Hop-on Hop-off London Bus Tour and Westminster Abbey

Activity code: OT34

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Highlights

  • See the very best of London on our open top bus tour through the city
  • Hop-on hop-off at you leisure for either 1 day, 24 or 48 hours
  • See Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, the Shard & more
  • Venture inside one of the UK’s best-loved landmarks – Westminster Abbey
  • See the Coronation Chair, Poets’ Corner and much more
  • Soak in sights of the city with a sightseeing cruise along the Thames
  • Audio Guides on the Bus in: 

Description

Explore the city of London at your leisure with a 24 hour hop-on hop-off open top bus ticket and visit the spectacular Westminster Abbey with this excellent sightseeing package.

Westminster Abbey
Steeped in an incredible 1000 years worth of history, the gothic interior of Westminster Abbey does not disappoint. Stained glass, exquisite ceilings, beautiful decoration and ornate furniture, it is truly awe-inspiring inside.

The resting place for an impressive 17 monarchs, Westminster Abbey is also home to the oldest piece of furniture in the world that is still used for its original purpose. The Coronation Chair was built in 1296 and is still used to crown UK monarchs.

Remember to visit Poets’ Corner, a section of the Abbey dedicated to poets, writers and playwrights that have influenced English literature throughout the years. Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling and Thomas Hardy are all buried in this area.

You will also have the use of an audio guide to ensure that you don't miss out on any of the history.

Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
With your hop-on hop-off ticket, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the whole of Central London. Cruise past Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Hyde Park, Marble Arch, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and so much more, hopping on and off when you want.

Our four different routes and more than multiple stops cover all the main tourist sites and famous landmarks and our handy on-board audio guide comes with eight different languages – English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Portuguese and Chinese. Travel around the city for two whole days, taking in the beautiful monuments, buildings, shopping districts and natural landscape that the diverse and exciting city of London has to offer!

The Routes:
  • The Classic Tour (Blue route): Taking you to all the main Central London landmarks, passing Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and much more.
  • The Essential Tour (Red route): Explore the centre and North of London. Covering Hyde Park, Regents Park, London Zoo, Madame Tussauds and Kings Cross, as well as many of the Central ‘must-sees’.
  • The Morning and Evening Drop off Service (Yellow and Green routes): The morning and late afternoon drop-off services conveniently transport you from the hotel region of West London, into the centre. Making your day as effortless and enjoyable as possible. 

Route Map and Timetable

With the purchase of a 24 or 48 hour Hop on Hop off Bus tour, you will also enjoy a River Thames Boat Ride!

Free one-way River Thames Boat Ride with the 24 or 48 hour Bus Ticket 
Enjoy an enthralling sightseeing cruise along the heart of London’s River Thames with this boat ride. Departing from Westminster and taking you to either Tower Bridge Quay or Greenwich (or board at either Tower Bridge Quay or Greenwich and disembark at Westminster), 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 and audio guides available via your Smartphone in Spanish, Chinese, English, French, German and Italian. 

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Additional Information

What's Included


  • Entry to Westminster Abbey
  • Select either a 1 day, 24 or 48 hour hop-on hop-off ticket
  • Free Wi-Fi on all Open Top buses
  • Free River Thames boat ride valid for a one-way journey only applicable with the 24 or 48 hour bus ticket*

What's Excluded


  • Entrances to further attractions
  • Food and drink

Please Note For Westminster Abbey:

  • In order to gain entrance to Westminster Abbey you must print your ticket - all redeemable tickets/vouchers must be printed and exchanged at the entry.
  • Guests can visit the Abbey at any time. Please see the schedule for opening hours.
  • A security search exists on entry for all visitors.
  • Westminster Abbey is a working church and subject to occasional closures due to special services and events – please check the website for further details.
  • Social distancing is encouraged in areas which are small and confined.

 

Schedule

Westminster Abbey Visiting Times:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 09.30 to 15.30
Wednesday – 09.30 to 18:00
Saturday – 09.30 to 13:00
Sunday - closed

The Abbey closes for visiting one hour after the above times.

Guests are free to visit the Abbey at any time of the day that the ticket is valid for.

Timings:

  • Monday to Friday:  Due to daily service there will be no entry between 12:00pm to 1:00pm. However visitors already in the Abbey do not need to leave during this time.
  • The Abbey is a fully working church therefore we are subject to closures at short notice.

Hop-on Hop-off Services Run Daily

Live Guides;
English speaking live guides operate on many of our open top buses. To guarantee travelling with a live guide for a complete loop, please board the bus at stop 77, London Eye, Belvedere Road, SE1 7GH on the hour.

Bus Frequencies;

26th March onwards 
Full service

Departure points:
You can join the tour from any of our multiple stops. Each of our stops will be clearly signposted with the words Golden Tours sitting below the Transport for London bus stop logo. Each bus stop will also display its stop number. Bus stop numbers can be found in the timetable link; 

Known events or delays that may impact the service;
Click here to view the latest service information

Free Hop-on Hop-off Boat Ride operated by Thames River Sightseeing.

Boats leave every 30 minutes from:

Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment, London SW1A 2JH
Tower Bridge Quay, St Katharine's Way, London E1W 1LD
Greenwich Pier, London, SE10 9HT

The boat cruise is approx. 30 minutes in duration.