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Royal Palaces Walking Tour with Guard Change

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Walk through the incredible city of London and visit some of the capital’s most iconic shops, churches, clubs, and palaces, some of which are favorites of the British Royal family, on this leisurely walking tour. You will also get a chance to witness the legendary Changing of the Guards ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Highlights

  • Take a casual walking tour of London with an expert local guide.
  • Learn interesting facts about all the places you see on this two hour walking tour.
  • Visit fascinating locations like the Queen’s off licence, Prince Philip’s barber, and the Crown Estate.
  • See the iconic ‘Changing of the Guard’ ceremony at the Buckingham Palace.
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Why You Shouldn’t Miss This

London has been one of the most populous and prosperous cities in Europe for two millennia. The city is known for its rich history and fascinating culture. Although England is a democracy, the British Royal Family continues to be held in high regard throughout the region. London is home to four extremely popular World Heritage Sites - the Tower of London, the Kew Gardens, St Margaret’s Church, and Westminster Abbey. This tour takes you to some of these alluring sites in the heart of the city.

Nothing embodies Britain’s spirit of pomp and royalty like the Changing of the Guard. It begins at 11 AM on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace if the weather is suitable and lasts for about 45 minutes. The process primarily involves guards, clad in bearskin caps and scarlet tunics, musically supported by the Regiment Band, exchanging the responsibility of protecting the Queen in her residence. Watching the elaborate ceremony is thoroughly fascinating, and is a must-see for anyone visiting London.

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Your Experience

This two hour walking tour through the capital, which begins at Leicester Square, is the perfect way to get acquainted with the city. Your guide will tell you interesting stories about the places you see. You will also learn about the esoteric and somewhat quaint lives of the British royalty. Your guide will take you to see parts of the impressive Crown Estate.

Find out where the Queen of England buys her alcohol and where Prince Philip gets haircuts. You will then visit Jermyn Street. It is filled with establishments that hold Royal Warrants that give them the right to advertise that they sell goods or services to the English Royal Family. The famous Changing of the Guard tradition is a delight to watch. Your tour will end at the Westminster Station.

The Guard Change may not be operational in bad weather conditions. On these occasions, the tour group will visit the Horse Guards for a photo stop instead.

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Inclusions

  • Leisurely walking tour of London
  • Witness the Changing of the Guards (subject to availability and weather conditions)
  • Professional guide
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Exclusions

  • Admission to attractions on the tour like the Westminster Abbey
  • Food or beverages
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Timings

The tour is available on all days of the week between 10 AM and 12 PM.

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Strict Cancellation Policy

This experience cannot be cancelled, amended or rescheduled.

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Armando Combs
Armando
Reviewed in September, 2018

Learning of the quaint lives of the Royal family makes you feel oddly connected to them. Great tour.

Brock Lang
Brock
Reviewed in September, 2018

I've always been fascinated by the grandeur with which the Royal Family is considered. The 'Changing of the Guard' ceremony is a sight to witness, if you can!

Drake Gallagher
Drake
Reviewed in September, 2018

A two hour tour through the capital, learning about the establishments the Royal Family trusts in, which tourists like us, would not have noticed. Fun!

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My Tickets

You will receive an email confirmation along with a voucher instantly. Please display a printed version of your voucher along with some valid photo ID before the tour commences.

Meeting Point

Golden Tours Visitor Centre - Leicester Square, located at 11A Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0EP, UK.

How to Get There

Take buses 24, 29, 176, N5, N20, N29 ,N41, or N279 and get off at St Martin’s Place (Stop K). The meeting point is a 5-minute walk from this bus stop.

Validity

This tour is valid for the date and time selected during booking.

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Where?

Golden Tours Visitor Centre, London

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Additional Information

The tour meets outside St James’s Park Underground Station, where you will find your guide outside the entrance to Broadway and Tothill Street holding a sign of one of our leaflets.

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