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British Museum & National Gallery of London Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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icon5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Make the most of your time in London with tours of two of its flagship museums: the National Gallery and British Museum. Explore the National Gallery, home to one of the world’s greatest paintings collections, seeing masterpieces such as Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers.’ Plus, let your guide introduce you to some of the must-see ancient and medieval treasures at the British Museum. Both museums are free to enter.
  • Tour of the National Gallery and British Museum in London
  • Visit two of the world’s greatest museums in a single day
  • Admire the highlights of the National Gallery, such as Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ and Van Eyk’s ‘The Arnolfini Portrait’
  • View a curated selection of art and artifacts at the massive British Museum
  • See ancient treasures like the Mummy of Katebet and the Egyptian Rosetta Stone
  • Small group tour of eight people or fewer ensures personalized attention from a guide
  • Free entrance to both museums, plus a break for lunch (own expense)
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Semi-Private Guided Combo Museum Tour
Semi-Private" Means Group Size Is Never More Than 8 Guests Maximum
Professional Tour Guide
Duration 5 - 5.5 Hours (Including A Lunch Break)
Tour price does NOT include hotel pickup or drop-off (we recommend UBER or Taxi)
Tour price does NOT include gratuities (optional)
Tour is NOT available for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
Temporary exhibitions NOT included

Departure Point

British Museum (Stop W), Holborn, London WC1A 2NJ, UK

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, London WC2N 5DN, UK
Meet your guide near the British Museum, and be introduced to the small group of no more than eight participants in total.

This stunning museum showcases a vast collection of art and artifacts from around the world that span 6,000 years of human history, from Samurai armor to Assyrian lion hunting reliefs dating from the 7th century BC.

Roam through the rooms with your guide, and view a carefully chosen selection of treasures, such as the Mummy of Katebet, the Lewis Chessmen, and the world-famous Rosetta Stone; a 2nd-century BC stone inscribed with priestly Egyptian texts. Your guide provides in-depth but enjoyable insights into the pieces, putting them into context to deepen your understanding of human achievement through history.

Following your tour, leave the museum and after a break for lunch (own expense), reconvene with your guide for your visit to the National Gallery.

Hear a brief introduction to the National Gallery, and the artworks it houses. This famous art museum is home to over 2,300 paintings from all genres of European art from the 13th to the 19th centuries, including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Boticelli, and Monet.

Head inside and take an informative tour, with your guide showing you the highlights of the collection. See works masters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Seurat, and learn fascinating background about the artists, their subjects and techniques.

Masterpieces slated for you to see include 'The Arnolfini Portrait,' a depiction of a Bruges’ merchant and his wife by Jan van Eyck painted in 1434, and Van Gogh’s 'Sunflowers,' one of four paintings of the flowers by the Dutch artist in 1888.

After your tour, say goodbye to your guide, bringing your experience to an end.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
The British Museum
Begin your half day experience by exploring the cultures and civilizations through the monumental collection at the British Museum spanning 6000 years of human history. It features items from all over the world like Samurai armor and rare Assyrian lion hunt reliefs. Your guide will take a serious but enjoyable approach towards the museum’s galleries, discussing primitive tribes and fallen empires through a carefully chosen selection of items. You’ll learn about the Mummy of Katebet, the Lewis Chessmen, and the Rosetta Stone – the actual rock, not the language learning program. Walk away with an understanding of what we humans have achieved during our short history and hopefully you’ll be proud to call yourself a part of this incredible species.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
National Gallery
After a break for lunch, learn about the master painters whose names fill the halls of the National Gallery. You’ve heard of Seurat and da Vinci, but what do you really know about them? Learn about the painters behind the paintings as we browse our favorite works by other masters like Botticelli, Monet, Rembrandt, and Vermeer. If none of those names mean anything to you, your guide will make sure that changes by the end of the tour. The National Gallery houses paintings dating back to the 1300s all the way up through the 1900s, so there is no shortage of choice. Visit Jan van Eyck’s “The Arnolfini Portrait” or something more familiar like Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” to understand the full scope of work on display. During your tour, you'll be arm with the essential information and history needed to appreciate the more than 2300 paintings on display at one of the world’s most visited museums.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Babylon Tours London
Say “Cheerio” to the dusty, stodgy tours of yesteryear. At Babylon Tours, our London is fresh and engaging – the one that you probably want to experience. Join us on a private or small group tour through the National Gallery and the British Museum or hit the streets through a historic tour of the center and (maybe) catch a glimpse of Kate or the rest of the royal family. Our young, energetic guides at Babylon Tours will introduce you to London in the best way possible, from Big Ben to the street art of its multicultural East End.
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is imperative that you provide us with guests MOBILE PHONE NUMBER (including country code)
  • A maximum of 8 people per tour allowed
  • Minimum numbers apply. This tour will not run without a minimum of 2 guests to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Notes: British Museum and National Gallery and other attractions or museums in London may be subjected to occasional closures without previous warning from the museum management. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an appropriate alternative if the museum opening time is delayed more than 1h from the tour starting time. In these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. No large bags or suitcases are allowed inside the museum, only handbags or small thin bag packs are allowed through security. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' or 'No Wait' access. Some specific rooms inside the museum are subjected to a very quiet or restricted right to speak inside, in this cases your guide will provide the information about this places before entering the specific rooms where this rule applies. Some collections may vary along the year.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Babylon Tours London

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during British Museum & National Gallery of London Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by British Museum & National Gallery of London Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during British Museum & National Gallery of London Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by British Museum & National Gallery of London Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during British Museum & National Gallery of London Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by British Museum & National Gallery of London Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during British Museum & National Gallery of London Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by British Museum & National Gallery of London Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during British Museum & National Gallery of London Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by British Museum & National Gallery of London Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max.

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OUTSTANDING!!! Highly recommend!
ibh100
, Jul 2018
Our guide Craig was terrific! Let's face it, there's so much to see at both of these places that the key for the first-time/short-term visitor is knowing where to go quickly, and to avoid wasting time trying to navigate from a map/book. Our guide got us to all the best spots ahead of the hordes, and provided an amazing wealth of knowledge and insights at both the BM and the NG. He'd actually worked at the Museum, and gave us some fantastic inside information on the inner workings that made our tour that much more special and memorable. Incredible collections, and well worth the reasonable price!
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Great tour. It had to be split it up...
Gary S
, Dec 2017
Great tour. It had to be split it up in two days because of scheduling but both guides were wonderful!
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Our day guide Kathy was outstanding...
MJK K
, Nov 2017
Our day guide Kathy was outstanding. Wonderful day. Time well spent.
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Very knowledgeable tour guide gave us...
rlawrence
, Jul 2017
Very knowledgeable tour guide gave us an excellent curated tour.
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Had a little hiccup as the meeting...
Jonathan B
, Jun 2017
Had a little hiccup as the meeting place had changed but we did not receive any notice from Viator. The guide made it to where we were and we started the tour as our small group turned out just to be my wife and I. I cannot say enough good things about our guide John from Babylon. He was fun, very knowledgeable and so well prepared. I would highly recommend this tour.
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