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London Shard Tours

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London Shard
Piercing the sky like a gigantic shard of glass, the London Shard is every bit as spectacular as it sounds. This architectural wonder, designed by Renzo Piano, is not only one of the city’s most iconic structures—it also boasts the highest observation deck in London.

The Basics
For most visitors, the star attraction is the view from The Shard’s open-air Skydeck, which affords a spectacular vista of London landmarks such as the Tower of London, Big Ben, the London Bridge, Buckingham Palace, and even (on a clear day) the distant Windsor Castle. Visitors can opt for a day or evening visit, splurge to add Champagne, or combine skip-the-line entrance with a ride on the London Eye, a sightseeing cruise along the River Thames, or a walking tour of Central London.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Visits are timed, so it’s best to book ahead.
  • For security reasons, all guests are required to pass through metal detectors and have their bags scanned before entering the building.
  • Free Wi-Fi is available on-site.
  • The Shard is fully wheelchair accessible and concession tickets are available.

How to Get to The Shard
The Shard is located in Southwark in central London, a short stroll from the London Bridge and Borough Market. The closest tube station is London Bridge, served by the Jubilee and Northern lines. 

When to Get There
The Shard is open all year round, and thanks to the London Landmarks Guarantee—if you can’t spot at least three of the city’s top landmarks, you can revisit for free in better weather—there’s no bad time to visit. Those hoping to avoid the crowds are best off visiting outside of peak summer season or opting for an early morning weekday time slot. For the most atmospheric views, consider an evening visit to admire the illuminated London skyline.

The Shard by Numbers
Standing a dizzying 1,016 feet (309.6 meters) high, The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe and features a shimmering façade made from some 11,000 panes of glass, with 44 lifts and 306 flights of stairs. At 800 feet (244 meters) high, the observation deck is twice as high as any other London viewpoint, and the 360-degree panoramic views stretch up to 40 miles (64 kilometers) away on a clear day.
Address: 32 London Bridge Street, London SE1, England
Hours: April–Oct: daily 10am–10pm; Nov–March: Sun–Wed 10am–7pm, Thurs–Sat 10am–10pm
Admission: Adult £25.95, Child £19.95
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Recent Reviews from Experiences in London

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On a high !!!
Ann_D
, Mar 2020
We had a fabulous afternoon the staff were very friendly and the view was amazing !!!! Particularly enjoyed the coffee and cake but would like to try the restaurant next time.
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Sunset view
mikenjfl79
, Jan 2020
Amazing experience, perfect for sunset with a delicious glass of champagne! The views from the Shard are incomparable in London. Completely worth it. Love the skip the line feature!
star-4
A nice experience
iruff
, Jan 2020
We enjoyed our "on top of the world" experience. The staff were helpful and friendly. It could have been better on a clear sunny day, but even on a grey day like this the views were amazing!

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      Frequently Asked Questions

      The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
      Q:
      What are London Shard hours of operation?
      A:
      London Shard hours of operation: April–Oct: daily 10am–10pm; Nov–March: Sun–Wed 10am–7pm, Thurs–Sat 10am–10pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
      Q:
      Should I book London Shard tickets in advance?
      A:
      We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since London Shard can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 34 London Shard tickets and tours on Viator.
      Q:
      How much does it cost to visit London Shard 2020?
      A:
      Currently, an entrance ticket to London Shard costs USD 34.43. Guided London Shard tours start around USD 34.43 per person. See all 34 London Shard tickets and tours on Viator.
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      What's the best way to experience London Shard?