Early Access Tower of London, Royal Walking Tour & Cruise

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41 reviews

Early Access Tower of London, Royal Walking Tour & Cruise

From $108.30 per person

See the royal landmarks of London on a 4-hour walking tour, and discover hidden sites known only to locals. Visit the medieval Tower of London to see the famous “Beefeaters.” Then, cruise down the River Thames towards Buckingham Palace.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Mobile ticketing
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Duration 4 hours
Starting time 8:15 AM
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • See the famous "Beefeaters" of the Tower of London
  • Shuttle down the River Thames on a panoramic river boat
  • Watch the Changing of the Guards ceremony from a prime position
  • Learn the history of English kings and queens
  • Be among the 1st to see the Crown Jewels with early access that skips the lines
  • Take a guided walking tour along the royal routes of St. James's
  • Marvel at the colorful regalia of the Queen's horsemen
Full description
Experience the best of royal London on a half-day sightseeing tour, exploring the historic landmarks of the city center, and cruising down the River Thames. Meet at the Tower of London, home to the famous Yeoman Warders (“Beefeaters”), and a former prison that witnessed the execution of 3 English queens! Marvel at the Crown Jewels of the English monarchy, and see official regalia worn by HM the Queen, including orbs, swords, crowns and sceptres. Go to the White Tower where the “Princes in the Tower” were held before being murdered, allegedly by Richard III. With early entrance to the Tower you will be among the first to see the ceremonial opening by the Yeomen Warders. Depart the Tower and cruise down the River Thames on board a shuttle boat. Admire the sights en route, such as St. Paul’s Cathedral and Shakespeare’s Globe. Upon arrival at the Embankment, stroll over to watch the Changing of the Guards ceremony, either at Buckingham Palace or Horse Guards Parade. Your guide will put you in prime position for the best views of the crowded event, and provide a colorful commentary as the pageant unfolds. End your morning tour at Buckingham Palace, the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II.
Includes
  • Entrance ticket to the Tower of London
  • Boat cruise on the River Thames
  • Guided walking tour from Embankment to Buckingham Palace
  • Changing of the Guard ceremony (weather permitting)
  • English-speaking guide
  • Headsets when appropriate to hear your guide
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

The meeting point is directly in front of the Tower of London ticket office (just opposite the main entrance to the Tower). The nearest Underground station is Tower Hill. Upon leaving the station, turn right towards Trinity Square. You will see the Tower as you exit the station, and the meeting point is a 3-minute walk (GPS Coordinates: 51.508942, -0.078180) from the station.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers

Know before you go

  • Tours operate with no more than 25 people
  • The Changing of the Guard ceremony will not operate in the event of rain. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be replaced with an extended walking tour. Please also note the the Changing of the Guards ceremony is sometimes rescheduled to the early morning on Sundays, and your tour will not include the ceremony
  • Non-flash photography is permitted in the Tower of London
  • Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving once the tour has departed cannot be accommodated, and missed tours or tickets will not be refunded
  • The tour involves a fair amount of walking and stairs. Please wear comfortable shoes
  • With regret, tours are not suitable for people in wheelchairs, or any impairment requiring special assistance. Strollers or baby carriages cannot be accommodated
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 41 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.3/5
  • Transportation
    3.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5
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This tour was a highlight of our 2 week trip from Barcelona to London! Our guide Jo was not only incredibly knowledgeable about- Everything!, but she always put us in exactly the right spot at the right time for fantastic access! Did I mention her sense of humor? She had us laughing constantly; her historical remarks were highlighted with humorous anecdotes with perfect timing! The Crown Jewels and armor exhibit at the Tower rival any traditional museum visit, and we saw the Horse Guard change at the palace after a very pleasant river excursion on the Thames. Great Tour!

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January 18, 2020

Excellent guide, + tower opening -too little time at site; - "cruise"

I loved our guide, and seeing the tower early in the morning before the crowd enter was fantastic, especially watching the ceremony of opening of the tower. The tour is way too short--indeed I think I was the only one in my group that got to see the Blood Tower because there was only one hour or a bit less to see everything. More time needs to be allotted to each activity. The tour talks about a cruise of the Thames, when in reality is just a couple of stops in the water public transport, which was not as described in the brochure. Walk through St. James brilliant, great change of guard at W (not the palace), but it was great to arrive at the palace at the end.

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August 25, 2019

Tour was awesome and a great way to beat the crowds at London Tower

We really enjoyed this tour. Nathan was one of the best guides we've had on our four week vacation. He was witty, informative, personable, and patient with all the questions people asked. He kept the tour moving, but gave plenty of time for us to look around and/or take pictures. It was great to be able to get into the Tower early and see the Beefeaters opening it up for the day. This also gave us the opportunity to get to see the crown jewels before everyone else got in.

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July 12, 2019

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