Southampton Shore Excursion to London

Shore excursions from Southampton port are a great way to experience all that your destination has to offer. Pre-book your shore excursions when finalizing your cruise to ensure you are able to reserve all of the excursions that we offer from Southampton cruise terminal.

While other companies or your cruise liner provide shore excursions by coach for a large group we focus exclusively small group shore excursions in a luxury minivan or 16 seater mini coach. Our shore excursions allow you to travel in much smaller groups of up to 8 in a luxury minivan or groups of up to 14 in a luxury mini coach offering a more personalized experience and are less expensive than your cruise liner can offer.

For our shore excursions we only use top of the range air-conditions minivans and mini coaches up to 14 passengers to allow you have more time for your excursions rather than being shepherded back and forward to a large coach and wasting your valuable time.


Southampton Shore Excursions Itinerary

6:30 - 7:00 Depart Southampton port
9:00 - 9:30 St Paul's Cathedral, Trafalgar Sq,
9:45 - 10:45 Big Ben, Parliament, Westminster Abbey
11:00 - 11:45 Buckingham Palace
12:00 - 13:30 Tower of London
16:00 Arrive back at ship

Your day will start at Southampton from your cruise ship and we will start collecting you at 6:30am and leaving port by 7:00am and you will return to your cruise ship by 4pm. Almost all cruise ships dock between 5am to 7am and assisted disembarkation start at 7am. You need to arrange early disembarkation slot of 6:15am.

Your tour driver will be waiting outside the exit of the cruise terminal building at 6:30am and will accompany you to your minivan and leave port by 7:00am once he have got all his passengers.

We depart Southampton port at 7:00am and drive through the local countryside then join the highway on the way to London.

We will start our tour with a panoramic tour of London Kensington before we stop at St Paul Cathedral for 20 minutes for photographs.

St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul’s is the Cathedral of the Diocese of London. The Diocese is made up of five Episcopal areas: Willesden, Edmonton, Stepney, London and Kensington. St Paul’s Cathedral sits at the highest point of the city of London. The present day church dates back to the 17 century and was designed in the English Baroque style by Sir Christopher Wren. Its construction was completely after major re-building after the Great Fire of London.

Famous events took place St Paul’s including the funerals of Lord Nelson, The Duke of Wellington, Sir Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher and also wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.
There is no admission on Sundays, but you will be able to attend the Sunday services.

From hear we will drive through famous Fleet Street through Trafalgar Square, where you will be able to see Lord Nelson Column and then on to Big Ben driving pass Number 10 Downing street, it is the Prime Minister’s official residence, office and where he entertain guests.

Big Ben

We will then arrive in Parliament Square where you will have one hour to explore and admire these famous attractions:

Big Ben is the clock at the north end of Palace of Westminster and its nick name comes from the great bell of the clock. It used to be called Clock Tower but was renamed to Elizabeth Tower in 2012 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II.

The Tower is the third tallest free standing clock tower and holds the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world and was completed in 1858.

Houses of Parliament also known as The Palace of Westminster is the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

The first Royal Palace was built on the site in the 11th century and was the residence of the Kings of England until it was destroyed by a fire in 1512. It was rebuilt but was again ravaged by fire in 1834.

The new Gothic style building designed by Charles Barry started construction in 1840 and the constructions lasted for thirty years. Extensive repair took place after the Second World War due to the booming in 1941.

Westminster Abbey a 700 years old mainly Gothic church in the City of Westminster, Benedictine monks first came to this site in the middle of the tenth century, establishing a tradition of daily worship which continues to this day. The church that stands today was begun by Henry III in 1245, with the medieval shrine of an Anglo-Saxon Saint at its heart. Henry’s burial here in 1272 began the tradition of royal burials at Westminster Abbey for the next 500 years.

Traditionally used for coronations and a burial site for seventeen British monarchs. William the Conqueror was crowned here in 1066 and since then all coronations have been held at the abbey. There have been 16 Royal wedding held at the abbey most recently Prince William and Katherine Middleton.

There is no admission on Sundays, but you will be able to attend the Sunday services.

After stopping in Parliament Square we will then drive towards Buckingham Palace at 10:45am.

Buckingham Palace

We will spend half an hour to see the famous Changing of the Guard and photographs.

Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the British Monarch. It is situated in the city of Westminster and is the focus for British people in times of happiness and crises.

Queen Victoria was the first Monarch to live at the Palace and moved in after her accession in 1837.

The state room that are use for official and state entertaining are open to the public each year for most of August and September. But the Queen’s Gallery is open all year round, with the monarch’s art collections including paintings by Rembrandt and Rubens. Visit the Royal Mews where you can see carriages and horses used in the state occasions.

The famous changing of the Guard is the process of a new guard changing duty with the old guard and the handover is accompanied by a Guard’s band. When The Queen is in residence, there are four sentries and the front of the building. When she is away there are two sentries. The changing of the Guard takes place at 11:30am and is held daily from May to July and on alternate dates throughout the rest of the year.

After the Changing of the Guard at 11:45am we will quickly head towards the Tower of London to maximize the rest of the time available to visit The Tower.

Tower of London

On arrival at The Tower our driver will drop you at Trinity Square opposite The Tower and you will have one and half hours to visit The Tower.

The Tower of London is a historic castle on the north bank of the River Thames, it was founded in 1066, and the White Tower was built by William the Conqueror in 1078. The Tower served as a royal residence in early history and later it was use as a prison from 1100 right up until 1956.

Two of the most famous prisoners were Anne Boleyn and Queen Elizabeth I before she became queen. Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII was tried and executed within the Tower.

There have been many prisoners at the Tower including Anne Askew (the protestant martyr), Guy Fawkes (famous for his gunpowder plot), Sir Thomas More (Chancellor of Henry VIII), Edward VII (the prince who disappear from the Tower) and many more.

Once you are inside the Tower we would advise you to take a Yeoman Warder tour which will explain the history behind this fortress of imprisonment and torture, before you queue up to see the crown Jewels, Traitors Gate and Bloody Tower. Make sure you keep a look out for the Ravens, legend has it that if the Ravens leave, the monarchy and Tower will fall!

We are now coming to the end of your excursion; the driver will pick you up at 13:45pm at Trinity Square and drive you back to your cruise ship at Southampton.

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