraordinary Koh-I-Noor.
Jack the Ripper
Our tour begins with a coach drive direct to the dark side of London. The Theatre Drury Lane, said to be the most haunted theatre in London, your guide will tell you why! We see the Old Bailey – the site of numerous public hangings, drive along Fleet Street, home of Sweeny Todd – the demon barber of Fleet Street – and his accomplice, Mrs Lovatt, who was said to have baked pies from the flesh of his victims, selling them to unsuspecting customers.
As the shadows lengthen, we approach London’s East End, a hotbed of crime and vice in the 19th century. During the autumn of 1888, terror struck when Jack the Ripper came out of the fog and dimly lit alleys just long enough to stalk and butcher his five victims.
We leave the coach and walk his death trail inspecting the murder sites, deciphering the evidence and discussing the suspects. We will see the 10 Bells Pub, built in 1752 where many of Jack the Ripper’s victims were said to have drunk. To this day the case remains unsolved.
Thames River Cruise
City Cruises operate a regular service between the Tower of London and Westminster Pier. You have the choice to take the River Cruise and end your tour at Westminster Pier, or take the cruise on another day and go with your guide back to Victoria. River Cruise Tickets are one-way from Tower Pier to Westminster Pier (or vice versa).
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Kensington Palace, Parliament Square and Westminster Abbey:
Our tour begins with a panoramic drive up to Kensington Palace, former home of Diana, Princess of Wales. Well see the Royal Albert Hall and Albert Memorial before heading down to Trafalgar Square, along Whitehall, past the Prime Minister’s Residence at Downing Street and around Parliament Square, where we’ll see Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and, of course, Westminster Abbey.
Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard:
We head to St James’ Park and Buckingham Palace to see the colourful ceremony of the Changing of the Guard. Accompanied by a military band, a detachment of the Queen’s Foot Guard march to Buckingham Palace in their bearskins and red tunics, and a change with the Old Guard. The tour finishes at Trafalgar Square at around 12.00pm. Your guide will be happy to give you suggestions for lunch and transportation back to your hotel. Alternatively, why not visit the site of the last great Royal Wedding, St Paul’s Cathedral – join our afternoon City of London tour, departing Trafalgar Square at 1pm.
Occasionally there may not be a Changing of the Guard, on these occasions we will visit Horseguards Parade.
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St Paul’s Cathedral.
A guided tour of Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece and St Paul’s Cathedral – crowned by the magnificent dome that is so much a part of the London skyline. The Cathedral was rebuilt after the Great Fire of London in 1666. In recent years it has seen the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, to Lady Diana Spencer and, most recently, the thanksgiving services for both the Golden Jubilee and 80th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen.
The Tower of London and Crown Jewels.
Founded by William the Conqueror in 1066-7 and enlarged by successive sovereigns, the Tower of London is one of the is one of the world’s most famous and spectacular fortresses. Over the past 1000 years it has been a Royal Palace, an armoury and a place of imprisonment and execution. The Yeoman Warders (Beefeaters) who guard the Tower will regale you with stories of its past. We will visit the Crown Jewels, including the magnificent solid-gold crown used at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the enormous Cullinan diamonds and the extraordinary Koh-i-Noor. And finally….
River Thames cruise from the Tower of London.
Sunday in London and due to church services St Paul’s Cathedral is closed to visitors on Sunday.
We will stop for photographs and spend longer in the Tower of London.
Please arrive at least 15 Mins before your departure time.
Tours Depart From:The Original Tour Visitors Centre, 17-19 Cockspur Street, Traflagar Square.
* St Paul’s Cathedral is closed to visitors
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London Panoramic Highlights
The tour begins with a panoramic drive around Parliament Square to see the wonderful Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Kate Middleton were married. This is also a magnificent opportunity to see many more of London’s most iconic landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the London Eye and the Royal Albert Hall.
Hampton Court Palace & Gardens
Home to the Kings and Queens of Britain since the time of Henry VIII, Hampton Court Palace is one of the most famous visitor attractions in the country. Although perhaps best-known as a Tudor Palace, Hampton Court’s magnificent buildings, world-famous gardens and priceless art collection continue to inspire visitors of all ages. Discover the magnificent State Apartments of Henry VIII and William III, explore 60 acres of immaculate riverside gardens and lose yourself in the world-famous maze.
Built high above the River Thames, Windsor Castle has been home to the Royal Family for 900 years and is still an Official Residence of the Queen. We visit the magnificent State Apartments*, still used for State occasions and Royal receptions. Take some time to explore the castle grounds and the fourteenth-century St. George’s Chapel, one of the most beautiful examples of medieval church architecture in England and a burial place of kings and queens, including Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour.
The state of the art VOX Radioguide® system is used during the walking sections of this tour: guests are issued with a personal headset ensuring they never miss a word of the guide’s commentary.
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Recently voted Visitor Attraction of the Year.
Jameson Visitor Centres’ welcome over 360,000 visitors reach year providing world class Irish Whiskey experience. The Distillery was established in 1780 when John Jameson established the Bow Street Distillery in Dublin. Jameson is now distilled in Cork, although bottling still takes place in Dublin. With annual sales of over 31 million bottles, Jameson is by far the best selling Irish whiskey in the world.
Within the Jameson Distillery Bow St. we have not only one Jameson bar, but three in tribute to the great man himself, John Jameson.
While at our Jameson bar, why not sample some of the nectar that’s on offer? Enjoy either a comparison whiskey tasting, where our flagship brand is compared to other world brands. Those already familiar with Jameson whiskey may look to upgrade to a Jameson reserve whiskey tasting.
*** Thursday – Sunday can be very busy in the afternoon. This can lead to long queues. ****
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