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Private Victoria & Albert Museum Tour: Greatest Collection of Arts and Crafts

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Greater London, United Kingdom

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more
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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

Explore London’s V&A (aka the Victoria and Albert Museum) and Apsley House with art-history expert as your guide. This private tour is a great way to learn about the art inside these two prestigious museums. Browse highlights of the world’s largest collection of decorative arts inside the V&A, and hear tales of the Duke of Wellington and all his finery at historical Apsley House.
  • In-depth private tour of London's Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Guided walk along Knightsbridge
  • Tailor the tour to suit your own interests with a professional art historian guide
  • Choice of morning and afternoon times
Private tour
Professional art historian guide
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL, UK

Return Details

Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL, UK
Start your private tour at London’s V&A Museum, the city’s center of arts and crafts that is dedicated to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Today the museum is home to art from all styles, eras and countries, with its main collection a series of British oil paintings and watercolors. Explore rooms full of sculptures and architecture, and hear fun facts about one of the world’s finest collections of applied art.

Head inside the Raphael Cartoons collection that the Renaissance master Raphael created for Pope Leo X, add discover the highlights of the Medieval and Renaissance galleries.

Leave the V&A for a stroll through Knightsbridge where Harrods and other prestigious shopping establishments can be found. In the heart of the upmarket neighborhood is Apsley House, aka No 1 London.

Hear how the house was built for Baron Apsley before it fell into the hands of the Duke of Wellington. The duke lavished it further with a Corinthian temple besides other features, turning it into his very own grand mansion.

Head inside to explore and catch sight of the marble Canova statue of Napoleon in the guise of Apollo, and admire an array of treasure: sets of porcelain and silver, jewels, snuff boxes, stately furniture and more. Hear the history of the house as you head upstairs, and marvel at the duke’s collection of paintings. Pieces of art from the Royal Spanish collection, which were found in Giuseppe Bonaparte’s coach when he fled Madrid, were gifted to the duke by the King of Spain. Among the notable pieces are paintings by Goya, Murillo, Ribera, Rubens and Velázquez.

Your private tour finishes outside the house.

Please note: If you have any particular interests, for example art, history or architecture, please make a note in the ‘Special Requirements’ field when you book. Your guide will prepare your tour with those interests in mind.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum
After joining your guide you will be introduced to the most amazing objects designed by artists and craftsmen. Started as a school of design since 1836, the Museum was soon called “A People’s Palace", which was re-established to continue the famous Crystal Palace Exhibition. Its future Director Henry Cole said: “This Museum based on Design and Manufacture will educate designers, inspire manufacturers and reform the taste of the public at large. Your guide who will show you briefly the main Museum Galleries of European, American and Asian Art, will concentrate in the highlight of the Museum. He or she will show you the mode of the first prefab glass building used to hold in the Park the Great Exhibition of 1851 called “The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations”, later expanded to all Arts. You will see Ancient Textiles and Modern Chairs, works by Michelangelo, Leonardo and Giambologna; Bernini’s largest marble statue moved out of Italy; Canova and Rodin’s sculptures. In the Islamic Galleries the Ardabil Carpet, the largest and finest carpet in the world; Tipu’s Tiger from Misore; Indian Jewellery, European Jewellery from Ancient to Modern times, Miniatures and Limnings, Clothes by the best designers of our day, Glass and Ceramics galore, etc. etc. This private tour is hosted by a professional guide specializing in art history.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY ARTSTUR Ltd

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Victoria & Albert Museum Tour: Greatest Collection of Arts and Crafts?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Private Victoria & Albert Museum Tour: Greatest Collection of Arts and Crafts.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Victoria & Albert Museum Tour: Greatest Collection of Arts and Crafts?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Private Victoria & Albert Museum Tour: Greatest Collection of Arts and Crafts.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Victoria & Albert Museum Tour: Greatest Collection of Arts and Crafts?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Victoria & Albert Museum Tour: Greatest Collection of Arts and Crafts.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Victoria & Albert Museum Tour: Greatest Collection of Arts and Crafts?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Private Victoria & Albert Museum Tour: Greatest Collection of Arts and Crafts.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Private Victoria & Albert Museum Tour: Greatest Collection of Arts and Crafts?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Private Victoria & Albert Museum Tour: Greatest Collection of Arts and Crafts.

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I thought the private tour was...
Robert V
, Nov 2015
I thought the private tour was rather expensive for what we received. The tour giude focused on Italian artwork and there was so much more to see. I wish that the tour guide had been more informative about the museum in general.
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Rosa Maria is an OUTSTANDING guide...
Patricia F
, Aug 2015
Rosa Maria is an OUTSTANDING guide !!! ... We enjoyed the tour immensely !!!
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I was totally embarrassed that I...
Rebeca E
, Jun 2011
I was totally embarrassed that I arranged this tour; the guide was not only late, he did not have any sign identifying himself or reaching out to our group; although he was very knowledgable of art history, he ran us around only to tell us mid tour that we would not be doing the walking tour of Apsley House, because it was closed. His appearance was dis-shoveled, and he kept checking his cell phone???? I wish I could recommend this tour;

Product code: 3207LON5

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