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Stop At: Westminster Abbey, 20 Dean's Yard Broad Sanctuary, London SW1P 3PA England
Westminster Abbey, is a large, mainly Gothic abbey church in the City of Westminster, London, England, just to the west of the Palace of Westminster. It is one of the United Kingdom's most notable religious buildings and the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English and, later, British monarchs.
According to a tradition first reported by Sulcard in about 1080, a church was founded at the site (then known as Thorn Ey (Thorn Island)) in the seventh century, at the time of Mellitus, a Bishop of London. Construction of the present church began in 1245, on the orders of King Henry III.
Since the coronation of William the Conqueror in 1066, all coronations of English and British monarchs have been in Westminster Abbey. There have been 16 royal weddings at the Abbey since 1100. As the burial site of more than 3,300 persons, usually of predominant prominence in British history (including at least sixteen monarchs, eight prime ministers, poets laureate, actors, scientists, and military leaders, and the Unknown Warrior), Westminster Abbey is sometimes described as 'Britain's Valhalla’, after the iconic burial hall of Norse mythology.
Westminster abbey had the status of a cathedral for 10 years (1540-1550) under the rule of Henry VIII. By granting the abbey cathedral status, Henry VIII gained an excuse to spare it from the destruction or dissolution which he inflicted on most English abbeys during the Reformation of the English Church.
The abbey was restored to the Benedictines under the Catholic Mary I of England. However. In 1560, Elizabeth re-established Westminster as a ‘Royal Peculiar’ – a church of the Church of England responsible directly to the Sovereign.
On 29 April 2011, the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton occurred at the Abbey.
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries have been created in the triforium of the abbey. This is a display area for the abbey's treasures in the galleries high up around the abbey's nave. Moreover, a new gothic access tower with a lift was designed by the abbey architect and Surveyor of the Fabric, Ptolemy Dean and is open to visit today.
The deep history of Westminster Abbey makes it a central and iconic part of London’s heritage.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: St. Paul's Cathedral, St Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD England
St pauls cathedral
St Pauls Cathedral, London, is an Anglican cathedral, the seat of the Bishop of London and the mother church of the Diocese of London. It sits on Ludgate Hill at the highest point of the City of London.
The present cathedral, dating from the late 17th century was designed in the English Baroque style by Sir Christopher Wren. Its construction, completed in Wren's lifetime, was part of a major rebuilding programme in the City after the Great Fire of London. The cathedral is one of the most famous and most recognisable sights of London. Its dome, framed by the spires of Wren's City churches, has dominated the skyline for over 300 years. At 365 feet (111 m) high, it was the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1967.
Services held at St Paul's have included the funerals of Admiral Nelson, the Duke of Wellington, Sir Winston Churchill and Baroness Thatcher; jubilee celebrations for Queen Victoria; peace services marking the end of the First and Second World Wars; the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer; and the thanksgiving services for the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees and the 80th and 90th birthdays of Queen Elizabeth II.
St Paul's Cathedral is a busy church with four or five services every day, including Matins, Eucharist and Evening Prayer or Choral Evensong. In addition, the cathedral has many special services associated with the City of London, its corporation, guilds and institutions. The cathedral, as the largest church in London, also has a role in many state functions such as the service celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
The cathedral is open daily to tourists and has a regular programme of organ recitals and other performances.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Tower of London, St Katharine's & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB England
The Tower of London is one of the world’s most famous fortresses and has seen service as royal palace, prison, armoury and even a zoo. The ancient stones hold within them dark secrets, as fortified vaults shine with priceless jewels and historic uniformed Beefeaters stroll the grounds. Situated in Central London, just a stone’s throw from the River Thames, the Tower of London is one of the city's premier attractions
Duration: 2 hours
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Infants must sit on laps
- Infant seats available
- Service animals allowed
- Stroller accessible
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Most travelers can participate
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Private transportation
- WiFi on board
- Entry/Admission - Westminster Abbey
- Entry/Admission - St. Paul's Cathedral
- Entry/Admission - Tower of London
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