Days of Operations:
Monday - Friday 9:30am – 3:30pm (last entry)
Saturday 9:30am – 3pm (last entry)
Sunday : Closed
They Abbey will close 30min after last entry.
Galleries will open 30 mins after main opening time.
Planned full closures:
The Abbey will be closed on the 24th to 25th of December.
Every 20 mins on the Red and Blue routes. Every 30 mins on the Orange route.
Departure point: You can join the tour from any of our touristic bus stops. Each of our stops will be clearly signposted Golden Tours Hop on Hop Off/London Tour Bus.
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Audio guide languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, Hindi, Japanese and Arabic.
One way ticket with 24hrs and 48hrs bus ticket.
Operated by City Cruises
Boats leave every 30 minutes from: Westminster Pier to Tower Millennium Pier or vice versa
Your ticket will be valid for one way journey only and not for a return trip.
Your one way boat ride ticket is valid from:
-Westminster Pier to Tower Millennium Pier or vice versa.
River Cruise Route Map and Timetable
Open All Year except 24, 25, 26 December and 1st January.
Jack the Ripper Walking Tour
Start time: 3:30pm daily (Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time)
Finish time: 5pm
Departure Point and Directions: Exit Tower Hill Station, London and wait at the Ice Cream Refreshments stand next to the station exit
Return Location: Near Liverpool Street Underground Station
Royal Walking Tour
Start time: 10am daily (Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time)
Departure Point: Tourist Bus Stop outside The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Buckingham Gate, SW1A 1AA (Nearest underground station: Victoria and Green Park)
Return Point: Westminster Abbey (Nearest underground station: Westminster Station)
An absolutely essential part of any visit to London, Westminster Abbey is one of the city’s most iconic buildings. Steeped in over a thousand years of history, Benedictine monks first started worshipping at this site in the middle of the tenth century and the current building has been there for over 700 years.
This magnificent gothic construct is a sight to behold and the incredible stained glass is some of the most impressive in the UK.
Created for King Edward I in 1296, the chair has been the seat for the crowning of every monarch since 1308, including Queen Victoria and our current reigning Queen, HRH Elizabeth II. It is the oldest piece of furniture in the UK that is still used for its original intention.
The literary corner of the Abbey is named due to the large amount of poets and writers buried there, including Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling and Thomas Hardy, as well as many memorial stones and busts dedicated to the likes of Shakespeare and loved Scottish poet Robert Burns
Kings and Queens
Westminster Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066 and seventeen monarchs are buried there. The Abbey was also the place where William and Kate tied the knot in 2011.
Hop-on Hop-off Tour of London
Explore imperious London in all its grandeur. This incredible value London Hop on Hop off bus tour grants you the freedom and convenience to explore the city in depth. This tour encompasses world renowned attractions such as the Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe and spectacular Westminster Abbey, as well as, of course, the inimitable Buckingham Palace. You will also see the most eminent regions of London, such as distinguished Regent Street, world celebrated Oxford Street and vibrant Piccadilly.
The Classic Tour (Blue route): Covers all the main Central London sights and visits London’s Museum Quarter.
The Essential Tour (Red route): Passes Madame Tussauds and Kings Cross, as well as Hyde Park and Regents Park, two of the prettiest parks in London.
The Museum Tour (Orange route): Explore London's world-famous museums with the Museum Tour and along the way pass by the beautiful Royal Albert Hall, Harrods and Buckingham Palace.
The Morning and Evening Drop off Service (Yellow and Green routes): Operating in the morning and late afternoon, this route travels from the popular hotel districts to Central London.
Choose the duration of your tour, from 1 day, 24 or 48 hours, pick a ticket duration that suits you.
Boat Ride available with the 24hrs or 48hrs Hop on Hop off bus tour:
Enjoy a relaxing sightseeing cruise along the heart of London’s River Thames with this City Cruises boat ride. Departing from Westminster Pier and heading towards Tower Millennium Pier, or vice versa, you’ll get to soak in panoramic views of the capital’s most iconic landmarks for a sightseeing experience like no other! Discover fascinating facts as you cruise with live commentary from the captain or audio guide.
Free Walking Tours
Enjoy the Jack The Ripper Walking Tour and/or the Royal Walking Tour as part of your sightseeing day out in London. Learn about King Charles’ Coronation and coronations of the past as well as interesting facts about members of the royal family. On your 2-hour tour, you’ll also visit fantastic royal sites and watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Or why not play detective by travelling back to Victorian London to investigate the morbid murders carried out by infamous Jack the Ripper. See where vital clues were found and learn more about his victims and possible suspects.