Westminster Abbey Reviews
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Review by jolon, July 2012
Doing what: The Original London Sightseeing Tour: Hop-on Hop-off
Caught the bus from Marble Arch to St Paul's Church passing through Piccadilly Circus and Trfalgar Square and then walked from there to the Tower of London which was a highlight. Caught the cruise from there to Westminster for Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. Walked from there to Buckingham Palace and cut through Hyde Park to get to Hotel. Managed to pack a lot in one day.
I highly recommend getting a London Pass - it was easy to use, and you save so much money! Just plan your day(s) to maximize how many places you can visit. I had a 2 day pass, and managed to visit the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey, Jewel Tower and had a river cruise on day 1. On day 2, I saw St. Paul's Cathedral, Hampton Court Palace and Southwark Cathedral. There are discounts at some of the gift shops too! It was kind of nice to see all of the main places in 2 days as well, so we had the rest of the time to visit free things like galleries and parks and go shopping. It's perfect if you like to plan ahead - it's totally worth it!
Excellent tour. Both Westminster Abbey and the National Gallery are well worth visiting.
This was a wonderful tour. It visited all the sites in London that we have heard so much about and are so magnificent. We saw the changing of the guard at Buckingham palace. Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament were so impressive and the Tower of London just as impressive and crown jewels are a must see thing, out of this world. The ride on the Eye topped this tour off. The sites from the Eye are breathtaking.
London Pass briilliant, no big queues. Windsor castle beautiful, The Royal Mews, Churchill War Rooms, Westminster Abbey, Eton College, British Museum all very interesting and well worth a visit. We also had travel on our pass and that makes life so much easier in London for getting about. This is the second time I have purchased the pass while staying in London and I would certainly do it again.
I highly recommend the London Pass and Travel Card combo. We only had 3 days in London and bought the 2 day Pass along with the Card. We were able to visit both the Wimbleldon and Wembley Stadiums, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, Shakespeare Theater, St Paul's Cathedral, Tate Modern, but unfortunately, there was a riot, so we did not make it to Westminster Abbey.
The underground and double decker buses were very easy to fgure out with a map. If you are staying by Kings Cross Station- you can take this train to Heathrow Airport ( it takes about 1 hour) so make sure you give yourself enoght timeSan Francisco.
A very satisfied customer from San Francisco.
A great way of seeing London especially on a 7 day pass. You get a hop on/hop off bus trip and a hop on/hop off ferry trip included so remember that if you are booking other things. Also all museums are free so it is not worth it if that is all you're going to see. The London Eye and Westminster Abbey are also not included. But despite this we got excellent value from this card and would recommend it. Buying an Oyster card may be cheaper than using the transport option included.
This was a great tour and we saw a lot in a day. Most of the morning was spent in the bus seeing some of the sights like Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, Prince Albert's memorial and the Victoria and Albert museum, Harrods and more. Then we went to Buckingham Palace for the changing of the guard. Our expert guide Richard told us where to stand for the best view and great pictures. After lunch it was on to St Paul's Cathedral. Amazing! The wisteria was in bloom along one wall on our way in. The stained glass, the ceilings, the dome, the crypt - all fascinating. It is a Must See. Our next stop was the Tower of London with it's gory history, the ravens and their story and of course the crown jewels. Our boat cruise on the Thames ended the day with great views of Big Ben and the London Eye.
My son and I went on the tour, which included an inside tour of Westminster Abbey and a motor coach tour around London seeing sites such as The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, St. Paul's Cathedral, and Big Ben. We were also taken to the Changing of The Horse Guards. We enjoyed a lovely lunch at a British Pub in the center of London. We also went on a boat which cruised up the Thames River. We then received a tour of The Tower of London and the Crown Jewels. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about the history of London and all the sites we visited. We highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting London!
It is a good bargain if you plan to see a lot of places in a day. We saw Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's, the Tower of London, and took the boat back to Westminster. If you plan to spend exceeding long periods at each place then it is not worth it but if you plan to do lots while you in town, it is a must.
We used the 2 day London Pass with the Travelcard.
There are so many places to see - in my opinion if you do the maths I doubt that the pass would be worth it if you only take the 1 day option. Even having 2 days, there were numerous places we still would have liked to see but didn't.
My advice: pick-up the tickets in advance, GET UP EARLY and make full use of your pass.
Day 1 we spent at Hampton Court Palace in the morning and Windsor Palace in the afternoon (which was fantastic!)
Day 2 was spent at St Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Tower of London. We also fit in changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace and Big Ben which were not part of the pass.
Having the travel card to be able to use the Tube was very convenient.
As you can see, there are SO many places the pass gives you access to, and yet over 2 days we really only got to 5 of them as traveling around does take time.
We really enjoyed everywhere we saw and would recommend the 2 day pass at minimum.
The pass was good but not great. Could not use it at Westminster Abbey...and unless you are going to do lots of touring to the places listed as participants, I would map out the expense. On the other hand, the few times we were able to skip lines was VERY helpful, so if that is important to you, then this is worthwhile.
Review by Melissa G, USA, April 2009
Doing what: Royal London Sightseeing Tour with Changing of the Guard Ceremony
Our guide was knowledgeable and funny. She had great background stories and tips for spending our time when the tour was over. Our guide did a great job getting us placed for the entrance of the guards at Buckingham Palace and then taking us to the general area for the actual changing ceremony. The place is complete chaos and only for dedicated fans but it's exciting to have been where so many people aspire to be. The only disappointing part was that the description of the tour mentioned Westminster Abbey and Big Ben and we never got close to these sights. In fact, we didn't get close to the river at all. We did, however, have a bit of time outside St. Paul's Cathedral with great tips from the guide regarding the best vantage point for photos. Overall, a great tour worth doing if your time in London is limited.
The tour was an excellent way of getting an overview of the city. The pace was good; we visited the key sites of London. It avoided long lines and went straight to the attractions. The tour guide knew exactly where to take the group so that we could see the changing of the guard at the beginning of the march - perfect spot. He also showed us where to sit in the Thames cruise ship to be able to see the main attractions along the river. The guide was impeccably dressed with style and flair. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Instead of going to Westminster Abbey, this tour went to St. Paul. I wish we had gone to the abbey instead, but the visit to St. Paul was good, too.
It's really hard to find the "booth" where you exchange the voucher and not being able to pick it up before 10 am cuts into your ability to use the card in a single day. Some attractions stop accepting visitors at 3:30 pm (Westminster Abbey)