The Shard – tickets, prices, discounts, timings, what to expect, FAQs

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London is one of the premier destinations in the world and has been for a long time.

It boasts a rich history spanning nearly a millennium, a thriving urban landscape for centuries, and a contemporary position as a global hub for culture, art, politics, and finance.

A remarkable 310 meter (1,016 foot) tall structure, seamlessly blends modern and traditional elements, providing an expansive panoramic view of London as if it were one vast, sweeping canvas.

This article covers everything you must know before booking tickets to the Berlin TV Tower.

Where to book tickets

Visit the booking page

Online ticket prices tend to be cheaper than tickets at the venue.

Booking online also helps you get exclusive discounts and offers.

When you buy online, you can avoid the long queues at the attraction’s ticket counters.

When you book early, you also get your preferred time slot.

Booking early also helps avoid last-minute disappointments.

How do online tickets work

The Shard Top View
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Visit the booking page

Once there, you will be asked to specify your planned travel date, time slot, and the number of members in your travelling party.

Once you complete the booking process, the tickets will be mailed to you.

You do not need to carry printouts.

Show the e-ticket on your smartphone to the staff and carry a valid ID.

The Shard ticket cost

Skip the Line Shard
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For Skip-the-line View from The Shard & Private Tour of London, the ticket for all ages is priced at £450.

The Shard tickets

By purchasing tickets for this tour, you will receive exclusive access to a private guide who will accompany you on a three-hour guided walking tour of select London attractions.

The tour culminates at the Shard, granting you skip-the-line access to the viewing platforms.

You can spend as much time as you want at the viewing platform; the guide will not accompany you there.

Ticket Price: £450


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Timing of The Shard

It is open to all visitors from 10 am to 10 pm Thursday To Saturday and 10 am to 7 pm Sunday to Wednesday.

If you are taking the walking tour, there are multiple slots in the day you can choose from, ranging from 10 am to 3 pm.

How long does the The Shard take

A tour takes around 90 minutes to complete.

If you wish to eat at one of the eateries, budget an extra hour.

The walking tour of the city that culminates takes three hours to complete.

Best time to visit The Shard

The best time to visit is before sunset so you can see the beautiful city bathed in sunlight, watch it transition to twilight, and witness the twinkling city lights come out slowly.

However, sunset timings attract many visitors, and if you wish to visit the tower at leisure, the best time to visit is 10 am.


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FAQs

Here are a few frequently asked questions:

Is the Shard disability friendly?

Yes, it has wheelchair access and also allows service animals.

Does the Shard have a revolving restaurant?

No, doesn’t have a revolving restaurant currently..

Does my visit to the Shard have a time limitation?

There is no time restriction to your visit.
Once inside, you can enjoy the views and the experience for as long as you like until closing time.

What happens if I’m running late for my visit to the Shard London?

You can enter at any time up to 15 minutes after the time printed on your ticket.
If you arrive later, you may need to pay a rebooking fee.

Is there car parking at the Shard?

There are no parking facilities.
 
However, there are several car parks in the locality.

What to expect at The Shard

Take a walking tour of London led by expert guides who will curate your tour past selected highlights of the great city.

View the Tower Hill Memorial and learn about the history of World Wars I and II.

Explore the city’s Roman past along the London Wall and see the imposing Tower of London, which served as the Tudor family’s royal residence.

Cross the famous Tower Bridge and wander along the River Thames.

Visit the impressive HMS Belfast, a ship built for the Royal Navy, after passing the incredibly contemporary City Hall.

Admire the vision and seminal craftsmanship that was inspired by London’s historical spires and masts that once graced the Thames riverside.

The grandeur of the architecture, conceptualized by the esteemed modern architect Renzo Piano, seamlessly blends with the sleekness of modern aesthetics.

Its unusual pyramid design, entirely made of glass, reflects the dynamically shifting cityscape that surrounds it.

Get skip-the-line access to the Shard, one of the city’s top attractions, which stands nearly twice as high as the London sky.

Step inside extraordinary high-speed lifts that carry you from Level 1 to the Level 68 viewing platform in sixty seconds.

Watch the horizon expand farther and farther as you see the great city materialise in front of you as you ascend.  

Take in spectacular 360-degree views of the great city from the Level 69 observation deck as you relax  with a glass of champagne.

See London’s iconic sights from Level 72’s open-air sky deck, where you can hear the noises of the city below while being exposed to the weather.

The viewing platforms are equipped with touchscreens with comprehensive virtual info that help you dive deep into the history of London’s landmarks.

Savour world-class cuisine and a range of drinks at many restaurants and bars, such as Aqua Shard, Bar 31, Oblix, TING, and more.

How to reach The Shard

It is conveniently situated in the central London Bridge area, forming a part of the London Borough of Southwark.

Address: 32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG, UK. Get Directions.

It is well connected by public transportation.

By Bus

The Hop Exchange (W) is a three-minute walk away.

London Bridge Station (D) is a three-minute walk away.

London Bridge (Y) is a three-minute walk away.

London Bridge (M) is a three-minute walk away.

London Bridge Station ® is a three-minute walk away.

Bus Lines that service stations near by.

– N343, New Cross Gate
– 381, Peckham
– N381, Whitehall, Horse Guards
– N21, Trafalgar Square
– 21, Holloway, Nag’s Head
– 35, Clapham Junction
– 47, Bellingham, Catford Bus Garage

River bus Stations near by:

Tower Pier is a six-minute walk away.

By Train

The London Bridge Tube Station is a one-minute walk away.

JUBILEE line services this tube station.

By Car

Put your starting point here to navigate.

Cars for rent and Taxis for hire are easily available in London.

Here is a list of parking spots near by.

Sources
# Tripadvisor.com
# The-shard.com
# Wikipedia.org

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