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Lambeth Palace Tours

Lambeth Palace
Lambeth Palace, built in the 13th century, has been the official London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury and his family for 800 years. Today it is also the center of his ministry, an events venue, and home to the Lambeth Palace Library, which is the second-largest religious library in the world after the Vatican.

The Basics
Visitors can enter the palace by prebooking a guided tour, which explores the rooms, chapels, and crypt. Volunteer tour guides discuss the in-depth history of the Archbishop of Canterbury as well as the architectural history of the palace, with its intricate stained glass, vaulted chapels, and other features. The palace’s exterior is included on many historical and architectural walking tours of London.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Lambeth Palace is ideal for history and architecture enthusiasts.
  • The palace is open to the public via prebooked tours only.
  • Admission is free for visitors under 17 years old.
  • A small on-site gift shop sells palace guidebooks and other souvenirs.
  • The palace is accessible to wheelchair users and has one wheelchair available to borrow during a guided tour.

How to Get There
Lambeth Palace is located on the south bank of the River Thames in central London, across from the Houses of Parliament. The nearest tube station is about a 15-minute walk from the palace. A number of buses—including C10, 507, 77, 344, and 3—run to the palace from Waterloo, Victoria, and Vauxhall stations. Driving and parking in central London are not recommended.

When to Get There
Interior tours of the palace are held on weekdays year-round, though must be booked in advance online. The palace garden is open in the warmer spring and summer months. A number of seasonal events are held at the palace throughout the year, such as the annual North Lambeth Parish Fete in June; check the website for a current schedule.

Garden Open Days
The Lambeth Palace gardens are open to the public on the first Friday of the month from April through September. The manicured garden, founded in 1197, stretches across more than 10 acres (4 hectares). It is home to native English plants as well as species from all over the world, reflective of the wider Anglican communion. Visitors are treated to entertainment and refreshments from 12pm to 3pm. Entrance is free for children, and dogs are welcome.
Address: SE1 7JU, London, England
Admission: Varies
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Big Bus London Christmas Light Open-Top Night Tour

Big Bus London Christmas Light Open-Top Night Tour

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See London’s landmarks after dark without the strict schedules of a group tour. Hop on your Big Bus at Stop 21, the Victoria Stand, and experience our evening tour full of striking sights and photo opportunities. In the month of December, enjoy the added bonus of London's Christmas lights. With audio commentary available on board in 12 different languages, learn more about the English capital – its history, its culture, its vibrant nightlife – as you explore.
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The Crown! Royal London and Windsor Route of Monarchy (Private Tour)

The Crown! Royal London and Windsor Route of Monarchy (Private Tour)

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Discover London’s most important royal landmarks—and even venture beyond city limits to see Windsor Castle—on this royal-themed, private tour. Meet your guide at your Central London hotel, and hop aboard your private vehicle. You’ll see highlights ranging from the Tower of London, Houses of Parliament, and Westminster Abbey to the illustrious Buckingham Palace. In the afternoon, head out of town to see Windsor Castle (the world’s largest and oldest inhabited castle) and Eton College before returning to London.
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South Tour of London by the traditional Electric Black Taxi (Electocab Ltd)

South Tour of London by the traditional Electric Black Taxi (Electocab Ltd)

CHOOSING THE SOUTH TOUR WILL PROVIDE A CAPTIVATING EXPERIENCE. ONCE WE LEAVE THE HUB YOU ARE INSTANTLY TRAVELING THROUGH WHITEHALL WHERE YOU GET TO SEE THE QUEEN’S GUARD, 10 DOWNING STREET AND MUCH MORE BEFORE THE STUNNING BIG BEN, HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT AND WESTMINSTER ABBEY APPEAR ON THE HORIZON. YOU WILL GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO DELVE INTO SOUTHBANK WHERE YOU GET FAMILIAR WITH ROYAL NATIONAL THEATRE, TATE MODERN, SHAKESPEARE GLOBE, THE FAMOUS BOROUGH MARKET AND OF COURSE THE SHARD BEFORE DRIVING OVER TOWER BRIDGE AND THROUGH UPPER THAMES STREET WHERE YOU WITNESS THE BEAUTIFUL VIEW OF THE RIVER THAMES AND THE SOUTHBANK. FINALLY, WE WILL REACH TRAFALGAR SQUARE THROUGH NORTHUMBERLAND AVENUE. FURTHERMORE, BY TAKING SOUTH TOUR, YOU WILL OBSERVE SITES SUCH AS TATE BRITAIN, LAMBETH PALACE, MI5 BUILDINGS AND MUCH MORE.
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London through the eyes of Pocahontas

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Pocahontas stayed in London only for one year and died at the age of 20. During her short life, she managed to introduce the New World to the London audience. Pocahontas was a Native American woman born around 1595. She was the daughter of the powerful Chief Powhatan, the ruler of the Powhatan tribal nation. She later married British colonist, John Rolfe and travelled to London in 1616. On this tour, you would see London through the eyes of Pocahontas, learn stories about 17th century Britain and its connection to the colonies. Highlights: • See Church where native Americans worshipped in the 17th century • Hear stories about ‘ Wizard Earl’, whom Pocahontas visited in the Tower of London • Walk towards glorious Westminster Abbey • Discover Lambeth Palace • Explore Banqueting Hall where Pocahontas was invited to the Kings Masquerade
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Classic Westminster (Private 2 Hour Tour)

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There’s so much history crammed into this one neighbourhood, you’ll be struggling to keep up. From memorials to greats in Westminster Abbey to the heartbeat of British government in Whitehall to the scene of all action, No. 10 Downing Street…this tour is a fast-paced thriller. Most-photographed, most-recognised and most-loved, every landmark helps you tick off your entire London-essentials list. Buzz of Trafalgar Square, elegance of St. James's Park, to the glamour of Buckingham Palace, it’s a feast all the way. Broad boulevards, and the vistas long -- the perfect backdrop for the pomp and pageantry of royal occasions. Piccadilly Circus, London Eye, River Thames, Hyde Park, Albert Hall, even Harrods…you’ll forget to look at your phone. We even do 3 UNESCO World Heritage and 2 Tudor Palaces. Themes vary from British Monarchy’s Royal Palaces to Pomp and Ceremony to UK Parliament and Brexit to Winston Churchill’s Darkest Hour in World War Two. Which will it be for you today?
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Westminster Heart of the Nation Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap

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This walk covers the great palaces of the monarchs and the Archbishop of Canterbury. We walk from the Golden Jubilee Bridge through Whitehall Gardens to the Banqueting House in Whitehall, the last remaining building from the ancient Palace of Whitehall. From there we walk along the Thames with views of the London Eye and Westminster Bridge, before seeing Parliament Square, the Houses of Parliament and Westrminster Abbey. The walk ends passing the famous Burghers of Calais sculpture by Rodin on to Lambeth Bridge and Lambeth Palace, the London home of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The tour is ready whenever you are and the audio plays automatically at exactly the right time and place using your smartphone's GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app, which also works offline.
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Roman And Medieval London (Private Half Day Tour)

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Cut to AD 43, witness the Romans marching into London through your time machine, the black heritage cab. You're advised to charge your imagination batteries overnight, to view the special effects with clarity. History lovers be prepared with your questions, the tour guide is a keen Londoner and historian. Dare to peek into the ‘Dead Man’s Hole’. Enjoy (or endure) the Execution site on Tower Hill and smirk at the origin of that well-used phrase ‘Can I hang with you?’ Old Roman Wall to Roman Amphitheatre, we ensure drama never ceases at the World Heritage Site of The Tower of London. Get ‘hung, drawn and quartered’ in the tiny little medieval streets from London’s less glamorous past. Drift into the stories of the ‘Great Fire of London’, ‘Braveheart’, Body Snatchers, Gallows of Old Newgate Prison and the World famous Criminal Courts of Justice – The Old Bailey…we’ll keep ‘em coming. Till you’re ready to join the history club like the rest of us.
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London's Darkest Hour (Private Half Day Tour)

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Left spellbound by the 2017 blockbuster ‘Darkest Hour’? Repeat the experience offscreen, with our new London tour. The movie bagged 6 nominations for Academy Awards and an Oscar for Best Actor Oldman. Our latest adaption will have you waxing eloquent too. Travel back to 1940 in a time machine (in one of our traditional London Black Cabs, which doubled up as fire engines in the World War 2). Your Private Driver Guide, an enthusiastic war historian, storms you through the violence of ‘The Blitz’. Feel the jitters as you visualise Nazi Germany threatening Western Europe and Great Britain’s very existence. Follow in the footprints of Winston Churchill and trace the turn of events from that unsettling era at Westminster and Whitehall. For an apt closure to a war-themed tour, pick Churchill War Rooms, Imperial War Museum or Warship HMS Belfast. Leave the headache of pre-ordering and pre-paying for skip-the-line tickets to our concierge team, while you have the time of your life.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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