CORONATIONS & CELEBRATIONS - WITH WESTMINSTER ABBEY
Kings, queens, statesmen and soldiers. Poets, priests, heroes and villains. Westminster Abbey is a living pageant of British history. The Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066, has seen the weddings of sixteen Kings & Queens, is the final resting place of seventeen monarchs and has memorials to some of our greatest citizens.
Groups can only visit with a Blue Badge Guide so make it a top notch City & Village Tours Blue Badge Guide. All of our London guides have studied in depth for the very exacting Abbey exams - request your favourite guide to join you for a very memorable day out.
Arrive at 10.30am for time to buy morning refreshments. To do full justice to the Abbey we’ll split your group in half - each for an in depth guided tour of Westminster Abbey with our Blue Badge Guide and each to enjoy free time to explore two other unique and important institutions within eyesight of the Abbey.
Our Abbey tour will take you from the Shrine of Edward the Confessor and the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior to Poets Corner and the sublimely beautiful fan vaulted ceiling of the Henry VIII chapel where the banners of the Knights and Dames Grand Cross of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath hang. See how the mediaeval architects created a theatre for coronations and discover some of the Abbeys most curious secrets.
For the other half of your day you’ll be free to visit St Margaret’s Westminster - the Parish Church of Parliament and the Supreme Court - the highest court in the land set up to replace the Law Lords and much in the news of late with the Brexit appeals. You could even pop into the Palace of Westminster and lobby your MP! You certainly aren’t going to be short of things to do.
There will be time at the end of the afternoon to buy refreshments before making tracks for home at 4.30pm ahead of the rush hour.