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London: Tower of London and Crown Jewels Exhibition Ticket

1. London: Tower of London and Crown Jewels Exhibition Ticket

Take a tour of the timeless Tower of London – part of British history since the 11th century. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built in 1086 by William the Conqueror.  Discover London’s castle – a secure fortress, royal palace, and infamous prison. Spot the ravens that live on the premises and find out why they are known as the guardians of the Tower. Stroll across Tower Green to see where many executions took place, including those of 2 of Henry VIII's wives. You will also have access to the inside of the tower. Prepare to be dazzled by the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom. These priceless symbols of the British Monarchy compose the greatest working collection of crown jewels in the world. Pore over the 23,578 gems, including the glistening Imperial State Crown - this piece alone has 2,868 diamonds, 273 pearls, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, and 5 rubies. Gain valuable insights into the Towers History from some of its most famous residents, The Yeoman Body. Whilst Tours may be currently unavailable, the Yeoman Warders will be on hand to provide fascinating stories of the Tower through the ages.

Madame Tussauds London

2. Madame Tussauds London

Millions of people have flocked through the doors of London’s Madame Tussauds since it first opened more than 200 years ago. Add your name to the list and make your way up the red carpet to see all your favorite stars. The museum-style ropes and poles have gone, so you can truly get up close and personal with A-list celebrities, sporting legends, political heavyweights, and historical icons. Relive the moments and events that made the world take notice. Join your favorite celebrities at the ultimate party including Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy. Strut your stuff on the catwalk with Cara, join the Royal Family on the iconic balcony, and take a selfie with royal couple Harry and Meghan. Explore the jungles of Kong: Skull Island with Tom Hiddleston as Captain James Conrad or hail a London cab for a journey through 400 years of the capital’s history. Then use the force to be transported to a galaxy far, far away and star in the action with the greats of the Star Wars universe.

London: Entry Ticket to London Dungeon with Optional Drinks

3. London: Entry Ticket to London Dungeon with Optional Drinks

Get entry tickets to the London Dungeon, a uniquely thrilling attraction that will whisk you way back to the city's most perilous past. See, hear, and feel the chillingly amusing characters of the 'bad old days’ as they come to life. Upgrade your experience to include a cocktail in the tavern. Step inside Sweeney Todd’s infamous barber shop on Fleet Street and let him give your life a short back and sides. Then tread cautiously through the streets of Whitechapel, as Jack the Ripper could be lurking just around the corner. End your visit by being sentenced for your crimes and sent to Newgate Prison Ride to Doom. On the off chance you survive all of that, round off your journey with a visit to the Dungeon Tavern; hear the latest gossip, and share a drink with the locals.

Windsor Castle Admission Ticket

4. Windsor Castle Admission Ticket

Established in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. It has been remodeled by a succession of kings and queens, including Henry II, Charles II, and George IV. Your ticket provides admission to the Castle, including the magnificent State Apartments, which are furnished with some of the finest treasures from the royal collection. Among the masterpieces are paintings by Holbein, Rubens, and Van Dyck, as well as fine English and French furniture. During the winter months, the sumptuous private apartments created by George IV, known as the Semi-State Rooms, are added to the visitor route. Your admission also includes access to St. George's Chapel (except on Sundays). This is one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings in England, and is the final resting place for 10 monarchs, including Henry VIII and Charles I. There is a lot to see and do at Windsor Castle, so please allow enough time to make the most of your visit, which is likely to last between 2.5 and 3 hours. The Castle is situated at the top of a steep hill, and the visitor route covers long distances, so comfortable shoes are advised.

From London: Stonehenge Half-Day Trip with Audio Guide

5. From London: Stonehenge Half-Day Trip with Audio Guide

Discover one of the most famous prehistoric monuments in the world on a half-day trip to Stonehenge. Travel to the site from London by air-conditioned vehicle and enjoy views of the English landscape en route. Download an audio guide on your smartphone to use while you explore on your own. Situated on Salisbury Plain in the Wiltshire countryside, the cluster of 40-ton rocks was constructed more than 5,000 years ago.  Although the function of Stonehenge is still a matter of fierce debate, what is known about the UNESCO World Heritage Site is that it has been a site of pagan worship for centuries. Make up your own mind as you uncover the history behind the extraordinary monument. A new world-class visitor center is now a short shuttle bus ride away from the stone circle site and combines cutting-edge audiovisuals with exhibitions of ancient objects.

London: Full-Day Windsor, Stonehenge, and Oxford Tour

6. London: Full-Day Windsor, Stonehenge, and Oxford Tour

Enjoy a full day of English heritage visiting the exquisite Windsor Castle, captivating Stonehenge, and the beautiful university city of Oxford. On this day trip departing from London, you get the whistle-stop tour of these unique sites with interesting commentary from your guide along the way. Start your day at Windsor Castle, one of the official residences of HM King Charles III. Visit the magnificent State Apartments still used for state occasions and royal receptions (if option selected). Take some time to explore the castle grounds and the 14th century St. George's Chapel, where you can admire one of the most beautiful examples of medieval church architecture in England. Next, go to the standing stones of Stonehenge, still clouded in mystery as an amazing feat of human engineering. Explore the prehistoric stone circle and learn about the theories around its construction (if option selected). Continue to the university city of Oxford, known as "The City of Dreaming Spires." A seat of learning since 1249, it's an idyllic location to explore on a fascinating walking tour.

London: London Eye and Madame Tussauds Combo Ticket

7. London: London Eye and Madame Tussauds Combo Ticket

This combo ticket will give you access to two of London’s most iconic attractions. See the city like never before from The London Eye, before mingling with your favorite stars at Madame Tussauds.  Begin at The London Eye, where you’ll get the city’s best views of Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and Buckingham Palace. Experience London from a different angle on the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel, 135 meters above the city. Then, head to the iconic Madame Tussaud’s and make your way up the red carpet to see all your favorite stars. Get up close to A-list celebrities, sporting legends, political heavyweights, and historical icons, as well as the Royal Family on the Royal Balcony. 

From London: Half-Day Stonehenge Tour with Admission Ticket

8. From London: Half-Day Stonehenge Tour with Admission Ticket

Visit one of the most famous pre-historic sites in the world on this half-day morning tour to Stonehenge. Your priority group admission ticket is included, allowing access to the monument, exhibition and site shuttle bus.   Depart London at 7:30 AM to be some of the first visitors that arrive at the site. Learn about the history of this monument from your driver/guide, and take advantage of the audio-guides available upon arrival.   Situated on Salisbury Plain in the Wiltshire countryside, Stonehenge is said to have been constructed more than 5,000 years ago. Enjoy the views of the surrounding plain, visit the monument, and explore the exhibition for approximately 2 hours. Head back to Central London for around 1:30 PM, so you’ll have time to sightsee for the rest of the day.

From London: Half-Day Trip to Windsor with Castle Tickets

9. From London: Half-Day Trip to Windsor with Castle Tickets

Discover the beautiful town of Windsor on a half-day tour from London. Enjoy a scenic journey to Windsor and explore the iconic Windsor Castle with an admission ticket. You will see the castle, surrounding areas, and more before returning to London. Board a bus as it makes its way to the historic town of Windsor. On arrival, enter Windsor Castle and discover the official residence of His Majesty King Charles III at your own pace. Learn about the history of the castle and working palace, from its 11th-century origins following the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror. Stroll the beautiful grounds and view the castle's imposing architecture from the outside. Return to London in the early afternoon, leaving you with plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the day to get on with your plans. 

Little Venice: Regent’s Canal Waterbus Boat Trip to Camden

10. Little Venice: Regent’s Canal Waterbus Boat Trip to Camden

Travel from picturesque Little Venice to vibrant Camden Market along the Regent's Canal on a relaxing sightseeing cruise. This waterway is a leisurely corridor through London, navigated by leisure boats and lined with quirky houseboats. You'll pass by Regent’s Park, the grounds of London Zoo and through the echoey depths of the 248 meter Maida Hill tunnel. Each boat has slide opening windows throughout, so everyone gets a view. As you pass through London Zoo, keep an eye out for warthogs and African hunting dogs, which can often be seen as the boat passes their canal-side enclosure. Travel past the homes of well-known musicians, actors and celebrities. You will also be able to see the expansive and landscaped back gardens of grand houses used by ambassadors and visiting international diplomats. Arrive in the heart of Camden Market, home to a vast array of world class traders and international cuisines.

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We loved it! Our guide Nathan was amazing, knowledgeable and we learned a lot of facts about the Royal family and their ancestors. He knew exactly where to stand to get the best videos and pictures, because it gets really busy. Highly recommended!

Excellent tour by Urban Saunters. Francis really knew his stuff and found us all the best spots. It was fun keeping up with him! One needs a certain level of attentiveness as you're constantly on the move in a crowd.

Dann the Welsh driver is the best! A good driver, attentive, clear and concise in his stories and narratives. We learnt a lot. Plus good music! Hello from the Greek couple!

We had a great time. We loved Bath, but I wish we had 1 more hour there. It felt a bit rushed. We had plenty of time at Stonehenge though.

It was wonderful. Simon was a perfect guide for us!