Seniors Tour London: Great Online Resources

Nov 8th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Senior visitors find that they enjoy London lots.  First they speak English there and secondly there is so much to see and do in London.  First time visitor seniors will want to see the major sights – Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, the River Thames and the Royal Parks, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, the Horse Guards, the Changing of the Guard, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and the Crown Jewels.  That will keep you busy for a couple of days, even with a guide.

The Official Tourist Guide for London includes all you will need to investigate the city prior to a visit. The Top Ten Attractions in London are listed here. You will want to check out London’s most popular tourist attractions, including the London Eye, the National Gallery and Tower of London. If accessibility is a factor, check out this helpful site. 


The London Guide is a full text of a guidebook (now out of print), with all the tourist information you need to plan your visit to London – and recommended places to visit outside the capital.  You can save a lot of time here.  It’s worth booking or getting tickets in advance for any major attractions – including The Tower of London – which will save you a lot of time – sometimes the queues can take hours – you can usually book online by following the links on the site.  

WikiPedia provides many helpful hints and links for you to investigate. The Underground is a means to travel all over London at a low cost but do become acquainted with the system prior to your arrival.  Their site  on London also is a must. Virtual London also provides information on the city in detail. One great advantage of visitors to London is called the London Pass. The London Pass is a ‘smart card’ – like a credit card with a computer chip inside – which allows you completely cash free entry to your choice of 56 London tourist attractions. It’s a bit like an ‘all you can eat’ buffet – once you’ve bought your London Pass you don’t have to pay to get into any of the attractions covered by the pass and the more sights you see, the more money you save.  Many major cities today, including London, have a Hop On/Hop Off bus tour pass.

St. Paul’s Cathedral is a must.  Built on the site of a Roman Temple to Diana, this impressive part of the London skyline was raised by Sir Christopher Wren in 1697, after the previous one had been destroyed in a the Great Fire of London.

Visit Britain has a whole series of suggestions such as Destinations and Maps, Things to Do, Events, Accommodations and more.  If you lots of time on your hands seniors, check out 101 things that you must do in and around London. Your’s truly is a freebie-holic and this site provides ten free things to do in London.  Another touts London as an expensive place to visit but there is so much you can see and do for free.  And if you feel like escaping London for the day, try an England sightseeing day tour, like a trip to Stonehenge.  

British Tours has many single day tours for you to choose from. While I was in London for the second time of my life I enjoyed most just walking the streets, visiting the Tower of London, taking a boat trip up and down the Thames, taking a double-decker tour bus trip around the city and lastly, going into the House of Commons and the House of Lords to see where the Queen sits and where all the action takes place by folks who control the country.  That trip was one where I was a tour group leader for Scandinavian Seminar called “France and England, Friends or Foes?”  Great time it was.  jeb



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