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The Original Tour

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What to expect

Please be aware of government guidelines before setting off.

Government Guidelines
  • The Original Tour was the original sightseeing bus tour in London, beginning in 1951, so they know what they’re doing if you’re looking for a great day!
  • Expect brilliant and unique sightseeing tours, whether you’re looking for royalty or family fun.


A London bus tour allows you to travel all over the city and see all of the London sights, whether traditional, movie-based like a Harry Potter Film Locations tour, tv show themed, or following a specific timeline. The Original Tour has created routes to encompass whatever you want to see.

The Original Tour was created in 1951 as the world’s first Hop-On Hop-Off sightseeing company during The Festival of Britain. It now has tours in London, Windsor, Bath, and Paris (although currently suspended), and also has walking tours. Their aim is to bring the original sightseeing experience to their guests. This London bus tour operator using open-top double-decker buses.

The Yellow Route is the most famous, and is great for London sightseeing, as it takes you past landmarks such as the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, lastminute.com London Eye, The Shard, Buckingham Palace, and Big Ben. It lasts about an hour and a bus leaves every 20 minutes. It’s also perfect if you want to jump off to see the sight up close, as it can drop you off within walking distance of them.

Sunny London in summer, specifically Tower Bridge.

Feel like a different view of London? How about a Sightseeing Thames River Cruise? This tour offers food and drink, so is perfect for a relaxing view of London. There are four piers across the whole route which include Westminster Pier, Tower Pier, London Eye Pier and Greenwich Pier. You can even join while on your bus tour depending on your ticket.

Want to move over to Windsor? The Windsor Sightseeing Bus Tour allows you to see a variety of Windsor and Eton landmarks, like Windsor Castle and Eton College, in 45 minutes. Unfortunately, the London to Windsor bus tour is currently not running.

The UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath is an incredible place to see, so why not embrace the quaintness on this Bath bus tour. The Navigatours Bath Bus Tour will take you around the city to see so much including the Roman Baths, Thermae Bath Spa, Jane Austen Centre, Bath Assembly Rooms and Bath Abbey.

With so much choice, The Original Tour can take all of the stress out of a sightseeing visit, with its diverse range of tours perfect for the summer.

What to know before you go

  • All buses are wheelchair accessible. It is recommended you board at the Victoria or Piccadilly Circus departure points for any London tours as there will be additional staff on hand to help.
  • Pushchairs and prams can be brought onboard, but must be folded before boarding.
  • There is free WiFi on all buses.
  • There are no toilets on the bus, but most routes unless specified include plenty of stops which will enable you to get on and off, and the driver can point you in the direction of the nearest toilet.
  • There is no food served on the buses, but there is food and drinks on the Thames River Cruise, and drinks served on the London Bar Bus.

Getting there

  • The best place to find information is at The Original Tour Visitor Centre in London, SW1Y 5BL.
  • The closest rail stations to their Visitor Centre are Piccadilly Circus and Charing Cross.
  • There is easy access between London and Windsor, and London and Bath which The Original Tour can help with, as well as with trips to Paris when they reopen.

Please follow the latest government guidelines if travelling by public transport.

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The Original Tour is a bus tour operator based in London. They were the first sightseeing tour bus in London, and now do a variety of different London coach tours and bus tours, as well as tours in Windsor, Bath and Paris. They also have walking tours and river cruises available. The Original Tour have created routes across London to highlight different areas. The five main departure points always kick off a great tour, whether that's Coventry Street, Grosvenor Garden, Trafalgar Square, Marble Arch or Tower Hill. Their tickets are just as varied as their sites too; want to hop on and off different routes? Sticking around for three days and need a ticket to handle that? Interested in Jack the Ripper and everything spooky? No matter what you’re looking for, these are original bus tours in every sense of the word.