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Hidden Highlights tour was brilliant

The Hidden Highlights tour was absolutely brilliant - not only a chance to see 'behind the scenes' where you usually couldn't see, including the beautiful Jerusalem chamber where Henry IV died, to the excavation of the Medieval Sacristy, to London's oldest Library. The tour size is small (10) and the guide is very knowledgable and we were able to spend a long amount of time in each part of the tour, with lots of time for questions. It never felt rushed and due to the small group size no-one missed anything. The tour was 90 minutes so you definitely get your money's worth, especially as you end in the Jubilee Gallery which has an additional cost anyway. It seems at the moment these tours are not continuing past the Summer, I hope they do reconsider this as it's such a brilliant and unique tour. I would also love for the Abbey to do other 'secret' tours like this to areas not usually accessible. As for the Abbey itself, there's a lot to see with historic figures everywhere you look, beautiful stained glass. It's worth paying extra to visit the Diamond Jubilee Galleries as the objects on display, including funeral effigies from the medieval era onwards provide a fascinating history, alongside historic clergy robes, fabrics, and historical objects. Including the 90 minute tour I spent three hours in the Abbey and could have easily spent longer but it felt like too much for a single visit. I certainly plan to visit again at some point in the future, and I will probably pay for a multimedia guide for additional information, and hopefully look out for more interesting tours. I just wanted to write this review to hopefully encourage the Abbey to continue to run these tours, and consider more tours and to encourage any London local or tourist to put this on a 'must see' list to visit, not just because of the beauty of the building but the history behind it.

Thank you very much for your feedback. It's great to read how much you enjoyed the tour, especially as they are a new addition to our programme of onsite activities. We hope to continue the Hidden Highlights tour into September and beyond, and will announce details of this shortly via our website and social media channels. Best wishes Visitor Experience Team Westminster Abbey

Incredible history. If there was a medal for name-dropping, this place would take gold every time. Just about every monarch, artist, poet and writer is here. The absolute highlight (if that's the right term) is the tomb of the unknown warrior. Amongst the hundreds of years of royal history is this; the only tombstone in the Abbey which it is forbidden to walk on. The history of how the body was selected and bought to Britain is a true mark of respect and honour.

Always wanted to visit and it did not disappoint, took about 90mins to walk around without a tour. So much history and I would recommend a visit.

The Abbey has some incredible history and contains so many national assets. So it was disappointing that the web purchase experience was so antiquated (the tickets never arrived - a problem experienced by others in the queue and clearly many others on social media), the person on the turnstile was so plain rude (“I want to see this and I want to see that”. “You must shown me that again”!) and the welcome inside smacked more of crowd control than Christianity. As a Brit I was embarrassed. Can I suggest those purporting to run the Abbey (and charging £18 for entry) go to the Tower of London, ranked #1 in London, to learn what a great experience is. We went in the afternoon and it was a delight.

We spent a recent morning here. Opted for the audio guide which gives you a guided tour of approx 1 hour. The history of the abbey is wonderful. Definitely recommend a visit.

wonderful Gothic gem with so much history--audio guides were helpful but you could take a day!! The Queens gallery was wonderful and with views

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I am a jaded old cynic, a London Blue Badge Guide who has taken people round Westminster Abbey what, 200? 300 times? Pre-covid, some weeks I was taking tours three or four times a week, desperately trying not to sound like a man on autopilot as I talked about (yet again) Scientists’ Corner or the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.

But the Hidden Highlights tour I went on this morning… Oh man, my socks have been blown so far off they’re probably halfway to the USA.

This is a £15 add-on to the normal entrance fee* and is worth every penny and more, showing you parts of the Abbey that are generally not things that any visitor sees. 

*(I should just say that, despite my negativity in the opening par, right now is a great time to visit the Abbey. There are no crowds; you feel you have the whole place to yourself. And these days they allow photography as well. If you’ve never been, or only seen it at the height of the tourist season, you should definitely go now. Details here, or contact me if you’re after a private tour .)

Back to the Hidden Highlights. There were just two of us paying punters this morning, but as the maximum number on any tour is 14, it is never going to feel oppressive. One starts at the archaeological dig that is taking place on the site of the 13th century Sacristy , on the north side of the building. The Abbey plan a visitor centre here to allow for a better visitor flow at the entrance (and so those queuing to get in – assuming we get back to pre-covid levels – don’t have to do so in the rain). Under the foundations of the sacristy they have uncovered a graveyard, with remains from the 10th century (the time of the founding of Dunstan’s original abbey) plus two chalk tombs from Saxon times (i.e. 1400 years ago). There are complete skeletons in situ, loose bones are scattered on or protrude from the soil. One can gaze upon an intact skull and realise that this person was walking around this area more than 1000 years ago. It is incredibly moving, a tangible link to history as well as to one’s own mortality.

One then progresses to the St George’s Chapel, just to the right as one goes into the main building by the West Door. Here one is within touching distance of the Coronation Chair , close enough to make out the individual graffiti scratched on the back and the seat of this 700 year old piece of furniture. I’ve been on the other side of glass on this chapel on innumerable occasions, so to be on the inside looking out was something very special.

Then to the chapel behind the High Altar to sit beside the shrine to St Edward, who as the King of England, Edward the Confessor was the monarch responsible for giving the abbey its prominence and longevity. He endowed the small 10th century establishment with wealth and property, and financed the first stone abbey, consecrated in 1065. This shrine was an important site of mediaeval pilgrimage, and the reason why his devotee Henry III financed the construction of the sublime gothic building we see today. (Henry is buried close to Edward’s tomb, as are three other kings and four queens of England).

Next is the Abbey library, to be among 11,000 books dating from the 15th century onwards and to see manuscript fragments from the time of the Confessor, or an illuminated manuscript showing the coronation of King John. This is housed in the former monastic dormitory – and has been since 1591 , the reign of Elizabeth I – above the east side of the cloisters.

The tour ends in the new triforium museum, the Diamond Jubilee Galleries , to see the fabulous view along the length of the building to the West Door, taking in Edward’s shrine, the Cosmati pavement, the Quire and the nave, as well as medieval treasures such as the 14th century  The Litlyngton Missal , a wondrous illuminated manuscript, and the Liber Regalis, the ‘how to’ guide for the staging of coronations.

The Hidden Highlights tours take place twice a day nearly every day until the end of March. You really, really, need to make sure you do this tour – if a jaded old cynic like me can come away from it buzzing like I have, you are going to find it utterly compelling.

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We took the Hidden Highlights tour which was exceptional. Our guide, Joe, was friendly, knowledgeable, and patient. He took us inside for a close up and detailed viewing of the Coronation Chair, Jerusalem Hall, the Treasury, the Library, and up into the Shrine of Saint Edward the Confessor. We also got a behind the scene view of the ongoing excavation just outside which included ruins and skeletons and where we encountered an infant fox. Great add on to a visit to Westminster Abbey.

It goes without saying that when in London visiting Westminster abbey is a must but I wasn’t prepared to be so fascinated by this immersion in history and architectural delight. The queue to get in was long but fast so don’t be deterred however the timed slot we booked seems a bit pointless. It is only an indication, we were told, so no panic but it also means no guarantee to be let in punctually. Bizarre. We chose the audio guide which was great and allows you to skip or re-listen to certain parts. We spent nearly 4h there including the new Queen’s jubilee galleries, which staircase in itself is worth the climb (it’s a gentle one and there is also a lift). The abbey has many stories to tell, and is rich in artwork. Take your time. Look up, the gothic arches are exquisite! I particularly liked the story about the effigies specially showcases in the new section (which requires a separate ticket).

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We've been twice before for the history, but this time, we attended service. Beautiful! In our opinion, you can't go to London and not visit Westminster Abbey. This is where the kings and queens of England are buried, starting with Edward the Confessor. It's incredible.

I visited the Abbey on 15th March this year with my wife and her sister, on a visit to London from Paris for her. We wanted to attend the midday service. We did attend the service, but decided to leave before the communion part. We had sat at the rear of the seating - in case we wanted to leave before the formal end of proceedings. We did not want to disturb other attendees. As we left we were rudely and quite aggressively corralled to the exit of the Abbey. We were left feeling disappointed, surprised and offended. I was embarrassed for my sister in-law and wife.

This abbey never disappoints. There is just so much to see and takes a good two hours at least to do the place justice. Always worth a trip to.

A beautiful Abbey, but so crammed full of tombs and historically significant burials, you could literally spend a whole day there for sure. Staff are helpful and informative. I would suggest the audio guide, to help you get the most from your visit.

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Go Behind the Scenes at Westminster Abbey

As a Blue Badge Tourist Guide, I spend a lot of time guiding in Westminster Abbey. However, I had a real treat recently joining a Hidden Highlights tour where we went behind the scenes, to areas not usually open to the public.

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I’ve previously written about the best sneaky details in the publicly accessible areas in another blog post here . But let’s see some of the hidden bits…

History of Westminster Abbey

First, a potted history to get our bearings. Westminster Abbey is our Royal Church, where monarchs have their coronation ceremony. It’s also a burial site, not just for the 30-odd Kings and Queens but also a staggering 3,300+ others including Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, Charles Dickens and – recently – Stephen Hawking.

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The first church was established in 960AD by Saint Dunstan who settled here with a group a monks. The next major building was by Edward the Confessor, who constructed an elaborate Abbey in the 11th century. But the building we see today is mostly down to King Henry III who in 1245 ordered a new Abbey.

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Image Credit: Public Domain – Abbey c.1711 J.C M.D. Fellow of the Royal Society

When we look at the building today there are two major later additions; the Lady Chapel (constructed 1500s and seen on the left in the illustration above) and the West Towers (1700s and seen below).

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Image Credit: Public Domain – Canaletto, A Procession of the Knights of Bath, 1749.

There’s a brilliant 4 minute video of the stages of construction from Westminster Abbey here .

The Great Sacristy

One section of the Westminster Abbey complex that we can’t see today is the Sacristy. It was an area where monks kept the sacred items used during mass and was built in the 1250s under King Henry III.

From the outside today all you will see are these hoardings, but on the tour we went behind them to get a closer look at the ruins.

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Interspersed amongst the stones are many burials, some of which are thought to be 12th century monks.

The Great Sacristy (c) Westminster Abbey London

Sacristy Ruins © Westminster Abbey, London

The Great Sacristy was demolished in the 1740s but its now part of a major refurbishment plan to create a new visitor entrance to allow the public to enter through the West door rather than the side, North door.

This is the spectacular view that greets you as you enter the West Door into the Abbey.

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The Jerusalem Chamber

Visible behind the gift shop as you enter the Abbey, the Jerusalem Chamber is Medieval.

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The inside has been much altered but the roof is authentic, dating from the 14th century, albeit restored in the 1950s.

In amongst the timbers are the initials of Abbot Nichols Litlyngton (1362-1386) and King Richard II in whose reign it was completed and the tapestries range from the 16th – 19th centuries.

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Jerusalem Chamber © Westminster Abbey, London

As for the name, no one is quite sure why, however we do know that King Henry IV died in this very room in 1413.

The King had been planning to travel to the Holy Lands, fulfilling a prophecy he would die there. But he instead fell ill whilst praying in the Abbey, possibly suffering a stroke.

Carried into this room, when he momentarily regained consciousness, he asked where he was. The answer? ‘Jerusalem’ and the King, satisfied he’d fulfilled the prophecy, could die in peace.

The Library

There’s a tantalising door in the cloister of the Abbey which you’ll hardly ever see open.

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It leads to the library and during the tour when the door was opened it’s the smell that hits you first. Hundreds of centuries-old books, in all their discoloured and leather bound glory.

There are over 14,000 books in the collection, the earliest dating from 1477, which has been housed here since 1591.

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Library © Westminster Abbey, London

The room itself is far older though, previously used as a dormitory for the monks, with the spiral staircase giving access to the main Abbey for night-time prayers.

Today you can still see the steps on the south transept wall (bottom left in the image below).

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Connected to the library is the Muniment Collection, an archive of the records of the Abbey dating back to the 10th century.

This is stored in the Triforium level inside the Abbey, visible from the floor and the Diamond Jubilee Galleries.

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It’s hard to make out the epic wooden storage chests from below, however what is visible from the floor is the Medieval wall painting of a white hart, symbol of King Richard II.

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As part of the tour you can also visit the Diamond Jubilee Galleries, a new area of the Abbey which opened in 2018.

Sadly you can’t take photographs from there (imagine dropping your phone over the edge!) but here’s the view of the beautiful wooden staircase that takes you there.

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As well as a brilliant selection of historic objects related to the Abbey, it’s worth going up there if only to gaze down at the Abbey – soaking up the supposed ‘best view in Europe’ – from which Richard Dimbleby provided commentary for the Queen’s Coronation.

The Hidden Highlights tour can be booked here , and groups are small (just 10 maximum) so they’re selling out quick!

If you’ve never visited Westminster Abbey before, or it was years since you’ve been, now is the perfect time to organise a trip without the crowds! You can email me about arranging private tours here.

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Westminster Abbey Tour

Exterior of Westminster Abbey. Photo Credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey.

Explore Westminster Abbey, Britain’s most famous church and one of the most popular visitor attractions in London

A Westminster Abbey Tour is unmissable because…

Westminster Abbey is simply unique. Almost 1000 years old, it’s known as the royal church, built by kings for kings. Under its graceful gothic arches, history has been made…the coronations of 39 monarchs, many royal weddings, and state funerals. It’s also a sacred place of burial and commemoration. Look out for some very famous graves and memorials – some of which you may be surprised to see in the Abbey!

The must-sees of a Westminster Abbey Tour

  • The Coronation site – see where Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in 1953.
  • The spot where Prince William and Kate Middleton were married in 2011.
  • The exquisite Lady Chapel – burial place of King Henry VII.
  • The most important grave in Britain – The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior .
  • The shrine of King Edward the Confessor .
  • The tombs of Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots .
  • The 700-year-old Coronation Throne .
  • Poets Corner with tombs and memorials including William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, and Geoffrey Chaucer .

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Please bear in mind that these are not public tours, but private tours conducted by specialist Blue Badge Tourist Guides who will charge a separate fee, details of which can be found on our fees page.

Exterior of Westminster Abbey. Photo Credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey.

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Hiroshima: Hidden Gems and Highlights Private Walking Tour

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Discover the hidden gems and highlights of Hiroshima on a private walking tour. Led by knowledgeable local guides, this tour takes you beyond the tragic events of World War II to explore the rich history and culture of the city.

From the serene Shukkei-en Japanese garden to the iconic Hiroshima Castle, every step of the tour offers new insights into Hiroshima’s captivating past. Don’t miss the opportunity to savor Hiroshima’s unique cuisine, including the famous ‘everything pancake’ at Okonomimura.

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The tour details include the duration of the tour, which can range from 3 to 8 hours, allowing visitors to fully enjoy the beauty and history of Hiroshima.

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With this tour, visitors won’t only get to explore the famous landmarks like Hiroshima Castle and the Peace Memorial Park, but they’ll also gain a local perspective on Hiroshima’s hidden gems.

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During this private walking tour, visitors will have the opportunity to explore Hiroshima’s top sights and hidden gems, gaining a local perspective on the city’s fascinating history beyond the tragic events of WWII.

With the guidance of knowledgeable local guides in Hiroshima, you will explore the impact of WWII on Hiroshima’s history, discovering the resilience and recovery of the city.

The tour highlights include a visit to the Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Dome, where visitors can pay tribute to the victims and learn about the devastating effects of the atomic bomb.

Plus, the tour offers a chance to explore the tranquil Shukkei-en Japanese garden, marvel at famous landmarks like Hiroshima Castle, and experience Hiroshima’s unique take on Japan’s famous everything pancake at Okonomimura.

Shukkei-en Japanese Garden

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A must-see attraction on the Hiroshima: Hidden Gems and Highlights Private Walking Tour is the picturesque Shukkei-en Japanese Garden. This garden is a perfect example of Hiroshima’s traditional gardens , showcasing the beauty and tranquility of nature. Visitors can stroll through the garden’s meticulously landscaped grounds, which feature a central pond surrounded by lush greenery and winding paths.

The garden also offers the opportunity to participate in a Japanese tea ceremony , where guests can experience the art of tea preparation and enjoy a moment of serenity. Shukkei-en Japanese Garden is just one of the many ways to appreciate Hiroshima’s natural beauty and take in its rich cultural heritage.

As you explore Hiroshima’s local festivals , museums and art galleries, and famous landmarks , don’t miss the chance to visit this enchanting oasis and witness Hiroshima’s traditional arts and crafts, local cuisine , and historical architecture.

Hiroshima Castle

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Located in Hiroshima, the iconic Hiroshima Castle is a must-visit attraction on the Hidden Gems and Highlights Private Walking Tour. This historical landmark is a symbol of Hiroshima’s cultural heritage and offers visitors a glimpse into the city’s rich history. Built in the late 16th century, Hiroshima Castle served as the residence of the powerful feudal lord Mori Terumoto. Although the original castle was destroyed during the atomic bombing in 1945, it has been meticulously reconstructed to its former glory. Today, visitors can explore the castle’s impressive architecture and learn about its significance in Japanese history. The castle grounds also feature a museum that showcases artifacts and exhibits related to Hiroshima’s feudal past. A visit to Hiroshima Castle is a unique opportunity to take in the city’s vibrant history and appreciate its resilience.

Hiroshima’s Fascinating History

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Hiroshima’s fascinating history unfolds as visitors explore the city’s past beyond the tragic events of WWII. Here are four key aspects of Hiroshima’s history that showcase its resilience and cultural heritage:

  • Post-war Reconstruction: After the devastation caused by the atomic bomb in 1945, Hiroshima embarked on a remarkable journey of rebuilding. Witnessing the city’s remarkable transformation from ruins to a vibrant metropolis is awe-inspiring.
  • Cultural Heritage: Hiroshima is home to a rich cultural heritage that dates back centuries. From its traditional arts and crafts to its unique cuisine, the city offers a glimpse into Japan’s cultural tapestry.
  • Peace and Reconciliation: Hiroshima has become a symbol of peace and reconciliation. The Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Dome stand as poignant reminders of the city’s tragic past while promoting a message of peace and nuclear disarmament.
  • Resilience and Hope: Despite the immense suffering, Hiroshima has shown remarkable resilience and an unwavering spirit. The city’s ability to rebuild and thrive serves as a testament to the indomitable human spirit.

Exploring Hiroshima’s fascinating history offers a profound understanding of the city’s past and its journey towards healing and renewal.

Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Dome

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The Peace Memorial Park and Atomic Bomb Dome stand as powerful symbols of resilience and peace in Hiroshima.

The park, located near the hypocenter of the atomic bomb explosion, serves as a memorial to the victims and a reminder of the devastating impact of the bomb. It was created as part of the city’s rebuilding efforts after World War II and now attracts visitors from around the world.

The Atomic Bomb Dome, also known as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, is one of the few buildings that survived the blast. It stands as a stark reminder of the destruction caused by the bomb and serves as a symbol of hope for a peaceful future.

The park and the dome are important historical sites that highlight the lasting impact of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and the world.

Okonomimura and Hiroshima’s Best Delicacies

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One mustn’t miss the opportunity to explore the culinary delights of Okonomimura while visiting Hiroshima. This bustling food complex is a must-visit for foodies looking to indulge in Hiroshima’s vibrant food scene.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Okonomiyaki: Okonomimura is famous for its unique take on the Japanese pancake, known as okonomiyaki. Visitors can enjoy Hiroshima’s version of this savory dish, which is layered with noodles, cabbage , and a variety of toppings, all cooked on a hot grill.
  • Oyster Huts: Hiroshima is renowned for its oysters, and Okonomimura is the perfect place to sample them. Visitors can visit the oyster huts and restaurants in the complex to savor the freshest and most delicious oysters, prepared in various ways such as grilled, fried , or served raw.
  • Hiroshima-style Ramen: Along With okonomiyaki and oysters, Okonomimura also offers Hiroshima-style ramen. This regional specialty features thick noodles in a rich pork-based broth, topped with succulent slices of pork and various toppings.
  • Local Sake: To complement the delectable dishes, visitors can also enjoy a glass of local Hiroshima sake. With its smooth and crisp flavor, Hiroshima sake is the perfect accompaniment to the delicious food found in Okonomimura.

With its diverse array of culinary delights, Okonomimura is a food lover’s paradise and a must-visit destination for anyone exploring Hiroshima’s food scene .

Nagarekawa: Hiroshima’s Party and Entertainment District

Hiroshima: Hidden Gems and Highlights Private Walking Tour - Nagarekawa: Hiroshimas Party and Entertainment District

Nagarekawa, a vibrant and bustling district, offers a number of exciting party and entertainment options in Hiroshima. Known for its lively nightlife, Nagarekawa is the ultimate destination for those seeking a fun-filled evening in the city.

This district is home to a variety of bars and clubs, catering to different preferences and tastes. Whether you’re in the mood for dancing the night away or enjoying a few drinks with friends, Nagarekawa has a lot to offer.

The area comes alive after sunset, with neon lights illuminating the streets and music filling the air. From trendy cocktail lounges to energetic nightclubs, Nagarekawa offers a diverse range of venues to explore and enjoy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Hiroshima: Hidden Gems and Highlights Private Walking Tour - Frequently Asked Questions

What Is the Cancellation Policy for the Hiroshima: Hidden Gems and Highlights Private Walking Tour?

The cancellation policy for the Hiroshima: Hidden Gems and Highlights Private Walking Tour allows for free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance, ensuring a full refund for those who need to change their plans.

How Do I Reserve the Tour and When Do I Have to Pay?

To reserve the Hiroshima walking tour, simply book online and pay later to keep your travel plans flexible. The tour offers a private experience with a knowledgeable local guide, allowing you to explore hidden gems and highlights of the city.

What Is the Duration of the Tour?

The duration of the tour is 3 – 8 hours, giving visitors ample time to explore Hiroshima’s top sights and hidden gems. The meeting point for the tour is any location in the center of the city.

Are There Tour Guides Available in Languages Other Than English and Japanese?

Yes, there are multilingual tour guides available for travelers. They can provide language options in addition to English and Japanese to accommodate a wider range of visitors.

Is Pickup Included From Any Location in Hiroshima, or Are There Specific Pickup Points?

Pickup is included from any location in Hiroshima for the Hiroshima: Hidden Gems and Highlights Private Walking Tour. There are no specific pickup points, giving guests the flexibility to start their tour conveniently. Transportation options are provided for a seamless experience.

To sum it up, the private walking tour of Hiroshima offers a unique and immersive experience for travelers looking to discover the hidden gems and highlights of this historic city.

Led by knowledgeable local guides, visitors can explore the captivating history and culture beyond the tragic events of World War II.

From serene Japanese gardens to iconic landmarks like Hiroshima Castle, every step of the tour offers new insights and unforgettable moments.

With the opportunity to savor Hiroshima’s delicious cuisine, this tour promises a truly memorable experience in Hiroshima.

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Er well, on the Hidden Highlights Tour, you will see stuff that not everyone gets to see...

https://www.westminster-abbey.org/abbey-events/special-tours-and-events/2022/october/hidden-highlights-tour-october#i36114

On the Verger Tours, good as they are, you wil see the 'standard stuff'

A combination of the two could be really interesting, exhaustive and revealing.....

Looks like the Hidden Tour is only available during the month of October?

yeah i was wondering about that - looks like the november dates/times haven't been released yet.... thanks for your help

We did the Hidden tour in addition to an audio tour of the Abbey, and it was well worth it. You’ll get to see some of the most interesting and historically significant parts of the church, plus the Jubilee galleries. For the latter, I’d say an hour is enough for an overview, but allow two if you want to study each and every object closely.

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Hidden Hills Backroad Tours aims to offer a unique experience

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - Todd and Debbie Proctor moved to the area about four years ago settling down in a nice patch of land in Rochford. Since moving, they have grown to love their home so much that they want others to experience it as well.

That’s where the motivation to start tours into the hills originated. As part of their business, Hidden Hills Backroad Tours, Todd or Debbie load participants into their specialized van and show them hidden gems in the Black Hills.

“We’ve got a pretty extensive route approved through the forest service we’re just doing a small section of it this year but we’ll expand as needed,” Todd Proctor the co-owner of Hidden Hills Backroad Tours said.

Todd explains that he wanted to do this because he felt this service wasn’t being offered in the area, but he has another, more personal reason.

“Just love of the hills when we moved here we just fell in love with it and there’s no better stress relief than just hitting the trails and enjoying the Black Hills,” Todd said.

The Proctors have plans for the business as well, they plan to add gold panning as an activity for people to do at the start or end of their tour. Debbie says the tour is definitely something that you can bring your kids for and even encourages it.

“It’s very family friendly encouraging for families to come out have fun get out of the van. Go on hikes and just have an adventure, go on memories,” Debbie Proctor the other co-owner of Hidden Hills Backroad Tours said.

Both Todd and Debbie say they think there is value in taking the tour whether you were born in the Black Hills or you’re just visiting.

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    You will be transferred to the Westminster Abbey ticket website. Select your chosen date and time (the time slot must be before or the same time as the tour time slot) and select your general admission tickets. You will then be prompted to book tickets for the Hidden Highlights tour, if available. If you're interested in the 12:15pm tour

  2. Hidden Highlights tour was brilliant

    The Hidden Highlights tour was absolutely brilliant - not only a chance to see 'behind the scenes' where you usually couldn't see, including the beautiful Jerusalem chamber where Henry IV died, to the excavation of the Medieval Sacristy, to London's oldest Library. The tour size is small (10) and the guide is very knowledgable and we were able ...

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    After the Hidden Highlights Tour we had lunch in the Cafe and then went back to do the general tour with the audio guide since we hadn't been there for 7 years and appreciated the review. We highly recommend the Hidden Highlights Tour! Date of experience: October 2022.

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    The Hidden Highlights tour was absolutely brilliant - not only a chance to see 'behind the scenes' where you usually couldn't see, including the beautiful Jerusalem chamber where Henry IV died, to the excavation of the Medieval Sacristy, to London's oldest Library. The tour size is small (10) and the guide is very knowledgable and we were able ...

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    Oh cool, Laurie Beth! Thanks! I was about ready to book the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries, because I hadn't heard anything about the Hidden Highlights tour, but then came back here, did a quick search for info, and went back and booked it. So good to hear that it is worthwhile. It really sounds wonderful!

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    I went on the tour recently, it was pretty good - you get to see where they've excavated the old sacristy as well as a few other cool rooms like the old library. I'd recommend it, especially if you're father used to work there. Just remember not to buy the galleries ticket as well as its included in the hidden highlights tour anyway.

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    Had visited the Abbey on a previous trip but went back for a Hidden Highlights tour. Our guide Frankie was knowledgeable and funny. Our small group has access to areas where visitors are not usually allowed, including the Shrine of St. Edward the Confessor, the Library, the chapel where the coronation chair is kept and the archeological site ...

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  22. difference between Hidden highlights and Verger tour W/Abbey

    4. Re: difference between Hidden highlights and Verger tour W/Abbey. 1 year ago. We did the Hidden tour in addition to an audio tour of the Abbey, and it was well worth it. You'll get to see some of the most interesting and historically significant parts of the church, plus the Jubilee galleries. For the latter, I'd say an hour is enough ...

  23. Hidden Hills Backroad Tours aims to offer a unique experience

    As part of their business, Hidden Hills Backroad Tours, Todd or Debbie load participants into their specialized van and show them hidden gems in the Black Hills.