London is a city like no other! Enjoy three days exploring this magnificent metropolis and some of its most famous sites, recognizable the world over. From a stroll along the banks of the Thames to Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the London Eye, the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace. The independent Essential London package offers the perfect add-on for any self-drive or rail tour of England or Britain.View this tour
Our guide to visiting Westminster Abbey
Since its construction in the 11th century Westminster Abbey has played a pivotal role in the history and heritage of London and Britain as a whole, home to the crowning of our greatest monarchs and more recently the 2011 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Westminster Abbey has seen the crowning of the British Monarchy throughout the centuries since the invasion of William the Conqueror in 1066 right through to our current Queen Elizabeth II who celebrated her Diamond Jubilee (60 years on the throne) in 2012. Classed as a World Heritage Site, the Abbey is a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture boasting opulent interiors and a treasure trove of paintings, stained glass windows, pavements, textiles and other artefacts – Westminster Abbey is certainly a venue befitting of grand state ceremonies such as coronations and Royal Weddings!
Whilst the structure dates back to the 11th century and many of the interiors from the 13th century when it was developed by King Henry III, the Abbey has seen continued additions over the centuries namely in the form of tombs of monarchs and monuments dedicated to great Britons and statesman and women throughout the ages. Today the Abbey is widely considered the most significant collection of monumental sculpture anywhere in Britain.
The first monarch to be buried at Westminster was Edward the Confessor whose tomb is central within the Abbey, whilst the tombs of Queens Elizabeth I and Mary I are close by. There are also a number of memorials dedicated to those who have perished fighting for Britain over the years such as the tomb of soldier Thomas Wolfe dedicated to Canadian forces who have fought for Britain whilst the Tomb of the unknown soldier marks the sacrifice of British servicemen defending the realm. Many other significant Brits are remembered in the Abbey including Churchill, Gladstone and Franklin D Roosevelt not to mention poet and author Chaucer around which many other key cultural figures are commemorated in the area called Poets Corner.
Some of the highlights within the Abbey include the Chapter House, home to medieval paintings of the Revelations of St John depicting eerie scenes of judgement day and the stunning coronation chair built by Edward I , which has been used in the coronation of every King and Queen of England since 1308.
With its historic and modern connections with British culture and Monarchy, a visit to London is incomplete without a visit to Westminster Abbey.
"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life...". London is home to the richest of histories but remains at the cutting edge of British culture; take five days to explore this colossal city and all that it has to offer from iconic landmarks and the best of British shopping and culture. And if that’s not enough, enjoy a day-tour to explore the English gems of Stonehenge and Bath.View this tour
Enjoy a week in England staying in the thriving capital city of London, a bustling city of iconic landmarks and the undoubted heart of English history and culture. An unrivalled destination in its own right, London also offers the perfect base from which to explore South and central England; enjoy fully guided tours of London’s highlights as well as Bath City, Stonehenge, Oxford the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon. London and Beyond is an ideal mix of English city and countryside and is perfect for those looking to explore without wanting to drive overseas.View this tour
Utilize the extensive English rail network to explore the corners of the English nation. From the Salisbury Plain and West Country coasts , Lake District and Cotswolds to the charming heritage cities of Bath, York, Stratford upon Avon and Chester. This is the ultimate rail tour of England.View this tour
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Discover English and Scottish landscapes and heritage on this rail journey through two great nations. Taking you from vibrant London to romantic Edinburgh and a host of English and Scottish towns and cities on route, you'll also enjoy the British countryside at its most majestic.View this tour
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Experience all that is great about Britain on the ultimate tour of England, Scotland and Wales. See it all, from the thriving capital cities of London, Edinburgh and Cardiff to the remote Scottish Highlands, tranquil Lake District and spectacular Snowdonia National Park. Along the way you’ll experience diverse cultures and histories and see world-famous landmarks including Stonehenge, the Roman Baths, Cardiff Castle, the Cotswolds, Hadrian’s Wall, Loch Ness and Edinburgh Castle.View this tour
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