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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jerusalem1914

Nathan was an excellent tour guide, and he gave us lots of very detailed information. He was very thorough, and made it a pleasant afternoon on a cool day. We really enjoyed the self guided tour of the palace with all it's grandeur and history.

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Marie-Josee L

Jo was an excellent tour guide. Very informative and funny! The tour of Buckingham Palace was too crowded but worth seeing.

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Mertin R

The guide was wonderful and the tour was better. the palace and the narration were great. It was well organized

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Eileen S

Excellent tour. Rosie was our tour guide and she was incredibly upbeat, knowledgeable and her witty ad-libs were an added benefit throughout the tour. She knew exactly when and where to view the changing of the guard so we didn't get lost in the huge crowd. Thank you Rosie for being a delightful and lovely tour guide.

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David S

Tour guide Rosie was outstanding - knowledgeable, friendly, well-prepared. Changing of the guard ceremony very interesting. The palace was crowded but beautiful.

User's Picture Gallery

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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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