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British Museum + National Gallery of London Guided Combo Tour

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Duration: 5-5.5hs Semi-Private Tour
Tour Description

Discover more about our Semi-Private Tour of the National Gallery and The British Museum

Spend your time wisely by discovering two of London’s most important – and popular – museums in the same day on our 5-5.5 hour semi-private guided museum tour. Our enthusiastic young guides will take no more than 8 guests on this comprehensive visit of the city’s best galleries.


Begin your tour by exploring culture and civilizations through the monumental collection at the British Museum. Your guide will lead you through 6000 years of sculptures, jewelry and artifacts, acting like a living Rosetta Stone to help you understand these pieces – and yes, we’ll see the real Rosetta Stone while we’re at it. Our guides will take a serious but enjoyable approach towards the museum’s galleries, discussing primitive tribes and forgotten empires through a carefully curated selection of exhibits. Discover Samurai armor and centuries’ old Assyrian lion hunt reliefs. You’ll learn about the Mummy of Katebet and the Lewis Chessmen, among other historic objects. Leave the tour with an understanding of what we humans have achieved during our short history and be proud to call yourself a part of this incredible species.

After a break for lunch, learn about the master painters whose names fill the halls of the National Gallery. Instead of wandering aimlessly, let our guides immerse you in the stories and history behind some of the world’s most famous artists. You’ve heard of Van Gogh 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 masters like Botticelli, Monet, Rembrandt, and Vermeer. If none of those names mean anything to you, we’ll make sure that all changes by the end of the tour. The National Gallery houses a collection of paintings from the 1300s onwards, so there is no shortage of choice. View da Vinci’s “The Virgin of the Rocks” before fast-forwarding to Seurat’s “Bathers at Asnières” to witness the changing styles over the centuries. During this semi-private tour, we’ll arm you with the information and history that you’ll need to appreciate the 2300 paintings on display at one of the world’s most visited museums.

Highlights Generally Include: (if artwork is not on loan or being restored etc.)

A Young Woman standing at a Virginal


The Madonna of the Pinks (‘La Madonna dei Garofani’)

The Toilet of Venus (‘The Rokeby Venus’)

The Virgin of the Rocks from Panels from the S. Francesco Altarpiece

The Ambassadors

The Arnolfini Portrait

Venus and Mars

The Rosetta Stone

Assyrian Lion Hunt reliefs

Parthenon Sculpture

Lewis Chessmen

Oxus Treasure

Royal Game of Ur

Mummy of Katebet

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Semi-Private Tour

“Semi-Private” means group size is never more than 8 guests maximum.

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Latest Reviews
Latest Reviews
  • ibh100 ibh100

    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!

  • Gary S Gary S

    Great tour. It had to be split it up in two days because of scheduling but both guides were wonderful!


    Our day guide Kathy was outstanding. Wonderful day. Time well spent.

  • rlawrence rlawrence

    Very knowledgeable tour guide gave us an excellent curated tour.

  • Jonathan B Jonathan B

    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.

  • Jeff K Jeff K

    While visiting London this summer I decided to take another tour with a Babylon guide. Another great experience! These guys really know how to show museums. You get the most out of your day without being overwhelmed. My guide was Becky and she was top notch! 5 stars for and excellent day visiting these two magnificent London museums. Thank you for Becky and Babylon tours ... Again!

  • harold1980 harold1980

    Amazing tour we went in the british museum and the national galery and it was really great the explanation were perfect. I would highly recommend babylon if you want to know the history of these amazing place. Harold.