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Changing of the Guard Tour with Optional Buckingham Palace Entry

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Walk in the footsteps of Britain’s Royals and learn interesting facts about their lives on this guided tour and see the famous changing of the guard!

Highlights

  • Experience the iconic Changing of the Foot Guards at Buckingham Palace on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. On other days, catch the Changing of the Horse Guards instead.

  • Take a stroll through royal settings like St. James's Park, the Mall, and St. James's Palace, while your guide shares fascinating stories.

  • Discover quirky spots such as The Queen's favorite alcohol shop and Prince Philip's barber for a unique experience.

  • Upgrade your tour to explore inside Buckingham Palace, with access to the State Rooms, open to the public for only two months a year.

  • Fun Fact: Those iconic guards' hats? They're not bearskin but synthetic fur, reflecting a commitment to animal rights.

Inclusions

  • Changing of the Guard Ceremony

  • 1.5 hour walking tour

  • Expert English-speaking tour guide

  • Audio headsets

  • Small group tour of 20 people or fewer

  • Entry to Buckingham Palace State Rooms (optional)

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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Guests from United States, Germany, Austria and over 31 countries have loved this experience
Tom Dietz

Tom

5/5

Jun, 2024

Lee was an incredible tour guide who was incredibly knowledgable about the various sights we saw throughtout the tour, and ensured that the entire group stayed together. Could not have asked for a better experience.
Erik Kuhn

Erik

5/5

Jun, 2024

The booking process only 24 hours in advance of the Buckingham Palace Changing of the Guard walking tour was the smoothest experience from the purchase to ocating our guide Kattrina the day of tour. We enjoyed her extensive knowldege of the Royals history delivered with wit. The day was made better by her knowledge of when and where to stand for viewing the changing of the guards and where to be in order to catch a glimpse of the King and his motorcade which happened to be the day we booked. Two Thumbs Up
Gary shields

Gary

4/5

May, 2024

Our tour guide, Marilyn was very informative. We enjoyed everything we saw and learned. However, and not the fault of our guide, we were disappointed about not seeing the red jacketed, high,black plumed hat guards. Coming from the USA, and reading the description of a tour saying changing of the guard, 💂 that is who we all expected to see. You should use a better explanation so as not to disappoint.
Louise Stanley

Louise

5/5

Apr, 2024

Our tourgide, Louise, was the best! She scoped out the perfect viewing spaces for oir group and even saved space for two women who could not walk fast enough to get to the area fast enough to get a space of their own.
Nancy Wilburn

Nancy

5/5

Apr, 2024

Lee our guide was Awesome! He was SO polite and informative. He treated us like royalty. He made sure we had front row views. He offered to take our pictures and had a wealth of information. He made sure to take care of all of our needs. Booking was easy and meet up details easy to follow. BEST EXPERIENCE OF THE DAY! Thanks Lee!

Experience Royal London Like Never Before

Embark on an immersive tour that unravels the grandeur of British tradition, on this guided tour to see the changing of the guard. Witness the iconic changing of the guard outside Buckingham Palace. These guards, in their distinctive red tunics and faux bearskin hats, make for an unforgettable sight. With a personal headset, your guide's lively commentary brings alive every intricate detail of this tradition.

Engage with History and Pageantry

Enjoy a tranquil stroll through St James's Park, the oldest Royal Park in London, known for its resident pelicans. If you opt for the London walking tour, your journey begins at The Mall where you will admire the majestic view towards Buckingham Palace. Led by an expert English-speaking guide, you'll move onto the vibrant St James's Palace/Horse Guards Parade. Or opt to visit the Buckingham Palace with an audio guide as you see the exquisite Royal Collection.

Important Information

  • Changing of the Foot Guards Ceremony takes place on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

  • Please note that if you book your tour on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday, you’ll experience the change of the Household Cavalry.

  • This is a walking tour with a fair amount of walking. Please wear comfortable clothing and footwear

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your tour to avoid any delays.

Meeting Point

  • Meet your guide at Duke of York Monument.

  • Address: St. James's, London SW1Y 5AJ, United Kingdom.

  • Guide Identifier: Your guide will be holding a sign or a flag with the name City Wonders written on it.

Get Directions to the Meeting Point

Getting There

By Bus

  • The closest bus stop is Trafalgar Square (Stop T). It is a quick 3-minute walk to the meeting point.

  • Board buses 12, 88, and more to get you there.

By Subway

  • The closest subway station is Charing Cross. It is a quick 5-minute walk to the meeting point.

  • Board subway line Bakerloo or Northern to get you there.

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