Discover Tourist Attractions in London, United Kingdom

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London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom is one of the world’s top tourist destinations.London also boasts one of the planet’s greatest concentrations of cultural attractions. A perfect trip to the capital wouldn’t be complete without seeing the below tourist attractions in London. So, what are you waiting for go-go and discover London with these below-

1. BUCKINGHAM PALACE

Buckingham PalaceBuckingham Palace was built in 1837 and has been the London residence of the Royal Family since Queen Victoria’s accession. Opening Times – 1 February – 25 March : Monday to Saturday 10:00-16:00; 26 March – 31 October : Open daily 10:00-17:00; 1-30 November: Monday to Saturday 10:00-16:00
A typical visit lasts between 2 hours and 2 hours 30 minutes.
Closures
1-2 November 2016, 12 November 2016, 1 December 2016 – 31 January 2017

Tickets and Prices

Royal Day Out

This ticket gives admission to The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace, The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews.

Adult – £39.50
Over 60/Student (with valid ID) – £36.20
Under 17/Disabled – £22.00
Under 5 – Free
Family (2 adults, 3 under 17s) – £100.00

The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace

Adult – £23.00
Over 60/Student (with valid ID) – £21.00
Under 17/Disabled – £13.00
Under 5 – Free
Family (2 adults, 3 under 17s) – £59.00

The State Rooms and Garden Highlights Tour

Adult – £32.50
Over 60/Student (with valid ID) – £30.50
Under 17/Disabled– £19.50
Under 5 -Free
Family (2 adults, 3 under 17s) – £84.50
Changing the Guard is scheduled to take place between April and July. The official start time for the ceremony is 11:30 am.

Point of Interests

THE STATE ROOM: It Comprises of 775 rooms in the Palace including the 19 State Rooms and 78 bathrooms.

THE GRAND STAIRCASE: The entire Staircase is made up of Bronze. The stairs are lit by an etched glass dome in the ceiling.

THE FINE ART: The paintings in the State Rooms also include some wonderful portraits of past and present royals including Queen Victoria, George III and Queen Charlotte.

AUDIO TOUR WITH PRINCE CHARLES: This Audio Tour is absolutely free of cost and this tour is introduced by his Highness. The guidelines of this Audio is available in different languages.

THE THRONE ROOM: This room contains the thrones that are used for investitures and ceremonial receptions.

SEVRES PORCELAIN: It’s got the best collection of Sevres Porcelain and also its one of the world finest Sevres Porcelain.

THE GARDEN/SEPARATE TOUR: This Garden contains more than 350 types of wildflowers, around 200 trees and a three-acre lake. Highlights of the tour include the tennis courts where King George VI and Fred Perry played in the 1930s, the stunning herbaceous boarder, a wisteria-clad Summer House, the Rose Garden and the huge Waterloo Vase.

FLAGS AND CLOCKS: There is always one Flag flying above the palace. There are more than 350 watches and clocks.

THE SPECIAL EXHIBITION: Each year, the Summer Opening offers a special exhibition.

GARDEN CAFÉ AND GARDEN SHOP: The cafe offers a range of light refreshments including tea, coffee, sandwiches and pastries. Most of the products on sale are inspired by works of art in the Royal Collection. You’ll find home wares, china, clothing, jewelry and children’s toys, books and postcards.

GUARD CHANGE AT THE PALACE ENTRANCE: The Guard Changing ceremony is yet another interesting thing to watch. This is an old tradition which is performed at the entrance. A 45 minutes ceremony to witness the grandeur of a royal march with the guards dressed in their ironic red suits and bearskin hats with regimental flags held aloft. The ceremony begins with the New Guard marching from Wellington Barracks to the palace with a marching band, while the mounted Horse Guards leave from the Hyde Park barracks and cross The Mall to St James’ Palace. The official hand-off then takes place in the palace forecourt.

 

2. LONDON EYE

London Eye

London Eye is centrally located in the heart of the capital, gracefully rotating over the River
Thames opposite the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. London Eye is the world’s tallest observation wheel. The experience showcases breathtaking 360-degree views of the capital and its famous landmarks and has been the number one visitor experience in the city for the past decade.

 

Opening Times
Open daily except Christmas Day (25 December)

09:30 am Ticket Office opens 10:00 am first rotation.

2016-2017 Opening Schedules

1st November – 30th November:

Open daily 10.00 – 20.30
1st- 8th January:

Open daily 11.00 – 18:00
9th January -24th January:

Closed for annual maintenance
25th January – 31st January:

Open daily 11.00 – 18:00
The London Eye River Cruise operates daily with cruises departing at 10.45am*, 11.45am, 12.45pm, 13.45pm, 14.45pm, 15.45pm, 16.45pm, 17.45pm*, 18.45pm* and 19.45pm*. Opening times may vary depending on seasonality and special events so please read detailed opening times below and check with our team on arrival.

Tickets and Prices

30-minute rotation

Entry to 4D cinema experience

Type Walk Up price Online price from
Adult (16+ years) £24.95 £21.20
Child (4-15 years) £18.95 £16.10
Under 3 years FREE FREE

For prices for all ticket types, including Fast Track, Flexi Fast Track, Fully

Point of Interests

LONDON EYE 4D EXPERIENCES: See London comes to life through unique perspectives and multi-sensory special effects, including wind, bubbles and scent. The four-minute show is perfect to watch at the start of your visit.

 

3. RIVER THAMES

River Thames

The River Thames is a river that flows through southern England. It is the longest river entirely in England and the second longest in the United Kingdom, after the River Severn.

 

Opening Times

Thames River Winter Service –

31st October 2016 until 3rd April 2017.
Starts at 10.20 am to 16.30 pm

Thames River Summer Service-

3rd April 2017 – 30th October 2017.
Starts at 10.00 am to 18.00 pm

No service on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day

Tickets and Prices

From: Westminster To: Greenwich (Via Cutty Sark)

Ticket Type Single Return
Child £12.55 £14.55
Concession 2 For 1 £15.05 £17.85
Adult £ 24.65 £ 28.65

From: Greenwich to St. Katharines (Via Tower of London)

Ticket Type Single Return
Child £13.93 £15.93
Concession 2 For 1 £7.00 £9.80
Adult £ 29.13 £ 33.13

Point of Interests

SIGHTSEEING TOURS: To quietly admire London’s natural side, take apart in an evening walking tour along the river.
EVENTS ON THE RIVER&HIGH SPEED RIDE: Many Events have taken place such as The Cancer Research UK boat race and the Virgin Money London marathon in April, the Great River Race and the impressive Mayor’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display at the end of December. Also, you can experience London in fast forward on a speedboat tour of London.
CULTURE ALONG THE RIVER: There are plenty of cultural landmarks along the river, theatre, music, film, art, and dance takes place at the various theaters.
PARKS, GARDENS & WILDLIFE: The popular RHS Chelsea Flower Show brings a world of colour and breeze to the river banks.
PUBS AND RESTAURANT: There are various Pubs and Restaurants with the best views of London.

 

4. TOWER OF LONDON

Tower of LondonTower of London has served many purposes, including royal residence, barracks, armory, prison and museum. It’s the most visited of the city’s many tourist attractions. The Tower of London is a 900-year-old castle and fortress in central London that is notable for housing the crown jewels and for holding many famous and infamous prisoners.

 

Opening Times

01 November – 28 February (winter)

Tuesday-Saturday: 09.00 – 16.30
Sunday-Monday: 10.00 – 16.30
Last admission: 16.00

01 March – 31 October (summer)

Tuesday-Saturday: 09.00 – 17.30
Sunday- Monday: 10.00 – 17.30
Last admission: 17.00

All internal buildings close 30 minutes after the last admission.

The Tower is only closed on 24-26 December (inclusive) and 1 January.

The last Yeoman Warder tour starts at 14.30 (winter), 15.30 (summer).

Tickets and Prices

London Pass Benefits: Entry without further payment at the Tower of London

Normal Ticket Price: Adult: £22.50; Child: £10.50

Your ticket includes access to the Tower and the Crown Jewels display, exhibitions including Coins and Kings and Line of Kings, plus the Yeoman Warder guided tour, live historical re-enactments, White Tower tour, children’s activity trails and much more! Individual rate ticket prices include a voluntary donation*.

For visits

1 March 2016 – 28 February 2017

Ticket Type Gate Price Online Rate
Adult £ 25.00 £ 23.10
Child (5-15 Years) Under 5 is Free. £ 12.00 £ 10.50
Concession (Full time students, disabled visitor, over 60 with ID. £ 19.50 £ 17.60
Family(1 Adult) Up to 1 Adult and 3 Children £ 45.00 £ 41.30
Family(2 Adults) Up to 2 Adults and 3 Children £63.00 £ 57.40

Point of Interests
THE WHITE TOWER AND THE LION OF KINGS: The White Tower was named because it’s made up White Stone.This is Located in the center of the Inner Ward. A highlight is Line of Kings with its remarkable displays of royal armor.
THE BLOODY TOWER: It was in the aptly named Bloody Tower because some of the country’s dirtiest deeds done. The tower received its name after the “Princes in the Tower”, Edward and Richard, were murdered by their uncle King Richard III.
TERROR ON TOWER GREEN: Tower Green is where many of the Tower of London’s executions took place and is home to a moving memorial marking the site of the execution block on which condemned prisoners were beheaded.
THE OTHER TOWERS:Middle Tower, was built in the reign of Edward I, and was once accessible only by two drawbridges is one of the finest looking of the site’s many towers.The next Tower is Byward Towers containing guardrooms and machinery. Bell Tower was built by Richard. A fascinating exhibition about these royal beasts is located in the Brick Tower.

THE JEWEL HOUSE: The Jewel House has been home to the Crown Jewels. The unique collection includes St Edward’s Crown, made of pure gold and still used in the crowning of British sovereigns, as well as the Imperial State Crown set with over 2,800 diamonds and other precious stones.
THE ROYAL REGIMENT OF FUSILIERS MUSEUM: This excellent museum portrays the history of the famous Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

 

5. THE BIG BEN

The ElizabethTower is the name of the famous tower of Parliament – more popularly known as Big Ben. The origin of the nickname Big Ben is the subject of some debate. The nickname was applied first to the Great Bell; it may have been named after Sir Benjamin Hall, who oversaw the installation of the Great Bell, or after boxing’s English Heavyweight Champion BenjaminPoint of Interests

Big Ben

BELL OF THE CLOCK: The Houses of Parliament and Elizabeth Tower, commonly called Big Ben, are among London’s most iconic landmarks and must-see London attractions. Technically, Big Ben is the name given to the massive bell inside the clock tower, which weighs more than 13 tons.
BIG BEN FACTS: Each dial is seven meters in diameter. The minute hands are 4.2 meters long (14ft) and weigh about 100kg (220lbs, including counterweights) The numbers are approximately 60cm (23in) long. There are 312 pieces of glass in each clock dial A special light above the clock faces is illuminated when parliament is in session Big Ben’s timekeeping is strictly regulated by a stack of coins placed on the huge pendulum. Big Ben has rarely stopped. Even after a bomb destroyed the Commons chamber during the Second World War, the clock tower survived and Big Ben continued to strike the hours.The chimes of Big Ben were first broadcast by the BBC on 31 December 1923, a tradition that continues to this day.

Opening Times

Tours Mon to Fri : 9.15am, 10.15am, 11.15am & 2.15pm | Max number: 16 people per tour

Tickets and Prices

Free – but by prior arrangement only

 

6. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL

Pauls CathedralSt Paul’s Cathedral, the iconic landmark that now stands in the city. St Paul’s Cathedral features many stunning design features, including the mesmerizing Geometric staircase that looks like the shell of a giant snail. Take advantage of a touch-screen multimedia guide or join a guided tour to explore this iconic building, both now included with the sightseeing admission charge.

 

Opening Times

Sightseeing opening hours – Monday to Saturday
8.30am Doors open for sightseeing

9.30am Galleries open for access

4pm Last tickets issued

4.15pm Last entry to galleries

4.30pm Cathedral closes for sightseeing

Most visitors spend in the region of 1.5 – 2 hours inside St Paul’s.

On Sunday the Cathedral is open for worship only.

Tickets and Prices

Ticket Type Individual (Gate Price) 10+ Group (Online Price)
Adults £ 18.00 £ 16.00
Concessions (Students & Seniors) £ 16.00 £ 14.00
Child £ 8.00 £ 7.00
Family £ 44.00 £ 39.00

Filming and photography is not allowed inside the Cathedral, but is permitted on the external galleries, without tripods, on a non-commercial basis. No large bags, large rucksacks or large suitcases may be brought into St Paul’s Cathedral.

Point of Interests

CHORAL EVENSONG SESSIONS: Monday to Saturday 5pm, Sunday 3.15pm.
AUDIO COMMENTARY: The main entry ticket you can hear the 15–20 minute introductory talk and take the 90-minute guided tours that run Monday to Saturday from 10am to 2pm.
WHISPERING GALLERY: Buy the sightseeing ticket to walk around inside the Cathedral, venturing down to the Crypt to see the tombs of Admiral Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and Sir Christopher Wren, and climbing up into the dome. Here the circular walkway around the inside edge of the dome is called the Whispering Gallery.

7. BRITISH MUSEUM

British MuseumBritish museum Founded in 1753 is one of greatest museums in the world. World-famous objects such as the Rosetta stone, Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies are visited by up to six million visitors per year. Under one roof enjoy a unique treasures of world culture.

 

Opening Times

Open daily 10.00–17.30
The Museum is closed 24, 25 and 26 December and 1 January, but is open every other day of the year.

Tickets and Prices

Admission is free however, ticket prices varies with different exhibitions.

Point of Interests

THREE HUMAN FIGURINES
ASSYRIAN LION HUNT
COPPER COFFEE HOUSE TOKEN
HELMET & CRUSHED SKULL FROM UR
COLOSSAL HORSE FROM HALIKARNASSOS
SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS & DISLAYS

8. HYDE PARK

Hyde ParkHyde Park is a huge green space Covering 350 acre, home to Diana Memorial Fountain, with boating and swimming in the Serpentine Lake.London’s largest open space and has been a destination for sightseers since 1635.

 

Opening Times
Hyde Park is open from 5:00 am until midnight all year round.

Tickets and Prices

Ticket Prices varies with events and exhibitions.

Point of Interests

THE ROSE GARDEN:
It is located in the south east corner of Hyde Park, south of Serpentine Road near Hyde Park Corner. The best time to see the roses is early summer, although they continue to flower through to the first frosts. The flower beds are planted twice a year with spring and summer displays.
ROYAL PARK FOUNDATION: The Education Centre, run by The Royal Parks Foundation, enables people of all ages, abilities and communities to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and learn hands-on about the natural world or enjoy health and well being activities, such as yoga and meditation.
EVENTS: Royal Gun Salutes; the number of rounds fired in a Royal Gun Salute depends on the place and occasion. The basic salute is 21 rounds.
MEMORIALS STATUES & FOUNTAINS: Diana Memorial fountain, 7 July Memorial, Statue of Achilles, Joy of Life Fountain, Holocaust Memorial, Cavalry Memorial, The Hudson Memorial Bird Sanctuary.
SPEAKER’S CORNER: Speakers’ Corner is located on the north-east edge of Hyde Park, nearest Marble Arch and Oxford Street. Even today, on a Sunday morning, it’s not unusual to find crowds gathering at Speakers’ Corner to listen to enthusiasts expounding their views.

 

9. WESTMINSTER-ABBEY

Westminster AbbeyThe Abbey stands next to the Houses of Parliament on the edge of the River Thames and parts of the structure have survived since 1050 although the building began as a shrine established here in 616. Westminster Abbey, formally titled the Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster, is a large, mainly Gothic abbey church in the City of Westminster, London.

 

Opening Times
Monday to Friday 9:30 – 15:30

Saturday 9:30 – 13:30

Sunday Closed

Tickets and Prices

Adults: £20
Concessions (60+ and students on production of valid student ID): £17
Children (6 – 16 years): £9
Children 0 – 5 years free accompanied by an adult
Family (2 adults and 1 child): £40
Family (2 adults and 2 children): £45
A price varies for Group, Universities and UK School visits.

Point of Interests

ARCHITECTURAL MASTERPIECE: Westminster Abbey is one of the world’s greatest churches; Westminster Abbey presents a unique pageant of British history – the shrine of St Edward the Confessor, the tombs of kings and queens, and countless memorials to the famous and the great.With a history stretching back over a thousand years and an essential part of any trip to London. Every year Westminster Abbey welcomes over one million visitors who want to explore this wonderful 700-year-old building. An architectural masterpiece of the 13th to 16th centuries.
SERVICE: Throughout the day on Sunday, Westminster Abbey is open for services. Members of the public can attend for the purpose of worshiping at absolutely NO COST.
AUDIO GUIDE: Entrance ticket for Westminster Abbey, including audio guide. Learn about the Abbey’s fascinating history and royal connections from your audio guide.

10. SEA LIFE LONDON AQUARIUM

Sea Life AquariumThe Sea Life London Aquarium is located on the ground floor of County Hall on the South Bank of the River Thames in central London, near the London Eye. One of the most popular and dramatic displays at SEA LIFE London Aquarium is the shark reef.

 

Opening Times

Open 7 days a week (except Christmas Day)
Monday – Friday
00 – 19.00 (last entry 18.00)
Saturday – Sunday
09.00 – 19.00 (last entry 18.00)

Tickets and Prices

SHARK EXPERIENCES : From £80.00
SEA LIFE TICKETS: From £19.50
ULTIMATE AQUARIUM VISIT: From £32.00
UNIQUE EXPERIENCES: From £7.05
GROUPS & SCHOOLS: From £16.92
SEA LIFE + 1 ATTRACTION: £39.00
SEA LIFE + 2 ATTRACTIONS: From £48.00
SEA LIFE + 3 ATTRACTIONS: From £55.00

*Online Tickets are cheaper

Point of Interests

GIFT SHOPS & RESTURANTS: Best place for lunch and dinner inside the aquarium.
SHARK REEF: Encounter sinister Sand Tiger sharks, Bow Mouths, Black Tips and Grey Reefs. It’s as close as you can be to these fascinating and eerie creatures of the deep without getting wet!
EXCELLENCE: It is a leading centre of excellence on marine management, conservation, preservation and education in the heart of the capital.

Conclusion- These are only a few out of the numerous top attractions that the city offers. For example National Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal Opera House, Wembley Stadium, Piccadilly Circus, Queen’s Gallery are also very popular and worth mentioning. Do not miss any of these and have a great time discovering London, the queen city.

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