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Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour

1. Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour

Walk in the footsteps of your favorite wizards (and witches) around Muggle London. Your Harry Potter enthusiast guide will be armed with weird and wonderful trivia all along the way.  Meet your guide and start your adventure by finding out which Hogwarts House you belong in. Compete against other Houses in an interactive quiz as you see the sites that inspired J.K. Rowling, from Shakespeare's Globe to the London alleys that inspired Knockturn Alley. Highlights include passing The Leaky Cauldron, the secret wizarding inn. Explore the real Diagon Alley, where Harry buys his first wand. Even see the bridge destroyed by the Death Eaters in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince".  For part of your guided tour, choose to either take the London Underground or a short boat trip down the Thames. Both options follow this itinerary:  1. Southwark Cathedral 2. Borough Market 3. The Golden Hinde 4. Winchester Palace 5. The Clink Prison Museum 6. Shakespeare's Globe 7. Millennium Bridge 8. Daniel Radcliffe's School 9. The London Eye 10. River Thames 11. Sherlock Holmes' Pub 12. Great Scotland Yard 13. Gringotts Wizarding Bank 14. The world's smallest police station 15. Trafalgar Square 16. Knockturn Alley 17. Diagon Alley 18. Palace Theatre

London: Wembley Stadium Guided Tour

2. London: Wembley Stadium Guided Tour

Follow in the footsteps of Legends. The Wembley Stadium Tour lets you explore the behind-the-scenes of the UK’s largest sports and music venue. Taking you deep into the heart of the stadium, this award-winning tour includes the Dressing Rooms, the Press Conference Room, Players’ Tunnel, Pitchside, and the iconic Royal Box. This tour gives you the chance to relive the stadium’s greatest moments, from England’s glorious 1966 World Cup victory, UEFA Champions League triumphs, the ongoing tradition of the Emirates FA Cup Final, countless sell-out concerts, and more. The Crossbar Exhibition and The Walk of Legends unlock the Wembley archives to showcase the Stadium’s origins, rich history, and heritage dating back as far as The British Empire Exhibition of 1924. Visitors will be able to download an app-based guide on arrival at the Stadium. QR codes will allow visitors to scan and access the digital content on their own devices. There is free wi-fi access for those visitors not able to use their mobile data.

London: London by Night Sightseeing Open-Top Bus Tour

3. London: London by Night Sightseeing Open-Top Bus Tour

Experience London’s grand architecture and vibrant atmosphere which are impressive by day, and which truly come alive at night. Add a spark to your London trip and enjoy this city tour aboard an open-top bus. See the famous landmarks lit up against the night sky. Witness the Tower of London and Tower Bridge standing proud amongst the skyline and feel a thrill as you glide past the monumental Big Ben. Witnessthe fountains of Trafalgar Square dance with joy from the light that shines within them, and let the neon screens of Piccadilly Circus dazzle and thrill. As you pass Harrods, witness the exquisite lights which are evocative of Christmas, even in summer. Learn about the history of landmarks like St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey from your guide and hear fascinating stories about the city. Embark on a fun and informative tour suitable for families and groups of friends.

London: Tower of London Early Access Tour with Beefeater

4. London: Tower of London Early Access Tour with Beefeater

Explore one of the oldest monuments in London on an early morning guided tour of the Tower of London, and see the Crown Jewels before the crowds arrive. Skip the long lines to the legendary site, where 3 English queens were executed, and get a brief introduction to the origins of the attraction before you meet one of the Yeomen Warders, more commonly known as Beefeaters. Learn about the traditions of these elite guardsmen, historically responsible for the prisoners at the tower and for safeguarding the Crown Jewels. Journey through centuries of British history and see where Guy Fawkes was put on trial. Marvel at magnificent orbs, swords, rings, crowns, and scepters used for royal ceremonies and coronations. Stay at the Tower of London to explore at your own pace once your official tour is over.

London Bridge Experience and Tombs Entrance Ticket

5. London Bridge Experience and Tombs Entrance Ticket

Discover The London Bridge Experience set in the deep historical vaults of the world-famous London Bridge. Experience the dark history of London Bridge first-hand as it is brought to life right in front of your eyes on this interactive character lead adventure. Move through history and meet some of London Bridges' most gruesome characters from its bloody past, including William Wallace and Jack the Ripper. See, hear and even smell what London Bridge was really like through its 2,000-year history.  Then for that brave enough, laugh, scream and possibly cry whilst braving the passages of the London Tombs. With live actors in the tombs playing zombies and jumping out and scaring you as much as possible, this is experience is not for the faint-hearted. For those with younger guests, the Guardian Angel tour allows the zombies to be kept at bay as you explore. 

From London: Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral & Dover

6. From London: Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral & Dover

Escape the bustle of London on a full-day sightseeing tour of the English countryside. You will head to the Garden of England, with visits to Kent’s Leeds Castle, the White Cliffs of Dover, and Canterbury Cathedral. The journey takes you over the Greenwich Meridian and past the London district that is home to the famous Cutty Sark tea clipper, and the Royal Observatory. Then see Leeds Castle, described by Lord Conway as “the loveliest castle in the world.” Set in the middle of a lake, and surrounded by 500 acres of parkland and gardens, enter the castle before the doors open to the public, and experience its magic in an atmosphere of still tranquility. Have time to explore the castle grounds and find the Lady Baillie Garden, with views over the lake. Next, make your way to Canterbury and visit the historic Canterbury Cathedral. The most important Anglican church in the world, the central Bell Harry Tower dates back to 1498, and the crypt is from the 11th-Century. Your guide will tell the story of the shocking murder of Archbishop Thomas Beckett in 1170, and there will also be time to explore the narrow streets of Canterbury, with an opportunity to stop for lunch. Continue your tour through the picturesque landscape of Kent, dotted with unusual buildings and quaint villages. Arrive at Dover, to see the famous White Cliffs, standing 400 feet above sea level. Brooding above the cliffs is the sprawling Dover Castle, still watching over the town after 800 years.

Blenheim Palace, Downton Abbey Village & the Cotswolds

7. Blenheim Palace, Downton Abbey Village & the Cotswolds

Blenheim Palace Blenheim Palace is a masterpiece of English Baroque architecture and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. The stunning State Rooms are brimming with priceless works of art and magnificent tapestries. The Palace is still inhabited today by the Duke of Marlborough. The Gardens are set in over 754 hectares of land with an exquisite water garden. The Cotswolds In the Cotswolds you'll visit one the areas most beautiful villages, Bourton-on-the-Water. This is a must-see village, referred to as the 'Venice of the Cotswolds' due to the number of attractive bridges that cross the gently-flowing river at its center. Downton Abbey Village Visit the village of Bampton; the film setting for many of the famous landmarks featured in the popular Downton Abbey TV series. See the buildings that played the part of the home of Isobel Crawley, the Downton Cottage Hospital, the church and also the location for two fictional local pubs, The Grantham Arms and The Dog & Duck.

London: Guided Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour

8. London: Guided Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour

Grab your deerstalker and take a Sherlock Holmes Tour of London. Explore places featured in the books, real sites that inspired Arthur Conan Doyle and locations featured in film and TV adaptations of the detective's great adventures. The tour starts at the very place where Holmes and Watson first meet and continues to gentlemen’s clubs and grand hotels featured in some of the novels and short stories. Discover the London that inspired the author of the books, Arthur Conan Doyle. Visit many of the film and TV locations that have been featured in famous screen adaptations with Jeremy Brett, Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey Jr. Along the way you will have plenty of opportunities to take pictures and see the locations up-close. This Sherlock Holmes walk is a must for real fans of Holmes and Watson!

London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

9. London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

Join a local guide as you are served a slice of world-famous ceremonial action with a private or shared group tour Changing of the Guards experience. There is so much more to this extravagant shift change than meets the eye. With your guide to lead the way, you’ll soon know your Welsh from your Grenadier guard, and understand what the deal is with those fuzzy bearskin hats. Hear the astounding origins of this dazzling spectacle and get a handle on the significance of every color, button, mascot, symbol, and movement in this most British of traditions. From the best possible viewing point, your small group will join the guards on their journey toward Buckingham Palace as you march to the beat of their drums. Get as close as possible with the opportunity to take some amazing snapshots.

London: Tower of London Beefeater Welcome & Crown Jewels

10. London: Tower of London Beefeater Welcome & Crown Jewels

Experience the Crown Jewels, the famous ravens and incredible royal history on this tour of the Tower led by an expert English-speaking local guide. Beat the crowds with your early access ticket and witness as history comes alive at the Tower of London. Your guide for part of the tour will be a Yeoman Warder, better known as a Beefeater. Prepare to be awed as they share with stories about the site. Ask questions, and take a peek into what a day in the life of a Beefeater is like. Feel the thrill of seeing the world famous Crown Jewels, Ravens Den and White Tower. Learn about the notorious Tower Executions site, and take a walk on the historic battlements. Explore other attractions at your leisure after the tour, like the Towers Mint, Bloody Tower and Medieval Palace.

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New York walking tours: Everything you need to know

Experience the city like a true New Yorker with a walking tour in New York City. Along with being a mecca for theater and the arts, it is home to many world-famous landmarks. Among them are must-sees like the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York City was given the nickname of “the city that never sleeps” because the fun never stops there. Late into the night, you can experience New York City at a nightclub or rooftop bar. If you’re lucky, you might even spot Beyoncé or Brad Pitt at celebrity hotspots like SoHo House New York or the Brooklyn Mirage.

You can find New York walking tours that are very economical, and some even free. With knowledgeable and humorous guides, walking tours give you deep insight into the city’s culture. Along the way your guide will allow for pit stops so that you can tour a building, grab a bite to eat or take a quick bathroom break.

Walking tours allow you to discover the architecture, waterfront, and bright lights of the city. In addition, you’ll get the chance to chat with the locals about the history and economic development of each borough.

What can you experience on a New York City Walking Tour?

You’ll get the chance to explore entire boroughs. Visit Harlem (home of the Apollo Theater and a great place for gospel music), Brooklyn (for NBA fans), and Manhattan Chinatown (an excellent neighborhood for foodies). Some New York City tours are also tailored to your interests, such as photography, shopping, culinary arts, and New York City architecture.

Neighborhood walking tours in New York

Indulge yourself in the Harlem Renaissance on a walking tour of the borough. Stop by theneighborhood’s soul food restaurants (like the popular Sylvia’s). You can also listen to good music that will have you clapping your hands and tapping your feet. If you’re looking for another great place for a walking tour then don’t miss Brooklyn. Here you’ll find lots of fine food and many places to shop for chic clothes. If you’re an art buff, SoHo might be an ideal place for you to explore. The neighborhood houses numerous art collections, like the popular National Geographic Gallery.

See the Neon Lights: Experience the bright lights and feel the magic during a night walking tour on Broadway. Other evening walking tours include the New York Seaport/Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, and Times Square.

Ghost tours in New York

Become acquainted with the ghosts of New York City on a walking tour through the village of Greenwich. You’ll stop by haunted buildings like the Stonewall Inn and Friend Building. If you don’t believe in ghosts already, you just might after this tour.

Photography tours in New York

New York City provides ample opportunities to get just the right photo. On this tour you’ll join a guide who is also an experienced photographer. They will know all the best places to get unobstructed shots of historic buildings or landmarks like the Empire State Building. You can also capture motion and movement shots of the hustle and bustle of New York at Grand Central Station.

Theater walking tours in New York

The Lion King, Hamilton, and the Phantom of the Opera have been some of the greatest productions on Broadway. Likewise, many famous movie stars, including Laurence Fishburne, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Julie Andrews, have performed there. As you take a walking tour of Broadway, you’ll feel the excitement when you look up at the lit marquee of each theater. On this tour you’ll see numerous theaters, such as the New Amsterdam Theater, American Airlines Theater, Music Box Theater, and the historic Hudson Theater. During some walking tours, you can even go inside the theaters to get behind the scenes of Broadway’s theater productions.

Special walking tours in New York

New York City is unique, so expect to find an array of unusual walking tours. You can, for example join the Hip Hop Tour, the Sopranos Sites Tour (inspired by the TV show) or the New York Street Art walking tour. There is even a holiday lights tour during the Christmas season.

Are there added extras with New York City walking tours?

Some New York City walking tours include added amenities like food tastings, free drinks (for the pub crawl), admission to an attraction, and complimentary gifts. If you choose a self-guided tour, you can often download an audio guide from the Google Play Store or iTunes.


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What people are saying about London

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4.5 / 5

based on 14,011 reviews

A great tour with a small group was just what we needed. Really enjoyed the early tour and the time with the Beefeaters. Our tour guy did a good job of giving us information before we went into the tower of London, guiding us to what we needed to see and explaining what we were seeing as well. Would definitely recommend this is a must see if for the Tower of London.

The guide really knew his stuff, providing interesting insights into the various places we visited. Due to the Queen's death and the plans for the funeral, Tim had to improvise a bit. I strongly wearing comfortable shoes with thick soles and bring water. You will learn a great deal.

Very organized tour and guide was very helpful. The bus left an arrived on time. Unfortunately our tour of Windsor castle was cancelled since the Queen passed but we appreciate that we were still brought to the castle grounds to walk around and see tributes to the queen.

Wonderful trip through the English countryside. The motor coach was comfortable, albeit inconsistent WiFi. The guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. There adequate time to enjoy each location. Highly recommended!

Great day trip. Eugene, our guild, was very knowledgeable and funny.