Tour code: 3858EE053
Enjoy privileged, insider access to St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London on this unforgettable Viator VIP tour. Gain exclusive entry to the Tower before the doors open, and be introduced to the highlights of this 11th-century fortress-palace by one of its iconic Beefeater guards. Visit the White Tower and East Wall Walk; see the dazzling Crown Jewels, and watch the tower’s traditional opening ceremony. Then, head to St Paul’s Cathedral and go behind locked doors to explore the Triforium area, as well as the Crypt and Whispering Gallery.

Highlights

  • Viator VIP tour including the Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Gain exclusive, insider access to two of the city's most iconic attractions with this Viator VIP
  • Enter the Tower of London before the general public and watch the historic opening ceremony
  • Explore the tower with a Beefeater guide and see, too, the Crown Jewels and the famous White Tower
  • Visit St Paul’s Cathedral’s Triforium and see the Dean’s Staircase, that featured in a hit Harry Potter movie
  • Head up to the Whispering Gallery and inside the Crypt

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What You Can Expect

Viator VIP: Exclusive Access to Tower of London and St Paul's Cathedral

Explore St Paul's Cathedral on a VIP tour!

Make your own way to the Tower of London and meet your expert guide. Then, start your Viator VIP London tour by heading inside this historical fortress-palace before the doors open to the general public.
Once inside, accompany your guide to meet up with one of the tower’s famous Beefeater guards. Your Beefeater will then take you on a guided tour of the complex, showcasing the highlights of this infamous, 11th-century building and its grounds.
As you explore, hear how the tower has served as a royal palace, fortress, prison and execution site, and be treated to the spectacle of the opening ceremony, where members of a military escort march around the tower with the Beefeaters to open the gates.
Stroll along the East Wall Walk for views down over London’s streets; head inside the haunting White Tower; and look for the jet-black ravens that have strutted around the complex since the time of Charles II. The king believed that the tower would fall if the birds ever flew from the grounds. In addition, enter the Jewels House to ogle the Crown Jewels — the priceless, jewel-encrusted symbols of Britain’s monarchy.
Having explored here, stroll to nearby St Paul’s Cathedral, the magnificent domed church designed by Sir Christopher Wren and completed in 1708. Head inside and be shown into the hushed Triforium, an area typically closed to the public but open to you! 
Wander around to see highpoints including the St Paul’s library and the Dean’s or Geometric Staircase, familiar to movie fans from its starring role in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Take in the wonderful views toward the nave, and then visit the Crypt and famous Whispering Gallery. 
Your tour concludes at St Paul’s when you say goodbye to your guide.
Please note: the visit to Jewel House to see the Crown Jewels is self-guided.

Customer Reviews

Barbara C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Exclusive Access is worth the money. We got to the Tower of London in time for the opening ceremony and were the first ones in to the Tower. Our guide was very knowledgeable both at the Tower and at St. Paul's. She gave us quite a bit of information about London as we made our way on foot from the tower to St. Paul's. Very enjoyable tour.

Lisa

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Highly recommend this tour. It was so worthwhile to access the Tower of London and more specifically the Crown Jewels before all the crowds. St. Paul's Cathedral has a lot of history of course and our guide took us downstairs to point out other lesser known memorials.

Wolfgang S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The tour and the guide were perfect!
St. Paul's old books were amazing. The guide was very nice and funny. We had a perfect day! Thank you.

spideysensestingling

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Loved the whole day and all the secret places we went too...........you'll have to do the tour to find out!!!!!

MARGIE

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Wonderful, superb and excellent value. This tour is a must! Our guide was fantastic. Highly recommended tour.

Mark S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Wonderful to have early access to the Tower grounds and changing of the guard.

Woodlands Texas Mike

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great insider tour. See things most don't including opening ceremony at the Tower and private areas of St Paul's. Our guide Shiela was superb. Bit of walking but doable even in the rain

alicema

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The tour was fantastic--getting to see the opening ceremony at the Tower and the Triforium at St. Paul's as well as to take fleshless photos from the loft area in St. Pauls was terrific. Also great was getting into the Tower before the crowds to gawk at the Crown Jewels without being jostled. Debbie our tour guide was informative and helpful and accommodating. She gave us great information about London history and architecture, Cockney slang, and everything else that came to mind. Simply fantastic. You need to let folks know that this is a tour with a LOT of walking and steps, though--it was more than a mile walking between the Tower and St. Pauls--and there were a lot of steps into the triforium 141--I counted.

Kathy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great tour and guide! Going into the Tower before the regular crowds and having a Beefeater talk to us before the opening key ceremony was fun...also seeing the Crown Jewels without the crowds was excellent. The walking tour to St. Paul's was informative and easy...the old library upstairs at St. Paul's was a highlight for me. The VIP access to these two British treasures was worth the price!

Richard A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was one of the highlights of my recent trip to London! Our guide for the day was Debbie- she is an outstanding guide! The tour was very well organized, Debbie was very friendly, personable, and had great background knowledge having grown up in London. I loved visiting the Tower of London prior to the opening! It was so cool to watch the Opening Ceremonies with the Yeoman Warders and the Royal Guards in addition, it was calm and peaceful there so early in the morning. I am grateful that I wore comfortable walking shoes- the walk to St. Paul's was long, but Debbie made it interesting! The earphones were a great feature on this tour it was very easy to listen to Debbie all along the way. Our behind the scenes tour at St. Paul's was outstanding! We had a rare tour of the library, we were able to see Wren's Great Model which was amazing!, and we saw many other parts of St. Paul's which I hadn't seen on previous visits. Overall, this was an excellent tour and Debbie is one of the best guides I've ever had the pleasure of touring with! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this tour and I'd definitely book a trip with Viator again!!

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