Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony

Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes
Destination: United Kingdom, England, London
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
  • London
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Experience London’s royal heritage and pageantry on a 2.5-hour experience that combines a visit to Buckingham Palace with the Changing of the Guard. Enjoy the colorful spectacle of the Changing of the Guard ceremony, and then enter the magnificent palace with a tour host for an independent audio tour of the State Rooms, an experience only available for two months of the year. Admire the lavish rooms that are used by the royals for State and ceremonial events, as you discover the palace’s history from the audio guide.
Please note: Buckingham Palace is only open to the public for approx. eight weeks each year. Tickets sell out fast, so book now to avoid disappointment

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: St. James's Park, Horse Guards Road The Storeyard, London SW1A 2BJ England

Greet your courteous guide at a central London location and stroll through the verdant splendor of St. James’ Park to Buckingham Palace, the majestic official residence of Her Majesty the Queen.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Changing of the Guard, Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA England

Stop at a prime position before the gates to behold the impressive Changing of the Guards Ceremony, a colorful and traditional performance that combines vibrantly dressed soldiers with rhythmic drum beats.
Please note: If there is heavy rain — or if the Changing of the Guard is rescheduled to early morning (as on some Sundays) — the ceremony will be replaced with a walking tour.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall, Horse Guards Whitehall, London SW1A 2AX England

See immaculately groomed horses and the beautifully dressed Household Cavalry canter across Horse Guards Parade, and then prepare to enter one of Britain’s most iconic cultural institutions.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Buckingham Palace, Spur Road, London SW1A 1AA England

Listen to illuminating commentary from your guide as you stroll to the entrance of the regal residence, only open for two months of the year. Pop in your audio guide and embark on independent exploration of Queen Elizabeth II’s luxurious State Apartments. Delight in opulent ornaments like sparkling chandeliers, classic artworks and elegantly upholstered furniture as you discover the historical rooms.
Return to the outside of Buckingham Palace and bid your guide farewell at this central location.

Duration: 1 hour

Inclusions
  • Professional host
  • Audio guide for Buckingham Palace
  • Changing of the Guard ceremony
  • Headsets when appropriate so you can always hear your guide
  • Entry/Admission - Buckingham Palace

Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Depending on the day you will see either the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace or Horse Guards Parade. The Changing of the Guard is subject to changes in date, time and cancellation at the discretion of British authorities.
  • On occasional Sundays may be rescheduled to early morning, this will then be replaced with an extended walking tour.
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Cancellation due to bad weather is not announced before 11AM. When this occurs, customers will still see a ‘wet change’ during which the guards march but without the usual music or parade.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
Departure Point

Duke of York Column, St. James's, London SW1Y 5AJ, UK


Return Details

Spur Road, Spur Rd, London SW1A 1AA, UK

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

2 hours 45 minutes

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

User's Reviews

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dianne.ofina

This is a must see. Jo our tour guide is very informative. I only have one complaint and that is when the group decided to move to another area, she should have announced it and let the other members know. We ended up staying on the same spot until we realized that our group is no longer in the area. We had to look for the black flag and asked another tour guide who offered for us to join them but we insisted on looking for our group in which we eventually had found. Other than that, this tour is amazing.

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tonywccheung

Francis, the tourist guide is humorous and provide excellent information about the royal family and the time table of changing guards.

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Jennifer Lamotte

Michael was a friendly and witty tour guide. He took us to the various views of the Changing of the Guard. Buckingham Palace was on our own and it was absolutely stunning.

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sabimeg

David was great! Very informative and made our experience a very positive one. He showed us all the good spots on our tour!

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Amanda C

Our guide Francis was excellent. He gave us the history of the Royal Family and got us in the best locations to see the changing of the guards. The tour inside buckingham palace was beautiful and this experience gives you better access to get in. Highly recommend!

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Back of the Palace.

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Our guide, Amber

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Photo taken by guide in front of Buckingham Palace before entry to Palace

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Retired foot guards leaving the Palace grounds

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The arrival of the replacement horse guard

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The retiring horse guard

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Changing of the Guard

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