Small Group British Museum Tour

Experience a Private Guided Tour of the British Museum

The British Museum is one of the most famous, impressive, and largest museums in the world.  With over 80,000 artefacts on display and 5.9 million visitors a year, it is very easy to become overwhelmed and miss something noteworthy.  We’re here to make sure that doesn’t happen!

Our private tour of the British Museum is designed to allow you to cut through the confusion and focus on some of the most breath-taking artefacts on display. Your guide will take you to the most important must-see items in the museum, spanning millennia and tens of thousands of miles. You will see some of the world’s most important archaeological discoveries from some of humanity’s most influential and lasting civilizations. The British Museum contains the history of the world without leaving 21st Century London.

Whether your interests lay in ancient Mesopotamia, the Pharaohs of Egypt or the arts of the Middle Ages we have you covered. With displays from every age and every corner of the world there is something here for everyone. This is the perfect tour for experts and newcomers alike, and as these tours are always for private groups, our knowledgeable guides will be happy to tailor the tour to suit you. Where else can a rainy day in London turn into a time traveling adventure from the deserts of Egypt to the jungles of Central America?

Not only will your guide show you truly breath-taking pieces, they will also regale you with some of the hair-raising stories of how it was all acquired. Tales of professional grave robbers, well-meaning archaeologists, lucky amateurs and the dark underbelly of empire will leave you shocked and entertained in equal measures. 

Since you probably don’t have two or three days to spend inside the museum, it’s important to have an expert guide who can show you the best pieces, along with the history of what makes them so special. This private guided tour is the only way to have a clear path through one of the world’s greatest collections of art and artefacts. We can’t wait to show you the treasures that await within its walls!

Thumbnail image courtesy of Nicole Baster

Tour Highlights

  • Expert Live Guide
  • Rosetta Stone
  • Parthenon Marbles
  • Egyptian Mummies
  • Sutton Hoo Burial Treasures
  • The Lewis Chessmen
  • Roman Armour
    • Live Guide
    • Expert Guided Tour inside the British Museum
  • This tour meets directly outside Goodge Street tube station (Northern Line) in Bloomsbury, London W1T 2HE. Look for your guide wearing a Fat Tire Tours shirt. 

    Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the tour start time so we can enter the museum when it opens. 

  • English, Please inquire about other languages
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    • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.
    • Due to security measures in place at the British Museum, we strongly recommend not bringing bags as they will need to be searched at security, which can take a considerable time. Please do not bring large luggage, suitcases, cabin bags, or other oversized objects to the Museum. Maximum bag size allowed inside the building is 40cm x 40cm x 50cm. Wheeled cases are not allowed onto the premises.
    • No sharp metal objects or liquids are permitted within the museum.
    • There is a paid coat check available.

FAQ

  • Expand/Collapse Where is the meeting point?

    This tour meets directly outside Goodge Street tube station (Northern Line) in Bloomsbury, London W1T 2HE. Look for your guide wearing a Fat Tire Tours shirt. 

    Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.

  • Expand/Collapse What is your cancellation policy?

    We're happy to offer free changes and 100% refund up to 24 hours before tour* Failure to cancel a reservation at least 24 hours prior to scheduled departure may result in forfeited travel funds. Fare difference may apply.

    *See restrictions here

  • Expand/Collapse Can I stay in the museum after the tour has ended?

    Absolutely! Your tour ends inside the museum and you are welcome to continue exploring the inside on your own after your tour guide has left.

  • Expand/Collapse Will we be able to take photos?

    Yes, the British Museum permits photography inside.

  • Expand/Collapse Is there a space to store bags or luggage?

    No, please do not bring large bags or luggage. Due to security measures in place at the British Museum, we strongly recommend not bringing bags as they will need to be searched at security, which can take a considerable time.

    Additionally, the museum strictly prohibits the following:

    • Sharp metal objects
    • Liquids of any sort
    • Luggage, suitcases, cabin bags, or any bag larger than 40cm x 40cm x 50cm
    • Wheeled cases
  • Expand/Collapse Is this tour appropriate for children?

    Absolutely! We have loads of families and we're a great family activity.

  • Expand/Collapse What type of works does the museum feature?

    The British Museum is home to over eight million artifacts, but some of the highlights include:

    • Rosetta Stone
    • Parthenon Marbles
    • Egyptian Mummies
    • Egyptian statues
    • Sutton Hoo Burial Treasures
    • Etruscan objects
    • Ancient Greek objects
    • Ancient Roman objects
    • Ancient Assyrian reliefs
    • The Lewis Chessmen
    • Roman Armour
    • The Reading Room

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