Make the most of time in London with tours of two of its flagship museums: the National Gallery and British Museum. Explore the National Gallery, home to one of the world’s greatest paintings collections, seeing masterpieces such as Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers.’ Plus, let your guide introduce you to some of the must-see ancient and medieval treasures at the British Museum. Both museums are free to enter.
5-hour tour of the National Gallery and British Museum in London
Visit two of the world’s greatest museums in a single day
Admire the highlights of the National Gallery, such as Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ and Van Eyk’s ‘The Arnolfini Portrait’
View a curated selection of art and artefacts at the massive British Museum
See ancient treasures like the Mummy of Katebet and the Egyptian Rosetta Stone
Small group tour of eight people or fewer ensures personalized attention from a guide
Free entrance to both museums, plus a break for lunch (own expense)
Semi-Private" Means Group Size Is Never More Than 8 Guests Maximum
Professional Tour Guide
Duration 5 - 5.5 Hours (Including A Lunch Break)
Tour price does NOT include hotel pickup or drop-off (we recommend UBER or Taxi)
Tour price does NOT include gratuities (optional)
Tour is NOT available for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
Departure & Return
British Museum (Stop W), Holborn, London WC1A 2NJ, UK
The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, London WC2N 5DN, UK
What To Expect
Meet your guide near the British Museum, and be introduced to the small group of no more than eight participants in total. This stunning museum showcases a vast collection of art and artefacts from around the world that span 6,000 years of human history, from Samurai armor to Assyrian lion hunting reliefs dating from the 7th century BC. Roam through the rooms with your guide, and view a carefully chosen selection of treasures, such as the Mummy of Katebet, the Lewis Chessmen, and the world-famous Rosetta Stone; a 2nd-century BC stone inscribed with priestly Egyptian texts. Your guide will provide in-depth but enjoyable insights into the pieces, putting them into context to deepen your understanding of human achievement through history. Following your tour, leave the museum and after a break for lunch (own expense), reconvene with your guide for your visit to the National Gallery. Hear a brief introduction to the National Gallery, and the artworks it houses. This famous art museum is home to over 2,300 paintings from all genres of European art from the 13th to the 19th centuries, including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, and Monet. Head inside and take an informative tour, with your guide showing you the highlights of the collection. See works my masters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Seurat, and learn fascinating background about the artists, their subjects and techniques. Masterpieces slated for you to see include The Arnolfini Portrait, a depiction of a Bruges’ merchant and his wife by Jan van Eyck painted in 1434, and Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, one of four paintings of the flowers by the Dutch artist in 1888. After your tour, say goodbye to your guide, bringing your experience to an end.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
It is imperative that you provide us with guests MOBILE PHONE NUMBER (including country code)
A maximum of 8 people per tour allowed
Minimum numbers apply. This tour will not run without a minimum of 2 guests to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
Notes: British Museum and National Gallery and other attractions or museums in London may be subjected to occasional closures without previous warning from the museum management. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an appropriate alternative if the museum opening time is delayed more than 1h from the tour starting time. In these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. No large bags or suitcases are allowed inside the museum, only handbags or small thin bag packs are allowed through security. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' or 'No Wait' access. Some specific rooms inside the museum are subjected to a very quiet or restricted right to speak inside, in this cases your guide will provide the information about this places before entering the specific rooms where this rule applies. Some collections may vary along the year.
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Reviews by Viator travelers
OUTSTANDING!!! Highly recommend!
, Jul 2018
Our guide Craig was terrific! Let's face it, there's so much to see at both of these places that the key for the first-time/short-term visitor is knowing where to go quickly, and to avoid wasting time trying to navigate from a map/book. Our guide got us to all the best spots ahead of the hordes, and provided an amazing wealth of knowledge and insights at both the BM and the NG. He'd actually worked at the Museum, and gave us some fantastic inside information on the inner workings that made our tour that much more special and memorable. Incredible collections, and well worth the reasonable price!
Had a little hiccup as the meeting place had changed but we did not receive any notice from Viator. The guide made it to where we were and we started the tour as our small group turned out just to be my wife and I. I cannot say enough good things about our guide John from Babylon. He was fun, very knowledgeable and so well prepared. I would highly recommend this tour.