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  • Location:London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Private Tour: London Walking Tour of the British Museum and Soane Museum

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Visit the British Museum and one of London’s lesser-known museums on this 3.5-hour private tour. With your own art historian guide, explore the British Museum, one of the world’s greatest historical treasure troves, as you wish. As British Museum tours go, it’s ideal for getting a personalized perspective on the collections. View highlights such as the Parthenon sculptures, and then visit Sir John Soane’s Museum, home to the 19th-century architect’s personal collections. See highlights including Hogarth’s ‘A Rake’s Progress,’ plus other artifacts, and absorb the atmosphere of this captivating museum.


  • Private walking tour of the British Museum and Sir John Soane's Museum
  • Guided tour of the British Museum, including the famous Rosetta Stone and Parthenon sculptures
  • Guided tour of the eccentric collections housed in the Sir John Soane's Museum
  • Customize the tour to suit your own interests
  • Choice of morning or afternoon 3.5-hour tours
  • Expert guide specializing in art history
  • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your guide on this special private walking tour

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: London Walking Tour of the British Museum and Soane Museum

Sir John Soane's Museum, London

Meet your art historian guide near the British Museum and go inside to start your private tour. When you book, list any special interests you have, such as art, history or culture, so your private guide can prepare your personalized tour in advance.

One of the world’s premier museums — on a par with Paris’ Louvre and New York’s Metropolitan museum — this world-famous institution houses a vast collection of historical artefacts and art across more than 70 galleries.

With your guide providing enlightening commentary throughout, stroll around to discover some of the museum’s highlights. View treasures such as the Parthenon frieze from the Acropolis at Athens; the fabled Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies; and check out more of the artifacts and sections as you wish.

Next, stroll to the nearby Sir John Soane's Museum. This townhouse-turned-museum was once home to Soane, a famous 19th-century British architect who amassed an extraordinary collection of sculpture, art and curiosities.

Explore the atmosphere-charged rooms to admire some of the 6,000 artworks and antiquities. See the original set of A Rake’s Progress by William Hogarth, paintings by Canaletto and Turner, and other items such as an Egyptian sarcophagus and slaves’ chains.

After around 3.5 hours in total, your tour ends at Sir John Soane’s Museum when your guide departs.

Please note: Sir John Soane's Museum is closed on Sundays and Mondays. On these days, you will enjoy an extended tour of the British Museum.

Customer Reviews

Terrence K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was everything we could have hoped for. The guide was outstanding allowing us to see and understand things we might not have otherwise. Well worth the price.

Jeffrey A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I posted this review already. It was an excellent tour. Excellent guide and I look forward to trying the service again! Jeff Amos.

Loretta S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Rose Marie was very knowledgeable


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Great day with a very erudite lady of my senior vintage! A great way to learn and not get lost!

Angela J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Rosa Maria (my guide) was amazing. I highly recommend this tour! Our time together went so fast. She was so knowledgeable and she catered the tour to my interests. While we saw popular items, she showed me things I would have missed in the museum. The Soane museum was so fascinating. We could have easily spent 5 hours on the tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Very knowledgeable guide. Enriching and entettaiing

Newarker22 USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

Fantastic museums. We expected to be impressed by the British Museum, but were completely surprised by how interesting the Soane turned out to be.

Diana A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

If I could give this tour 6 stars, I would! I have been on many private tour of many museums and our tour guide was the most knowledgeable, most articulate, and most enthusiastic! She was able to tell the story of the Museum in a way that connected with each of us in our group. I would recommend this tour, highly.

Robert M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2012

Tour guide was fabulous.

James W

4 star rating: Recommended April 2015

The two museums are amazing and probably need to schedule at least four hours to see. We took 2 hours and 25 minutes to see British museum so when we got to Soane museum they would not let us in, so we went back on our own. That means our 3.5 hour tour really only lasted 2.5 hours with the guide.

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