Discover Royalty, Religion and Government at the heart of Westminster with a Blue Badge Guide.
The area known as Westminster in London is a place of huge historical significance for the country. Composed of great institutions and famous streets, many visitors will see each part in isolation. This tour is different; it brings the separate elements together creating a more rounded picture. Westminster Abbey is a fabulous building of historic significance for the country as a whole. It is the site for royal occasions, weddings, coronations and burials. The Houses of Parliament, also known as the Palace of Westminster, symbolises Great Britain. The decisions made within its rooms as well as in the thoroughfare of Whitehall, sometimes known as the "Corridors of Power" have shaped Britain.
Together we'll explore the area whilst I bring the stories of buildings, memorials and influential historic characters together. By the end of the tour you'll see how this small patch of land has been the epicentre of power having "punched beyond its weight" in its influence in the UK as well as across the world.
-We start with an internal tour of Westminster Abbey. Here stands the 700-year-old Coronation Chair last used at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Many of our distinguished citizens are remembered here from scientists to poets. Poignantly, it is the resting place of the Unknown Warrior. 11/2 hours.
Short rest 10 m.
-A walk around Parliament Square, World Heritage Site and crossroads where the highest public offices meet. 20 m.
-Walk around the outside of the Houses of Parliament, stunning neo- gothic creation. The Palace of Westminster, is the bedrock of the nation's democracy. 30 m.
-Continue on to Whitehall, the "Corridors of Power". Packed with monuments and lined with some of London's most significant government buildings. 30 m.
-Complete the tour outside the architectural masterpiece Banqueting House, a fitting place to end the tour. It saw the beheading of King Charles 1 and a period of non- royal government.
This tour can be customised to fit your preferences, please enquire.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Monument/Building, Suggested by Guide: In front of the west entrance to Westminster Abbey, next to the gift shop.
Duration: 3 hours
Since part of this walking tour is outdoors it is advisable to have an umbrella or wet weather clothing available. Comfortable shoes are recommended. It may be advisable to bring a bottle of water for your comfort.
This is a walking tour which is mostly on level ground, though there are steps involved in Westminster Abbey.
- Guiding Services
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 GBP - There are entrance fees to Westminster Abbey to be paid, then any souvenirs.
- Personal Expenses
- Food, Drinks, Snacks