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Episode 85 – Unveiling London’s Timeless Tales: A Journey Through History with Walks Tours

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In episode 85 of the UK Travel Planning Podcast, hosts Tracy and Doug Collins share their experiences of Walks Tours in London.

They delve into the special access and insider experiences the tours provide, highlighting their favourite moments from the Tower of London, including the Opening Ceremony and the Ceremony of the Keys.

They also discuss their tours of Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, emphasizing the value of having knowledgeable guides and the unforgettable memories created during these experiences.

Join them as they reminisce about these incredible adventures and provide tips for anyone interested in similar tours. If you’re considering UK travel planning, this episode is a must-listen!

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Episode 85 – Show Notes

Timestamped overview

  • 00:00 – Avoid lines by attending the opening ceremony at the Tower of London first.
  • 05:49 – Extended tour includes crown jewels, guided tour.
  • 10:14 – Ceremony of the Keys – a fantastic experience.
  • 11:34 – Westminster Abbey and House of Parliament tour.
  • 14:11 – Importance of questions, insights, and historic curiosities.
  • 17:20 – Visited the Great Hall at Westminster before the Queen’s passing in 2022.

Key topics and points

Introduction to Walks Tours in London

  • Tracy and Doug discuss their experiences with Walks Tours in London
  • Tracy mentions the previous episode with the Walks ground operation manager, Charlie Bennett
  • They discuss the privileges and benefits of Walks Tours, such as VIP access and small tour group sizes

Specific Walks Tours Experiences

  • Tower of London Opening Ceremony Tour
  • Early access and privileged entry to the Tower of London
  • Unique behind-the-scenes access to the crown jewels
  • Witnessing the historic Ceremony of the Keys
  • Exclusive after-hours access to the Tower of London
  • Personal interactions and conversations with the Yeoman Warder
  • Westminster Abbey and Houses of Parliament Tour
  • Comprehensive tour of Westminster Abbey, including the Jubilee Galleries
  • Guided tour of the Houses of Parliament, including visiting the House of Commons and the House of Lords
  • Sharing historical and personal stories with the tour guides

Benefits of Guided Tours

  • Enhanced learning and engagement through guided tours
  • Comprehensive knowledge and engaging storytelling from tour guides
  • Ability to ask questions and gain in-depth insights
  • Personal interactions and conversations with guides and warders

Emotional and Historical Experiences

  • The emotional and historical significance of the tours
  • Emotions and personal connections to historical events and locations
  • Personal reflections on experiences and historical significance

Recommendations and Resources

  • Recommended Walks Tours and booking information
  • Tracy and Doug recommend Walks Tours based on their experiences

Conclusion and Podcast Resources

  • Final remarks and sign-off for the podcast episode
  • Reminders for ongoing UK travel planning
  • Resources for UK travel planning and booking tours

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