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2 to 2.5 Hours
Availability : Daily, except 24-26 Dec
British Museum Private Tour Details

Explore the highlights of the British Museum – with 8 million items in its collection – in this incredible 2-to-2.5-hour tour!

Discover the story of the British Museum and how it came to be. How did the British acquire (and keep) so many priceless items? Plus, discover the role of the museum in the world today.

Highlights of the collection include:

  • Marvel at the Rosetta Stone, the key to unlocking translation. But how did archaeologists work out its significance?
  • See the Parthenon Marbles, which give us an insight into life in Ancient Greece.
  • The Egyptian Mummies - a highlight on anyone’s itinerary. Discover these fascinating works of art from the wraps to the sarcophagi - why were they used? how can we tell the difference between different lives people led in Egypt?
  • The Sutton Hoo Mask - one of the most important discoveries ever made in Britain.
  • The Lewis Chessmen - Commonly called the most famous chess pieces in the world, these 900-year-old need to be seen to be believed.
  • Plus so much more. The British Museum was the first national public museum in the world, and has a fascinating story and secret around every corner.

This is not a fixed tour and each guide will show you their own view of the British Museum, meaning that no two tours are the same. If you have a special interest in a topic, please let us know when booking so we may adapt the tour to feature some of your interests.

The British Museum is a working institution. As such, we cannot guarantee that a particular item will be on display on the day of your tour.

The ‘Book Now’ buttons on this page allow you to book this tour. For custom tours, please contact us here.

Departure & Return Location

At the British Museum. Pick up and drop off at a central London hotel or apartment is available for an additional fee.

Departure Time

Flexible to suit you. The British Museum is open daily.

Price Includes

  • Private Guided Tour of The British Museum
  • All applicable taxes and fees
  • Tickets booked for you if necessary

Price Excludes

  • Pick up and drop off
  • Gratuities

Customise this private tour

You can extend this tour to 4 hours to explore the area around the British Museum (Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square and The West End) on foot with your guide at no extra cost. You can also combine this tour with one of our other tours such as a private walking tour of London or car tour of London, or with a Tower of London private guided tour.

If you have any particular theme or interest at the British Museum do let us know in advance.


Enjoy this British Museum highlights private tour in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese Mandarin and Dutch daily. Please enquire about other languages.

VVIP Tour of the British Museum

Want exclusive access to the British Museum before it opens to the public? Book our VVIP Experience and experience your chosen museum galleries (or the whole museum) all to yourself. This exclusive experience starts at £1500 per group. Get in touch to book.


Current Pricing

£415 for 1-4 guests, £435 for 5-8 guests, £455 for 9-12 guests

Please contact us for large groups. Tours in languages other than English have a small surcharge.

Based on 106 reviews
Elizabeth Plaza
Elizabeth Plaza
22. October, 2023
There are not enough words to describe how incredible our experience was! Our tour guide Charlotte was AMAZING! Her love for history and immense knowledge made us fall in love with London and all it has to offer! We are already planning our next London vacay and we will def be booking other tours 🙌🏽
Jennie Verduzco
Jennie Verduzco
12. October, 2023
Had a wonderful private tour with Ron to the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey. Ron was unbelievable. The amount of history and information he has about every square foot of these locations is astounding. He was very personable and even took pictures of us throughout the tour. He knew exactly where to focus and timed everything so perfectly. Such a great way to end our trip in London.
Elissa Berkbigler
Elissa Berkbigler
10. October, 2023
We had the most amazing time at the Tower of London. Our guide, Dani, was absolutely lovely and so informative. She was engaging, and told fascinating stories. We had a truly wonderful time and hope to book another tour with this amazing company when we come back next year.
Tina Cole
Tina Cole
9. October, 2023
What a wonderful introduction to the city of London. Everything about my experience booking with Gio was effortless. He answered all of my questions promptly and arranged a private, full-day tour that included Changing of the Guard, The Tower of London and Westminster Abbey. Our guide, Charlotte T, was not only delightful, but impressively knowledgeable about all things London. She ensured the day went off without a hitch. I would highly recommend to first time and return visitors alike!!
Jackie Patterson
Jackie Patterson
7. October, 2023
A great tour! Private London Tours was able to put together a tour that worked for us. Started with a pickup at the Sofitel Hotel in Heathrow, then a tour of Windsor Castle, lunch, transport to London, a driveby tour of sites in London and then a tour of the crown jewels and London Tower. Charlotte was excellent and we couldn't have asked for a better guide. At the end of the day she walked us to the train station with directions on taking the train back to Heathrow and our hotel. Communication was great regarding where to meet, etc. We couldn't have asked for a better experience.
Natalie P
Natalie P
24. September, 2023
Gio took the time to match us up with the guides most suited to each day’s itineraries. Our guides, Alan and Aaron, were well informed, charming and interesting people themselves. Highly recommend!
Sam Allen
Sam Allen
18. September, 2023
We had an incredible day tour with Gavin. Born and raised in London, he was a wealth of information and knew every alley of the city. He was an absolute joy and his knowledge of everything we saw was incredible. We walked from our hotel to the Tower of London - on the way he showed us many old sights of London and pointed out some locations where Harry Potter was filmed, which wasn't part of our tour. We then took a black cab to Westminster Abbey where he continued to be an excellent tour guide. He chose an amazing place for us to have lunch (a traditional pub) before we headed to the Churchill War Rooms. Again, his knowledge was detailed and well delivered. He was simply amazing and everything about this tour was excellent, I couldn't recommend it highly enough.
Paty Guzmán
Paty Guzmán
15. September, 2023
Tuvimos un día muy agradable en nuestro paseo, guiados por Joanna. Es un tour intenso, ya que fueron casi 12 horas, pero valió mucho la pena. La salida de Londres fue a las 7:30, y nos tomó casi 3 horas llegar a Bath. Las explicaciones de Joanna durante el trayecto y al estar en los lugares fueron interesantes y profundas. Se nota que sabe y que ama lo que hace. Nuestro chofer, Shoroff, también fue muy amable, y se detenía donde fuese necesario. Luego fuimos por la campiña inglesa hacia The Cotswolds, de los que visitamos Lacock (a media hora de camino desde Bath), y finalmente Castle Combe, un lugar minúsculo que parece sacado de un cuento. El regreso a Londres tomó otras 3 horas. Gracias a Private London Tours por la organización y ejecución de este maravilloso tour.
Renee Hamilton-Wilson
Renee Hamilton-Wilson
14. September, 2023
I Was so impressed by the service I received. From the initial email response to the drop off at the train station. Our guide Joanna was so nice and professional. Our driver Shorof was amazing. The way he was able to get us up close and personal to our numerous destinations was mind blowing. This team made us feel special and went above and beyond for our short trip to London. I highly recommend. I will be booking my next years trip ASAP.
Kelly Gurosky
Kelly Gurosky
8. September, 2023
What a perfect tour in every way. We asked for a custom tour and Gio and his team delivered! Monica was our tour guide and not only was she friendly and courteous, she was sooooo knowledgeable! We all learned so much! She was amazing! They were very easy to communicate and work with. A fabulous day!! Thank you Private London Tours!!

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