Make the most out of your time in England, and combine your pre cruise transfer from London to Southampton cruise terminal with a visit to Wesminster Abbey. This service is available daily except Sunday
Enjoy a stress free door to door cruise transfer, with travel by luxury private vehicle
Collection from any London city centre hotel or Airbnb property
Entry to Westminster Abbey included (you must select the number of entry tickets you need, at time of booking)
Flexible booking guarantee!
You will be met at your London address by one of our professional, friendly drivers who will drive you directly to Westminster Abbey.
Your Westminster Abbey Entry tickets include:
Priority access avoiding the queues at the normal visitor entry
Guided tour with a professional qualified guide in a small group (maximum 20)
Enjoy coffee and pastries in the 14th century Cellarium
See where the coronation of King Charles III took place
Hear about the remarkable history of the 1,000 year old Abbey
The recent funeral of Queen Elizabeth II also took place here
Our first experience of Westminster Abbey, one of the jewels in London’s crown and a must see for any visitor, is in the 14th century medieval under croft. Originally used by the Benedictine monks to store food and drink - the Cellarium is now a unique restaurant, and we pause here for refreshments.
Following our time enjoying complimentary coffee/tea and pastries, we then enter the Abbey through the cloisters in Dean’s yard. The cloister entrance offers priority access and aims to avoid the queues at the north door, which is the main entrance for visitors. This will be followed by a private guided tour with our qualified guide.
An architectural masterpiece, 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. Our guide will help bring to life this remarkable building where 40 English and British coronations have taken place since 1066.
You will hear about the most recent coronation of Charles III that took place on the 6th May,2023, the marriage of William and Kate – the Prince and Princess of Wales, and also stop briefly to pay our respect and celebrate the life of the late Queen Elizabeth II whose state funeral also took place at the Abbey.
After your visit to Westminster Abbey we begin the journey to Southampton, a journey of approximately 2 - 2.5 hours. When we arrive in Southampton, you will walk straight to the check in desk. Porters will take care of your luggage, ensuring it is delivered to your cabin. Please make sure you use the luggage labels provided by your cruise line to facilitate this. We plan to drop you at your cruise terminal between 12:45pm – 1:15pm.
Please note that this is a very popular tour, with limited spaces available. On some rare occassions we may need to contact you after booking, to inform you of a change in avaibality of entry tickets to Westminster Abbey. Should this occur you will of course recieve alternative options or a full refund with plenty of notice.
London pick up
We offer a pick up from any London city centre hotel/Airbnb property.
We aim to arrive at Westminster Abbey for 08:30am. We recomend pick up at 08:00am, but this may need to be changed slightly depending upon where in London you are staying. We will inform you if this is necessary.
Your tour of Westminster Abbey
Upon arrival at Westminster Abbey you will make your way to join the tour and your driver will reminan with the vehicle and your luggage.
Your meeting point to begin your tour is:
Outside the Westminster Abbey Shop, 20 Dean's Yard, London SW1P 3JS. Your guide will be holding a white ‘Premium Tours’ sign. The Abbey shop is located next to the West entrance.
The tour is not suitable for wheelchair users.
Refreshments served before the tour (Approx. 20 - 30 mins) followed by Westminster Abbey tour (up to 90 mins).
Departure from Westminster Abbey is aproximately 11am.
There are four cruise terminals at Southampton. In normal circumstances it will take around 90 - 120 minutes to travel from Westminster Abbey to Southampton, arriving between 12:45pm and 1:15pm. At Southampton you will step from the vehicle and walk straight to the check-in desk. Porters will take care of your luggage, ensuring it is delivered directly to your cabin. Make sure you use the luggage label in your cruise pack to facilitate this. Please ensure you note the full name of your ship and the terminal name (if known).
How long will my journey take?
The journey to Southampton will take approximately 2 - 2.5 hours to travel from Westminster Abbey, arriving between 12:45pm and 1:00pm.
How much luggage can I bring?
When booking private tours where you will have luggage (e.g. starting or ending at a cruise terminal or airport), please ensure you check below for information regarding vehicle luggage capacity.
Booking 1-3 people, the vehicle will accommodate up to 2 large cases and 2 small (carry on) bags
Booking 1-6 people, the vehicle will accommodate up to 6 large cases and 6 small (carry on) bags
Booking 7-16 people, the vehicle will accommodate up to 12 large cases and 12 small (carry on) bags
Large cases must have a maximum weight of 23kg per case, small cases a maximum 10kg per case.
Should you wish to bring any mobility aids (wheelchairs or walkers) you MUST contact us in advance to let us know. We will require full dimensions and weight. These items must be able to be folded and stored in the luggage hold. Wheelchairs must be counted as 1 item of your hold luggage.
How much walking is involved in this tour?
Your driver will meet you inside the hotel lobby of your chosen pick up and will assist you with your luggage. The vehicle will park as close as is safely and legally possible.
Your tour of westminster Abbey will be on foot, with some steps involved. The tour is aproximately 90 minutes.
Once you have arrived at the port there will be a typical walk of about 100 yards from the vehicle to the terminal.
Are refreshments included in this tour?
You will enjoy complimentary hot drinks & pastries on arrival at Westminster Abbey. Gluten-free/Vegan pastries not available at The Cellarium. Plant-based milk is available.
What locations and hotels do you pick up from?
We collect from all London city centre hotels and Airbnb addresses. Please note that your driver will stop as close to your requested pick up as is safely and legally possible. In some instances this may mean you have a short walk to the vehcile
Will I get to my ship on time?
Our Shore Excursions and Transfers are all designed especially for passengers going to and from the cruise ship. Our itineraries are based on the ships arrival and departure times. Many ships will give allotted check in times, this is to help stagger passenger arrivals at the terminal and is more an indication of the earliest time they wish you to arrive. All of our tours aim to have passengers at the ship by 2:00pm. In the unlikely event of there being delays out of our control, such as traffic problems, we will liaise directly with the ships ground handling team and keep them updated on our progress and expected arrival time at the port.
We would not offer an itinerary that did not allow passengers to get to their ship in time for its departure.
How far in advance should I book?
Our tour dates go on sale 12-18 months in advance. We always advise booking early to avoid disappointment as availability cannot always be guaranteed if booking is left until closer to the date of travel. This is a very popular tour, with limited spaces available. On some rare occassions we may need to contact you after booking, to inform you of a change in avaibality of entry tickets to Westminster Abbey. Should this occur you will of course recieve alternative options or a full refund with plenty of notice. We offer a free cancellation policy up to 7 days prior to travel (except for entry tickets to Westminster Abbey, which are non-refundable from the point of booking).
Should we tip our driver or guide?
Tips are entirely at the customer’s discretion and in no way expected. Should you feel inclined to tip, your driver or guide would be grateful, but you should not feel obliged. A 10% tip is considered customary in the UK.