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): 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. Operating again from 12th Feb 2022. 
  • The Pick Up/Drop Off Route (Yellow and Green routes): Operating in the morning and late afternoon, this route travels from the popular hotel districts to Central London. 

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 24hr River Thames Hop-on Hop-off 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 hop-on hop-off boat ride. Departing from Westminster and taking you to St Katharine’s Pier, 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. Tickets are valid for 24 hours (unlimited usage within this time) so you can see the best of London at your own leisure!

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Additional Information

Inclusions:

  • 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 24 hours only applicable with the 24 or 48 hour bus ticket*

Exclusions:

  • 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.
  • Face coverings are mandatory when inside the Abbey, Abbey Shop and St Margaret's Church, unless exempt.
  • Social distancing is encouraged in areas which are small and confined.
  • Hand sanitiser is available throughout the Abbey.
  • If you need any help during your visit, please speak to our staff.

Please Note For Thames River Boat Ride

  • Valid for 24 hours from when you first hop-on the boat
  • Unlimited usage within the 24 hours 
  • Only to be used between Westminster Pier and St Katharine’s Pier
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;

10th January to 11th February 2022:
No 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 (Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment, London SW1A 2JH)
Embankment Pier (Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment, London WS2N 6NU)
Festival Pier (Festival Pier, South Bank, London SE1 9PX)
Bankside Pier (Bankside Pier, Bankside, London SE1 9DT)
St Katharine’s Pier - for Tower of London - (St Katharine’s Pier, St Katharine's Way, London E1W 1LD)

Cruise Timetable; 

Westminster Pier to Tower Bridge Quay and Greenwich Pier 11:00, 11:40, 12:20, 13:00, 13:40, 14:20, 15:00, 15:40, 16:20 & 17:00
Embankment Pier to Tower Bridge Quay and Greenwich Pier 11:05, 11:45, 12:25, 13:05, 13:45, 14:25, 15:05, 15:45, 16:25* & 17:05*
Festival Pier to Tower Bridge Quay and Greenwich Pier 11:10, 11:50, 12:30, 13:10, 13:50, 14:30, 15:10, 15:50, 16:30* & 17:10*
Bankside Pier to Tower Bridge Quay and Greenwich Pier 11:25, 12:05, 12:45, 13:25, 14:05, 14:45, 15:25 16:05 16:45* 17:25*
Tower Bridge Quay to Greenwich Pier 11:40, 12:20, 13:00, 13:40, 14:20, 15:00, 15:40 16:20
Tower Bridge Quay to Westminster Pier 12:40, 13:20, 14:00 14:40, 15:20 16:00 16:40 17:20
Greenwich Pier to Tower Bridge Quay and Westminster Pier 12:10 12:50 13:30 14:10 14:50 15:30 16:10** 16:50**

*These departures are only from Westminster to Tower Bridge Quay returning to Westminster (no Greenwich service)
**(One-Way) – These departures are one-way only without return service to Greenwich

The boat cruise is approx. 30 minutes in duration.