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South Bank Tours

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South Bank
Packed with cultural hot spots and boasting a uniquely laid-back atmosphere, the South Bank district is a must for anyone curious about London life. Locals and visitors alike stroll the riverbank for striking views of Westminster and beyond, or pop into any of the museums, galleries, theaters, or pubs for which the area is famous.

The Basics
South Bank boasts many of London’s top landmarks, and a number of city sightseeing tours offer the opportunity to explore by foot or boat. The London Eye and the London Dungeon are popular family-friendly attractions, while art enthusiasts flock to the Tate Modern and Tate Britain. Southbank Centre hosts many cultural events across its venues, and the National Theatre, Young Vic, and Old Vic offer affordable and trendy West End alternatives.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Popular with hip locals, culture vultures, and families, the vibrant district offers something for everyone.
  • London’s national museums and galleries are free to visit, but shows and special exhibitions charge an entry fee.
  • South Bank’s brutalist architecture can lead to big puddles in the rainy months, so it’s a good idea to pack an umbrella and water-repellent shoes.
  • The wide, paved riverside paths are wheelchair-friendly and most attractions offer access, though some do have restrictions.

How to Get There
Waterloo Station, nestled in the heart of South Bank, is served by the Jubilee, Bakerloo, and Northern lines, as well as direct National Rail links to Clapham Junction. Westminster, Blackfriars, and Embankment stations are also located nearby. South Bank is easily accessed by river bus and city cruiser, with London Eye and Festival piers serving the area.

When to Get There
As throughout the rest of London, there is always something happening along the South Bank, making it well worth a visit at any time of year. Winter brings Christmas markets and festive decorations, while funfairs and festivals arrive between April and August.

South Bank Through the Ages
Though South Bank as it exists today is a relatively new district, the south bank of the Thames has been an entertainment hub since the Middle Ages. Even in Elizabethan England, it provided a popular escape from heavy regulation in the city, with draws including Shakespeare’s own Globe Theatre. Today, a reconstructed Globe sits farther along the bank, and visitors can catch a show from the traditional standing yard.
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32 Tours and Activities to Experience South Bank

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Visit Shakespeare's Globe Theatre & See 30+ London Sights Tour!Theaters

Visit Shakespeare's Globe Theatre & See 30+ London Sights Tour!

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London attracts visitors from across the world to its landmarks and attractions, but navigating the streets to explore solo cuts into valuable sightseeing time. On this walking tour, leave the map behind and follow your guide to famous sites like the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey. Catch the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, and learn of London’s theater history at Shakespeare's Globe.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation

The Original Tour London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus TourBus Tours

The Original Tour London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

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See the best of London without the stress of rigid tour times and massive crowds on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. With your flexible pass, hop aboard the double-decker, open-top bus for a comfortable sightseeing excursion. Great for kids and adults, your pass offers multiple route options with stops at main attractions like Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and more. Bonus features include a free city walking tour, a Thames River cruise, and local discounts.
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  • 20 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 20 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

South Bank (London Bridge) Walking Tour & Enter The Tower of LondonHalf-day Tours

South Bank (London Bridge) Walking Tour & Enter The Tower of London

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London’s South Bank area is home to more than a dozen of the city’s top attractions, so see them all in just a few hours on this insightful walking tour. In addition to the famous London Bridge, see the Clink Prison, the Globe Theatre, St. Paul's Cathedral, and the Shard, while hearing London legends and trivia from an entertaining guide. Finally, be dazzled by the crown jewels with included admission to the Tower of London.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London EyeBus Tours

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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye

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Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with dozens of possible stops, including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights. Hop off to enjoy a free walking tour and a Thames River cruise.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$46.82
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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London Thames River Dinner CruiseWine Tastings

London Thames River Dinner Cruise

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Take to the Thames for a sparkling river dinner sailing past London’s waterfront sights. Settle at your table to savor a delectable dinner and admire floodlit city sights such as Tower Bridge, the London Eye, and Big Ben as you eat and relax, and enjoy enchanting live entertainment.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
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Tower of London and Thames River Sightseeing CruiseDay Cruises

Tower of London and Thames River Sightseeing Cruise

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Enjoy two classic London experiences with this combined Thames River cruise and Tower of London ticket, all for one great-value price. With your admission ticket, head inside the infamous Tower of London and explore the grounds, towers and Crown Jewels exhibition independently as you uncover the palace-fortress’ blood-soaked, 900-year history. On the same day, take a leisurely sightseeing cruise on the historical Thames. Settle on a comfortable cruise boat and soak up panoramic views of famous sights such as Tower Bridge, Big Ben and the London Eye from the water.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 day
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2 hours in London with a local host: private & personalizedPrivate and Luxury

2 hours in London with a local host: private & personalized

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Experience London like a local on this private 2-hour walking tour and maximize your time with a custom-made itinerary. Perhaps check off famous landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and the Tower of London; discover neighborhoods like Soho and Covent Garden; or get insider tips on where to shop, dine, or party in the city.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Escape the airport: see London on your layoverDay Trips

Escape the airport: see London on your layover

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Why spend your Heathrow layover stuck in the airport food court when you can explore London’s top attractions? Take a 6-hour private tour of the capital and create a custom itinerary based on the things that interest you. Visit Big Ben, eat traditional fish and chips, stroll through Covent Garden, and more. Whatever you decide, your private guide is with you every step of the way to ensure an authentic English experience.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Must see London with a local: private & personalizedDay Trips

Must see London with a local: private & personalized

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Make your London adventure a personal one on a private 8-hour sightseeing tour. Your tailor made itinerary can include Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the city’s hidden gems, and much more. It's up to you. Thanks to the expert navigation skills of your Londoner guide, you’re able to explore in an efficient, but leisurely manner. Leave with exclusive tips on what to see, eat, and do with the rest of your vacation.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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South Bank Photography Tour - Small GroupFull-day Tours

South Bank Photography Tour - Small Group

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Capture the infectious energy of London’s South Bank on this 4-hour photography walking tour. Your professional photographer guide will show you how to adjust aperture, shutter speed and depth of field to snap candid portraits of the street entertainers and market vendors that line the River Thames. With tour places limited to six, you’ll enjoy one-on-one tuition to help you achieve winning shots of landmarks like the London Eye, Big Ben and St Paul's Cathedral.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

South Bank (London Bridge) Walking Tour & Enter Westminster AbbeyHalf-day Tours

South Bank (London Bridge) Walking Tour & Enter Westminster Abbey

Make the most of your time in London with a walking tour of the London Bridge area that concludes with admission to Westminster Abbey. Hear live commentary as you see 15 of London’s top sights, including the Tower of London, The Shard, The Globe Theatre, and St Paul's Cathedral. The walking tour ends at Westminster Abbey, where you enter on your own and spend as much time as you like.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Private Tour: South Bank Photography Walking Tour in LondonFull-day Tours

Private Tour: South Bank Photography Walking Tour in London

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Combine a 4-hour walking tour along London’s atmospheric South Bank with an expert-led photography class tailored to your interests and knowledge level. Pass iconic landmarks like Big Ben, the London Eye and Westminster Bridge, set against a photogenic backdrop of the Thames River. Your private guide will show you how to get the best possible shots with your camera and point out little-known viewpoints to make your photos unique and memorable.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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South London food tour with a local: Borough market, Southbank & London BridgeHalf-day Tours

South London food tour with a local: Borough market, Southbank & London Bridge

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Enjoy a fully personalized half-day tasting tour around London, customized to your tastes and preferences. Sample up to eight savory and sweet British delicacies, from Cumberland sausages and artisanal chocolates to traditional jellied eel, as you explore the city on foot. Possible stops include baked goods at Borough Market, a classic roast at the Southbank Centre, or a British craft beer or ale on Charles Street.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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VIP Tour: The Tasty Weekend Walk- Eat and Sights!Half-day Tours

VIP Tour: The Tasty Weekend Walk- Eat and Sights!

In a small group, you will discover 2 award-winning markets where Londoner's hangout and like to keep secret. These 2 markets are on each end of the walking tour, they are united by the deliciousness of their extensive variety of award-winning food. Between those 2 delicious markets, we will take you on a picturesque walk along the Thames which is perfect for pictures, Instagram friendly and traffic-free. You will see more than 20 landmarks and 6 bridges including Big Ben, London Eye South Bank Centre The National Theatre The British Film Industry building Tate Modern Shakespeare Globe Saint Paul Cathedrale The Clink Southwark Cathedrale HMS Belfast The London Skyline Tower Bridge Tower of London After this 60-90 min walk, we will indulge in some delicious foods and a refreshing glass of locally brewed beer or Kombucha... As a VIP you will get a luxury drink on top of your experience
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Private Tour: The Tasty Weekend Walk- Eat and Sights!Half-day Tours

Private Tour: The Tasty Weekend Walk- Eat and Sights!

In a Private group, you will discover 2 award-winning markets where Londoner's hangout and like to keep secret. These 2 markets are on each end of the walking tour, they are united by the deliciousness of their extensive variety of award-winning food. Between those 2 delicious markets, we will take you on a picturesque walk along the Thames which is perfect for pictures, Instagram friendly and traffic-free. You will see more than 20 landmarks and 6 bridges including Big Ben, London Eye South Bank Centre The National Theatre The British Film Industry building Tate Modern Shakespeare Globe Saint Paul Cathedrale The Clink Southwark Cathedrale HMS Belfast The London Skyline Tower Bridge Tower of London After this 60-90 min walk, we will indulge in some delicious foods and a refreshing glass of locally brewed beer or Kombucha...
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

The Tasty Weekend Walk- Eat and Sights!Half-day Tours

The Tasty Weekend Walk- Eat and Sights!

In a small group, you will discover 2 award-winning markets where Londoner's hangout and like to keep secret. These 2 markets are on each end of the walking tour, they are united by the deliciousness of their extensive variety of award-winning food. Between those 2 delicious markets, we will take you on a picturesque walk along the Thames which is perfect for pictures, Instagram friendly and traffic-free. You will see more than 20 landmarks and 6 bridges including Big Ben, London Eye South Bank Centre The National Theatre The British Film Industry building Tate Modern Shakespeare Globe Saint Paul Cathedrale The Clink Southwark Cathedrale HMS Belfast The London Skyline Tower Bridge Tower of London After this 60-90 min walk, we will indulge in some delicious foods and a refreshing glass of locally brewed beer or Kombucha...
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Discover London along the riverHalf-day Tours

Discover London along the river

When it comes to cultural diversity, London is up there with the best of them, and if you head south of the river you'll experience a whole other atmosphere that celebrates London's arty side. With one of our London hosts by your side, you can tap into that creative energy as you explore museums, contemporary and forward-thinking art galleries and even a Shakespearean theatre. Take a scenic walk along the banks of the Thames, working up an appetite that you can then quell with innovative foods from one of London's most eclectic food markets. Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You will also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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London Lights TourCultural Tours

London Lights Tour

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Walk the South Bank of the River Thames and marvel at the lights and colors of central London at night on this tour. Instead of joining a large tour group and fighting over good spots for photographing the picturesque London cityscape, join this intimate small group tour and get stunning night shots of landmarks like the Tower Bridge and the London Eye. Book your spots quickly, though, as there are only a handful of tours each week.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Southbank or Westminster Photography Tour at NightPhotography Tours

Southbank or Westminster Photography Tour at Night

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See an alternative side of London while honing your photography skills on this 2-hour evening photography tour. Master basic techniques or improve existing camera skills alongside an expert guide and capture flawless shots of London’s illuminated landmarks. Choose between a creative workshop in Westminster, home to the iconic Big Ben, London Eye, and the Houses of Parliament, or opt to photograph London’s famous skyline from Southbank on the Thames River.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Photos at the Landmarks (Travel Photos)Bus Tours

Photos at the Landmarks (Travel Photos)

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Get over 40 professional-quality photographs taken by a noted Instagrammer during this photo walk through London. Choose from two different walking routes, either north or south of the Thames River, and snap iconic landmarks like the Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and the London Eye. You'll also get personalized tips for how to boost your social media following.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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The Original Tour London: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour & Madame TussaudsAttraction Tickets

The Original Tour London: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour & Madame Tussauds

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Sightsee in London with a money-saving ticket that combines a hop-on hop-off Original Tour bus with entry to Madam Tussauds, the iconic waxwork museum. The family-friendly combo ticket lets you discover the capital with ease: Explore with three different hop-on hop-off bus routes, see the sights from the water on a Thames River cruise, and brush shoulders with celebrities at Madam Tussauds.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Tour: Half-day Tours

Private Tour: "The Authentic British Food Tour" (Try 10 British Foods)

We aim to convince you that British Food is not that bad :) In a private group, you will discover the South Bank & Borough Market. These are two of the most loved areas of London which offer the most delicious and best variety of food in town. Here we will discover the best of British food from local artisans. This will give you a good idea of the history and tastes of one of the World's most dynamic cities Foods you will try include: Bacon Sandwich Scones Tea presentation Award-Winning Sausage Roll Fish & Chips Cider Beer & English Pub Snacks Sample of British Cheese (or alternative) At the start we will head through the South Bank, stopping at renowned landmarks such as Shakespeare’s Globe, The Anchor Pub and Borough Market (1000-year-old Food Market: oldest in Europe). We will nibble, taste & try food all along the route while you discover some unusual facts & stories about this incredible neighbourhood and its landmarks.
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  • 3 hours
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VIP British Food TourHalf-day Tours

VIP British Food Tour

We aim to convince you that British Food is not that bad :) In a small group, you will discover the South Bank & Borough Market. These are two of the most loved areas of London which offer the most delicious and best variety of food in town. Here we will discover the best of British food from local artisans. This will give you a good idea of the history and tastes of one of the World's most dynamic cities Foods you will try include: Bacon Sandwich Scones Tea presentation Award-Winning Sausage Roll Fish & Chips Cider Beer & English Pub Snacks Sample of British Cheese (or alternative) You will receive a glass of bubble At the start we will head through the South Bank, stopping at renowned landmarks such as Shakespeare’s Globe, The Anchor Pub and Borough Market (1000-year-old Food Market: oldest in Europe). We will nibble, taste & try food all along the route while you discover some unusual facts & stories about this incredible neighbourhood and its landmarks.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Walking Tour: Pokemon AdventurePrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Walking Tour: Pokemon Adventure

Embark on this private Pokemon Go Adventure. This Pokemon London adventures aim to increase your Pokemon knowledge via pokestops, hunting specific Pokemon for your pokedex, improving your catching capabilities and increasing your own team gym prestige.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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The Tower of London: Explore its often gruesome history on a walking audio tourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

The Tower of London: Explore its often gruesome history on a walking audio tour

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No visit to England’s capital would be complete without exploring the Tower of London, of the city’s most-recognizable landmarks. Explore the attraction at your own pace on a self-guided tour led by audio commentary. You’ll discover stories that you’re unlikely to find in the guidebook.
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  • 40 minutes to 2 hours
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  • 40 minutes to 2 hours

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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Should I book South Bank tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since South Bank can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 32 South Bank tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit South Bank 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to South Bank costs USD 78.71. Guided South Bank tours start around USD 78.71 per person. See all 32 South Bank tickets and tours on Viator.
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