Kensington Palace London, residence of members of the Royal Family since the 17th century, the childhood home of Queen Victoria, and now the official residence of the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge is a must see for any Royal fan.
Visitors to Kensington Palace arrive through newly landscaped gardens and entrance hall to journey through the magnificent Kings and Queen’s State Apartments as a courtier. Filled with stories of two royal courts; the House of Stuart and the House of Hanover 1698 -1714, your success will depend on who you know, how you behave and how you dress. The rewards are great, but there are pitfalls along the way!
Tower of London
One of the most famous buildings in the world, the Tower of London was constructed in the 11th century - almost a 1,000 years ago and has been witness to countless significant events in the development of Britain's now democratic monarchy.
During your tour of the Tower of London you will meet the magnificent Yeoman Warders or 'Beefeaters', clad as they were in Tudor times, hear the legend of the ravens and spine chilling tales from the Tower's long history. See the infamous Bloody Tower where the Princes were murdered, Beauchamp Tower where visitors can read carved inscriptions of past prisoners and Traitors Gate where those unlucky enough not to survive imprisonment had their heads impaled - and much more.
We sell at less than the gate price, which gives you access to all the Towers and Attractions, as well as the unique Gift Shops, the historic New Armouries Restaurant, Tower Cafe and Kiosk. Your Tower ticket also includes entry to the Crown Jewels.
Things to do and See at the Tower of London:
Line of Kings Exhibition
For over 300 years visitors to the Tower of London have marvelled at displays featuring arms and royal armour, life-sized wooden horses and figures of kings.
The White Tower
Currently hosting the Power House exhibition, about the various national institutions founded at the Tower of London, the White Tower is recognised as one of the most important historic buildings in the world. It has become an iconic symbol for Britain and London and is a must do on any trip to the Tower of London.
Entry to The White Tower is included in the Tower of London ticket price.
The Crown Jewels
The Jewel house at the Tower of London houses the world famous Crown Jewels. 23,578 precious stones and gems make up the Crown Jewels and include the world’s most famous diamond ‘ The Great Star of Africa’.
Entry to The Crown Jewels is included in the Tower of London ticket price.
The Yeoman Warder tours
The Yeoman Warders, also known as beefeaters, are the public face of the Tower of London. As well as guarding the Tower and Crown Jewels they also provide tours for visitor where they regale you with tales from the Tower.
Yeoman Warder Tours are included in the Tower of London Ticket Price
The Royal Beasts
The last thing you’d expect to see at the Tower of London would be Lions, Tigers, Elephants and Polar Bears, but for over 600 years the Royal Menagerie played host to these and many more. Discover their extraordinary stories and what life was like for them at the tower.
Entry to The Royal Menagerie is included in the Tower of London ticket price.
The Prisoners Exhibition
Aside from the Crown Jewels the Tower of London is probably best known for being a prison. Prisoners have been at the Tower almost since it was built and the new interactive displays in the Prisoners exhibition help children and adults explore their stories.
Entry to The Prisoners Exhibition is included in the Tower of London ticket price.
‘the kingdom and the Tower will fall if the six ravens ever leave the Tower of London’, well according to legend anyway. Whether this is true or not the ravens have become on of the Tower’s most famous sites, just make sure you see at least 6 when you visit!
The Tower Green
Believe it or not being executed inside the Tower of London was considered a privilege for those of high rank. The Tower Green contains a permanent memorial for those ‘lucky’ enough to be executed there.
The Medieval Palace
Being the oldest part of the Tower of London, the Medieval Palace contains amazing interiors that you won’t see anywhere else. here you can experience what life might have been like in a luxurious medieval household.
Entry to The Medieval Palace is included in the Tower of London ticket price.
River Rover Hopper Pass
With the River Red Rover ticket you travel in luxury on a fleet of river liners and may hop on or off at any of the piers as often as you like throughout the day.
As the River Thames weaves its way through the heart of London there is history around every bend and there is no better way to see and experience the sights and splendour of this great city than from one of City Cruises modern, wheelchair-friendly RiverLiners™.
Enjoy unsurpassed views of some of London's most famous landmarks from the vantage point of our open upper decks and spacious lower saloons with panoramic windows. Take advantage of two bars providing light refreshments and snacks .
Cruises depart frequently from Westminster Pier, Waterloo (London Eye) Pier, Tower Pier and Greenwich Pier every day of the year except Christmas Day (25th December).
Our shortest trips between piers last about 20-30 minutes while the full round trip takes about two-and-a-half leisurely hours.
The ‘Eat Street Markets’ are set on an old disused container wharf. Come and enjoy everything from aromatic international cuisines and boutique beers, to the enchanting sights and sounds of live performers.
Take a beautiful and leisurely ride around the twists and turns of the Brisbane River to experience Brisbane's best night food markets.
The tour starts and finishes at Southbank Parklands. This is a unique opportunity and a delightful way to spend a Friday or Saturday evening in Brisbane. The entire route is on bike paths with no cars, and no hills! An ample amount of time (approx 1 - 1.5 hours) is available for you to explore the markets and try out the different food, drink and entertainment options.
We return to Southbank Parklands via a comfortable boat cruise along the Brisbane river and witness the city come alive from a unique perspective.
Your entry fee to the markets and river cruise is included in the ticket price. Any additional purchases are at your own expense.
Please note that this tour requires a minimum of two people for the tour to go ahead.
You will fly over some exquisite landscapes on your journey to Milford Sound. Depending on the flight route for the day, your sights may include; Skippers Canyon, Glenorchy, Mt Earnslaw, Mt Tutoko, Milford Sound, Mitre Peak, Arthur Valley, Sutherland Falls, the Milford Track, Lake Te Anau, Eglinton Valley, Greenstone Valley and Lake Wakatipu.
Depart from the Milford Sound Wharf and make your way out past the iconic Mitre Peak. Cruise the length of the fiord while listening to informative commentary from our skipper who will highlight points of interest along the way including the mighty Bowen Falls, Lion Mountain, Copper Point, Seal Rock and Stirling Falls.
Keep an eye out for local wildlife that can be found in the fiord, with sightings of New Zealand fur seals and dolphins spotted regularly, while occasionally the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin makes an appearance in Milford Sound.
What to bring:
A spectacular day out for all the family!
Routes and Times
With your Original Tour ticket, you have access to 6 bus tour routes around London. Four of these routes (Yellow, Blue and Orange) are sightseeing tour routes and buses run at a 15-20 minute frequency. The Green Route is The Loop Line around central London. The Orange and Purple Routes operate as a shuttle service and connect you with our sightseeing tours from the train stations and popular hotel districts of the capital. The information below is designed to help you plan your day out in London. Do also check our timetable for specific stop locations and route times.
All times are subject to change and if you have any questions on the day, please do ask our friendly and knowledgeable on-street staff who are on hand to help you plan your perfect day in London!
The Yellow Route presents the key sights and top attractions of London including the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye and Marble Arch. Crossing the river four times, you are guaranteed some spectacular views of London’s stunning scenery along the Thames.
The Yellow Route T2 offers multilingual commentary in 11 different languages (English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Portuguese, Mandarin, Arabic & Brazilian) and live guides on Yellow Route T1.
The main departure point for this tour route is located at Coventry Street, Piccadilly Circus but you can board the bus at any stop along the route.
Blue Route - The Royal Borough Route
The southern section of the Blue Route remains unchanged, covering the popular shopping district of Kensington with the world famous Harrods and Harvey Nicholls department stores as well as the museums in Kensington including Victoria & Albert Museum, Science Museum, Natural History Museum and the newly relocated Design Museum (opening November 24th, 2016).
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is the smallest borough in London but also one of the most densely populated. Nicknamed ‘Albertopolis’ after the husband of Queen Victoria, the area contains some of the most expensive residential properties in London along with a large number of museums (many with free entry) & cultural institutions.
We invite you to hop-off The Original Tour anywhere along the route or stay on-board to view the impressive architecture of this beautiful area.
Orange Route: The British Museum Tour
The British Museum is the most popular attraction in London with over 6 million visitors per year. Dedicated to human history, art & culture, the museum houses over 8 million exhibits (not all of them on show at one time!) from all over the world.
The new Orange Route also provides easy access from Kings Cross, St Pancras and Euston train stations. Clients arriving at these major train stations can now easily get into central London to switch onto the Yellow sightseeing tours which cover all the major sights and attractions of central London.
The Green Route is a useful route to hop-on if you need to cross town quickly to get from one place to another.
The Green Route operates at a frequency of every 20 minutes (20-30 minutes in winter) with the first bus departing Charing Cross Road (Leicester Square) at 9.15am and the last bus at 2.35pm.
Purple Route - Capital Connector (T6)
The Purple Route is useful if you are staying in a hotel located in Bayswater, Notting Hill, Holland Park or Lancaster Gate or wish to go shopping at Westfield Shepherds Bush.
Operating in both eastbound and westbound directions, the Purple Route operates more frequently in an eastbound direction, enabling you to join our Yellow sightseeing route at Marble Arch.
Frequency: Every 20-30 minutes.
EXPLORE LONDON FREE WALKING TOURS
Get up close to London's incredible history. Included FREE with every bus tour ticket!
Three fabulous walks put you at the heart of the world's most exciting city:
Changing the Guard Walk: See Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace and the regiments that guard them in this exciting walk as you march alongside the guards at Buckingham Palace.*
Departs daily 10:00am from The Original London Visitor Centre
Rock ‘n’ Roll Walk: Take a 90 minute walk through the heart of London’s rocking heritage: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and The Sex Pistols – it’s only rock ‘n’ Roll, but I like it!
Departs daily 13:00 from The Original London Visitor Centre
Jack the Ripper Walk: Walk in the footsteps of the world's most infamous serial killer as we reveal his murderous tale from the dark street of Whitechapel in 1888.
Departs daily 16:00 from The Original Tour bus stop 11 at the Tower of London on Tower Hill
* On non-guard change days (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) the walking tour will take you to see the Changing of the Horse Guard (at horse guards parade) and will then visit Buckingham Palace. The guard change does not take place if it is raining.
** All tours take approximately 90 minutes. Please note that the Jack the Ripper walk will finish at Aldgate East tube station and not at one of our bus stops.
*** Walking tours are included FREE with an Original Tour ticket but can be purchased separately at $12 GBP each.
MAIN DEPARTURE POINTS:
The Original London Visitor Centre
The newly opened London Visitor Centre is your one-stop-shop to the Capital and beyond. Visit us at our Trafalgar Square address for expert help from our excellent travel advisers. You can also purchase tickets for a range of exciting activities.
Monday-Saturday 08:30 to 18:00
Sunday & Bank Holidays 09:00 to 17:30
Address: 17-19 Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square
Nearest Tube: Charing Cross or Piccadilly Circus
Start Point 1 - PICCADILLY CIRCUS
Yellow Route From Whitcomb Street: The stop is by the McDonald's between Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square.
Green & Blue Routes From Rupert Street: The stop is outside 'Yo Sushi' restaurant on Rupert Street No.19.
Timetable - Frequency approx. 10 mins
Yellow Route: First Bus 08:30, Last Full Tour 18:00
Green Route: First Bus 09:52, Last Full Tour 14:10
Blue Route: First Bus 08:45, Last Full Tour 17:15
Start Point 2 - TRAFALGAR SQUARE
Green Route From Northumberland Avenue: The stop is opposite 'Garfunkel's' restaurant at Stop 'W'.
Timetable - Frequency approx. 15 mins
Yellow Route: First Bus 08:35, Last Full Tour 15:50
Green Route: First Bus 09:18, Last Full Tour 14:35
Start Point 3 - VICTORIA & GROSVENOR GARDENS
Yellow Route From Buckingham Palace Road: The stop is located outside the Thistle Victoria Hotel on Buckingham Palace Road.
Timetable - Frequency approx. 10 mins
Yellow Route: First Bus 09:05, Last Full Tour 16:15
Start Point 4 - MARBLE ARCH
Yellow Routes From Speakers' Corner: The stop is located at Speakers' Corner at Marble Arch on Park Lane. Take subway exit number '3', turn right at street level and go over pedestrian crossing. Our bus stop is the last on the right hand side
Packed with ever-changing experiences of the Pacific Coast and Vancouver Island, this tour is a must-do for
those who have not yet visited Victoria.
Highlights & Inclusions:
BC Ferries Fees: Scenic 1.5-hour cruise through the Gulf Islands and Active Pass Victoria City Tour: Government Street, Chinatown, Inner Harbour Butchart Gardens Admission: Magnificent series of themed gardens Ample Leisure Time: Enjoy Victoria’s rich architecture, enchanting ocean views, and artisan cafes
Explore Discover the ruins of Herculaneum, an ancient Roman town better preserved than Pompeii after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius’s in 79 AD
See the cobbled streets and see the the ancient villas, frescoes, bathhouses and much more
Hotel-pick up and drop-off from central Naples
Roundtrip transfers between Naples and Herculaneum aboard a fully-fitted GT coach with audio commentary on board
An experienced guide who will help you purchase your skip-the-line tickets to Herculaneum
Services of a knowledgeable tour guide
Hotel pick-up and drop-off aboard a modern coach
Roundtrip transfers between Naples and Herculaneum
Facilities and Access
Entrance and parking: The castle is reached on foot along a causeway from West Park slipway in St Helier. Visitors can either walk at low tide or catch the pirate-themed Castle Ferry (small charge applies) at high or low tide. Public parking is available in Patriotic Street, the Waterfront or in parking bays off Victoria Avenue.
Buses and cycle routes: All bus routes terminate at Liberation Station which is a short walk away. Jersey cycle route 1
Refreshments: A coffee shop is on the premises – members receive 10% with their voucher (found in your voucher pack)
Gift Shop: Jersey Heritage gift shops, selling gifts, souvenirs, books and toys are located at Elizabeth Castle and in the Castle Ferry kiosk.
Access arrangements: Unfortunately the site is not suitable for people with mobility impairment
Dogs: No dogs allowed, except guide dogs
Hearing loop available at reception and a portable hearing loop is available for groups if requested in advance