Important information 2022: Due to COVID related changes at the entry gates at Westminster Abbey, there is currently no skip-the-line availability for tickets. Lines for entry could be long on peak days.
- Westminster Abbey
- 2.5 hours with a Ph.D. or MA-level historian
- Pre-purchased tickets into Westminster Abbey
Yes! We have some excellent family-friendly guides who can appeal to the learning styles of children. Please book privately if you have children under 13. Feel free to provide us with information about your children such as favorite school subjects, and hobbies. This way we can match you with the best possible guide.
Sarah-Jane Kitching was born and brought up in London. She studied at Cambridge University and qualified as a doctor, working in the NHS initially in Gynaecology and latterly as a General Practitioner. Having gained a First in the History and Philosophy of Medicine as part of her medical training, she has now changed career to pursue her long-standing love of history and of London in particular. After two years of intensive study, Sarah-Jane qualified as a London Blue Badge Guide and was awarded Guide of the Year in 2012. She is passionate about the city she lives in with her family and loves to share its fascinating past and present with others.
Marc Zakian is a history guide, writer and photographer. With a BA in drama and an MA in film, he became London Blue Badge Guide in 2006. He leads tours on different themes, including Shakespeare, the Tudors, theatre and art (the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery) and takes regular tours in the British Museum He took the photographs for the book 111 Places in East London That You Shouldn't Miss (published by Emons, 2020) and is the writer and producer of the "Extraordinary Stories of Britain" podcast https://guildw.podbean.com/
Catherine qualified as a Blue Badge Guide in 2009, a City of Westminster Guide in 2006 and a City of London Guide in 2005. Catherine now tutors on the Westminster Guiding Course at the University of Westminster. She works part time at ITN as a broadcast journalist/ news editor and part time as a tour guide. Combining these two story-telling disciplines, Catherine also makes podcasts about unusual sites around London. Catherine used to work in an investment bank for over seven years. She now prefers sharing stories about London with visitors and helping them have a lovey time in the capital city. She has an MA in History of Art, an MA in broadcast journalism and a BA in Drama. She is a counsellor at Childline.
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