British Museum Guided Tour in London

Admire this world-famous historic collection with the help of an expert guide

Travel Flexibly 5 / 5 See All 3 Reviews · 2.00h · England, United Kingdom

Planning to visit the British Museum while you’re in London, but overwhelmed by where to start? With such an extensive collection of artifacts, it can be hard to know how to navigate this world-famous venue. On this 2-hour tour, your licensed guide will lead you through the expansive museum’s most impressive highlights, detailing the fascinating history behind each collection. After your tour, you’re free to continue exploring the rest of the museum’s many treasures on your own!

  • New Tour
  • Meet your guide outisde British Museum
  • Great Court
  • Enlightenment Gallery
  • Rosetta Stone
  • Parthenon sculptures​
  • Egyptian mummies​
  • Nereid Monument​
  • End inside the British Museum

Your 2-hour tour of the British Museum begins at the building’s main entrance, just past security. After meeting your knowledgeable guide and the rest of your friendly group of travelers, it’s time to dive right in. Marvel at the impressive ceiling of the Great Court, learn about the famous Rosetta Stone, admire the Parthenon Sculptures, and explore the Ancient Egypt galleries. All the while, your expert guide will detail the fascinating history behind each collection. After the tour, feel free to continue exploring the rest of the museum’s extensive collections on your own!

British Museum Guided Tour Description

Your 2-hour tour includes:

  • Knowledgeable, licensed guide

  • Informative walking tour through the museum’s key collections

  • The “Rosetta Stone,” Parthenon Sculptures, and the Winged Bulls from Khorsabad

  • Ancient Egypt galleries and Egyptian mummies collection

  • The roof of the Great Court

  • Learn about the history of each collection

Meet Your Licensed Guide

To begin your immersive tour through the iconic British Museum, meet your licensed guide at the main entrance. They’ll be waiting by the stairs after the security check, along with the rest of your group members. Once everyone has arrived, it’s time to begin exploring the museum’s expansive collections! Your guide is an expert and will lead you to the most impressive highlights of this world-famous museum while explaining the fascinating history behind each historical treasure.

Gaze at the Great Court

Your tour will begin immediately by admiring the spectacular glass roof of the Great Court. This two-acre space, which was designed by Foster and Partners, is considered the largest covered public square in Europe. After taking in the extraordinary ceiling, your guide will lead you to the legendary Rosetta Stone. While marveling at this historic granitoid stone, your informative guide will explain how it played a crucial part in understanding Egyptian hieroglyphics.

Visit Controversial Sculptures

Continue immersing yourself in ancient history as you make your way to the Parthenon Sculptures. Listen carefully while your guide explains the fascinating controversy behind these sculptures, as they were taken from the Parthenon in Athens by Lord Elgin, the former British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire.

Admire Ancient Egypt

Next, follow your guide to the remarkable Ancient Egypt galleries, where your jaw will drop at the wide collection of Egyptian mummies and the Anglo-Saxon “Sutton Hoo” burial relics. Your guide will end the tour with the extraordinary Winged Bulls from Khorsabad, a breathtaking sculpture from ancient Mesopotamia, found at the entrance of the Assyrian galleries.

Following your tour, you’re free to continue exploring the rest of this historic museum on your own. The British Museum is massive, so there’s still plenty left to see!

What you get with this tour
Passionate English-speaking guide
Skip the line British Museum tickets
Rosetta Stone
Parthenon sculptures
Egyptian mummies
Group size of 15
Tripadvisor Logo

See what people are saying

3 total reviews

Leave a review
5.0/5 (based on 3 reviews)
5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 stars
British Museum Guided Tour in London
03 January 2024
M
Reviewed by
Marjorie Williams

Our guide did not show up. We waited for 20 minutes on the steps after being two of the first to get onto the grounds on what was to become a very crowded day at the British Museum. This is the second time that a guide was a no show from The Tour Guy. Don't book with this company. They are not reliable. I am waiting for a refund.

Awesome tour
28 November 2023
J
Reviewed by
Junior Trajano

The way our tour guide put everything into a timeline and made us view history from a different perspective, as if we were there, is something truly unforgettable. Highly recommend!

Excellent!
21 November 2023
C
Reviewed by
Chelsea Dugas

I loved this tour!! I highly recommend taking this tour when in London. Wandering the museum on your own is enjoyable, but having your guide there to explain the history and mythology behind the pieces absolutely elevates the experience. 5 stars!

Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

Make sure to bring a valid ID and wear comfortable shoes.

What to bring?

Make sure to bring a valid ID and wear comfortable shoes.

Is this tour run by The Tour Guy?

No, this tour is operated by one of our trusted and vetted partners in London.

Are tickets included in this tour?

The entrance for the British Museum is free, the tour includes 2-hour guided tour with a professional tour guide.

What if I have concerns about my mobility on this tour?

Please keep in mind, this tour involves 2 hours of walking through the museum. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your mobility.

Is lunch included in the price of the tour?

No, but we're happy to recommend one of our favorite spots in the area, and your guide is sure to point you in the right direction too.

Can I bring my kids and do I have to pay for them?

Kids are welcome on this tour, and children 3 and under join for free. Children aged 4-15 pay a reduced fee. Please choose accordingly during the booking.

Does this tour include hotel pickup?

No hotel pickup is included on this tour. You’ll meet your guide at the designated meeting point, on the museum stairs just past the security check.

Where does this tour end?

This tour ends inside the British Museum. You’re welcome to stay as long as you like and continue exploring the museum.

What is the cancellation policy of this tour?

You will receive a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours before the tour.

Start From: $61.05

available days discounted days

Free 24-hr cancellation on group tours! Learn more

Reserve Now $61.05 / per person
$61.05 / per person
You may also like
Skip the Line

Skip the Line

Legends and Lore Tour of the Tower of London

Travel the River Thames by boat then dive into British history at London's famous fortress

Skip the Line

Skip the Line

London in a Day Tour with Westminster Abbey and Tower of London

Explore Buckingham Palace, see the Crown Jewels, take a river cruise on the Thames, and more!

Skip the Line

Skip the Line

London Walking Tour with Westminster Abbey and Changing of the Guard

Explore royal history at London's famous church before seeing Buckingham Palace's iconic ceremony

New Tour

New Tour

Early Entry Tower of London Tour with the Beefeaters

Witness a centuries-old tradition before seeing the crown jewels with fewer crowds

New Tour

New Tour

The Buckingham Palace Royalty Tour

Fancy yourself as Royalty as you tour the State Rooms, Throne Room and Royal Collection.

Exclusive Churchill War Rooms and Westminster World War II Tour

Exclusive Churchill War Rooms and Westminster World War II Tour

Skip the Line Churchill's War Rooms and Westminster Small Group Tour

Explore the preserved Secret Bunkers in London, where D-Day and the fall of Hitler were planned

New Tour

New Tour

Harry Potter Studio & Oxford from London: Magic Behind the Scenes

Roam the streets of Oxford, visit Hogwarts Castle, and hop aboard the Hogwarts Express!

New Tour

New Tour

Exclusive Meet & Greet Tour with the Tower of London Beefeaters

Hear legends from a Guard in the Bloody Tower before your full tour of the fortress

Private Tour

Private Tour

Private London in a Day Tour

Discover London's deep history at Westminster Abbey, Tower of London, and the Changing of the Guard

Private Tower of London Tour

Private Tower of London Tour

Follow your private guide to London's most infamous fortress by way of River Thames cruise

Windsor, Stonehenge, & Bath Full-Day Tour with Lacock Pub Lunch from London
Up to 6% off

Windsor, Stonehenge, & Bath Full-Day Tour with Lacock Pub Lunch from London

Enjoy coach travel, early entry to Windsor Castle, and a pub lunch on this action-packed day trip

New Tour

New Tour

Small Group Day Tour of Bath, Windsor Castle, and Stonehenge from London

Explore the rich history of England with an ultimate historic experience covering three iconic sites

New Tour

New Tour

From London: Warner Bros Studios & Walking Tour of Oxford in a Small Group

Step into the magical world of Harry Potter and immerse yourself in a historic university city

New Tour

New Tour

Morning Food Tour Through Borough Market and London

Taste local delicacies, explore the neighborhood near the iconic Bridge, and end with a cold pint

New Tour

New Tour

Flavors of London’s East End: Small Group Food Tour

Check this vibrant neighborhood off your bucket list with local food tastings

New Tour

New Tour

Downtown London Donut Crawl: A Sweet Journey Through the City

A tasty tour through Historic Borough Market and beyond

Water Activity

Water Activity

The Ultimate London Speedboat Adventure

Experience Big Ben, Tower Bridge & More in Thrilling Fashion with a Small Group

Private Tour

Private Tour

Private Westminster Abbey and Changing of the Guard Tour

Dive deep into London's history at the famous church before seeing Buckingham Palace

The Making of Harry Potter Studios with Exclusive Champagne Reception

The Making of Harry Potter Studios with Exclusive Champagne Reception

Raise a glass in the Great Hall, wander down Diagon Alley, and hop aboard the Hogwarts Express!

Private London Highlights Black Cab Tour

Private London Highlights Black Cab Tour

Zip through London’s captivating streets as you explore the city’s top monuments, historic landmarks

New Tour

New Tour

Semi-Private Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter

Discover the cinematic sorcery behind the world’s most famous wizard in this fully guided tour

New Tour

New Tour

Kensington Gardens tour with Royal High Tea

Enjoy an intimate tour of Kensington Palace Gardens that ends with traditional English High Tea

New Tour

New Tour

Royal Hampton Court Palace Tour with Afternoon Tea

Immerse yourself in regal history as you tour the palace grounds and experience afternoon tea

Full-Day Stonehenge and Bath Tour from London

Full-Day Stonehenge and Bath Tour from London

Journey back in time to experience the mysteries of ancient stones and historic Roman baths

London Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

London Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

On a 35-minute flight, soar above Central London, the River Thames, and Surrey countryside

Premium Westminster Abbey Tour with Breakfast and London Eye

Premium Westminster Abbey Tour with Breakfast and London Eye

Avoid lines and witness the storied sites of royal ceremonies, then soar above the London skyline

Full-Day Stonehenge and Avebury Tour From London

Full-Day Stonehenge and Avebury Tour From London

Experience mysterious stone circles and quaint villages with a small group and expert guide

Private Harry Potter Black Cab Tour Through London

Private Harry Potter Black Cab Tour Through London

See where the magic of Harry Potter came to life as you drive to Gringotts Wizarding Bank and stroll

New tour

New tour

Soho Eats: A Delicious Evening Walking Tour

Uncover the history of rock-n-roll in London while sampling delicious local food