Private guided tours of up to 30 visitors can visit the Abbey during normal opening hours and should be accompanied by a Blue Badge Guide. Blue Badge Guides are specialist guides who offer private tours and will charge a separate fee. You can book a Blue Badge Guide through Guide London or the British Guild of Tourist Guides.
Many special services take place at the Abbey throughout the year and therefore tour details are subject to change. If you are making a special visit to the Abbey, please phone beforehand and check opening times. If visiting the Abbey with a Blue Badge Guide, you do not need to book in advance. Your guide will arrange to meet you at the Abbey and you can make your payment on the day. These are private tours offered by specialist guides, so your guide will charge a separate fee, details of which are available on the respective guide association websites.
Alternatively, if you would like to visit as a group without a guide, you can buy individual tickets. Please note that if you visit without a Blue Badge Guide we ask groups to divide into smaller groups of no more than 5 to avoid overcrowding. See Entry Charges to find out more.
Self-led visits during September-July
UK schools, youth groups and other educational establishments can take Self-Led tours. Groups must be accompanied by teachers or leaders.
Self-led visits during August
If your group wishes to visit during August you must be accompanied by a Blue Badge Guide. Blue Badge Guides are specialist guides who offer private tours and will charge a separate fee. You can book a Blue Badge Guide through the Guide London or the British Guild of Tourist Guides.
Workshops, Guided Tours and Events during term time
Suitable for students from EYFS to KS5.
Verger Guided Tours
Price: £5.00 per person (in addition to the entrance charge).
Verger-led tours of the Abbey are available, in English, for individuals or family groups.
The tours last for approximately 90 minutes and include a tour of the Shrine (containing the tomb of Saint Edward the Confessor), the Royal Tombs, Poets' Corner, the Cloisters and the Nave.
Verger-led tours are limited to 20 people. The tour times are different each day, so please ask about availability on arrival at the Abbey.