Tour code: 3207LON1
Visit two of London’s greatest historical treasures on this private 3.5-hour tour of Westminster Abbey and Banqueting House, with a specialist art history guide. Behold the splendor of Westminster Abbey, England's Royal Church and a royal coronation and wedding site since 1066, and then walk along Whitehall to Banqueting House, the last remnant of the former Palace of Whitehall. See where King Charles I was executed in 1649; admire the ceremonial and banquet chambers; see the murals by Sir Peter Paul Rubens; and learn all about the palace’s rich history.

Highlights

  • Private 3.5-hour morning or afternoon tour of Westminster Abbey and the Banqueting House in London
  • Tour Westminster Abbey, one of the English capital’s most iconic sights
  • Discover the abbey’s long history as a coronation church and royal mausoleum
  • See the College Garden and admire the artworks and monuments dedicated to soldiers, artists, statesman and writers
  • Visit Banqueting House, the only remaining building from the old Palace of Whitehall
  • Visit the banqueting hall, which hosted royal parties, and admire the ceiling frescoes by Flemish master Sir Peter Paul Rubens
  • Receive the undivided attention of a professional guide, also a specialist in art history, on this private tour

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The commentary for your private London tour is entirely personalized to you and your private group. If you have any special interests — from art to architecture, history to culture — make a note at the time of booking so your guide can better prepare for your tour.

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Westminster Abbey and Banqueting House Walking Tour in London

Visit Westminster Abbey on your walking tour

Select a morning or afternoon tour, and join up with your art historian guide near Westminster Abbey. Pose for photos outside this early Gothic building, perhaps one of England’s most splendid, and hear about its rich history and royal connections.

Head inside with your guide and learn how the abbey has served as a royal burial place, coronation site and wedding stage for centuries. All England’s monarchs since 1066 have been crowned here, and the church has presided over many royal weddings, including the union of the now Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

As you look around, inspect the memorials to artists, soldiers, writers and statesmen; and glimpse the College Garden, believed to be around 1,000 years old. 

Having explored Westminster Abbey, stroll along Whitehall, where the British Prime Minister is based, to Banqueting House, the only remaining building of what was once the Palace of Whitehall, a royal residence destroyed by fire in 1698. 

Stand on the exact spot where Charles I was beheaded in 1649 for supposedly committing high treason, and then follow your guide into the 17th-century building. Explore the richly gilded rooms, and admire the decorative banqueting hall, once used for banquets and grand ceremonies. Here, take time to appreciate the glorious ceiling murals commissioned by Charles I and painted by Sir Peter Paul Rubens in 1636.

Your tour concludes when you leave Banqueting House and say goodbye to your guide, leaving you free to continue exploring independently or head back to your hotel.

Please note: Banqueting House is closed during the afternoons. If you select an afternoon tour, your visit will be replaced by a longer visit to Westminster Abbey.

Customer Reviews

Patricia F USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The venue is outstanding and our guide, Wendy, was really good.

Philip P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Our guide Wendy did a really nice job. She was very informative, very pleasant, personable, gracious and she kept asking us if we wanted more information. It was especially nice to have it be a private tour for just our family. Westminster Abbey is beautiful and she did a nice job of giving us additional detail about the sites we saw between there and the National Art Museum, more than we had gotten our a driving tour covering some similar spots. She made sure we got to see all of the most famous artists and paintings in the galleries. I would recommend her and this tour to anyone.

children

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Very good. Worth it!

richard t

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Excellent experience. Really enjoyed the tour of Westminster Abbey and the National Gallery. Alison was an outstanding guide.

Mark D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2012

Excellent tour. Both Westminster Abbey and the National Gallery are well worth visiting.

Jenny K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2012

Fabulous! Inspiring, informative and interesting! Lovely inclusive style

Adrian G

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

Knowledgeable guide who did a good job. She was enjoyable to be with.

Stefano G Italy

4 star rating: Recommended July 2010

We had two experienced guides but the time for the three monuments is definitely too short.

annybolivar Venezuela

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2011

It was Ok, nothing extraordinary.

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