Small-Group Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Destination: United Kingdom, England, London
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • London
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

See British tradition come to life on this fully-guided Changing of the Guard walking tour that ensures you get the very best views of this spectacular ceremony!  Don’t make the same mistake that so many visitors often – and understandably – make, believing the prime vantage point from where to experience this time-honoured tradition is outside Buckingham Palace.

These spectators’ enthusiasm quickly turns to disappointment when they realise that they have waited for hours only to see the very end of this unique performance, their view often blocked by the throngs of people crowding around them. Instead, follow your guide on a dynamic journey that takes in the entire Changing of the Guard from beginning to end as they expertly navigate the crowds to take you to the best – and most photographable – viewpoints.

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

Your regal tour begins at the Duke of York Column, located in St. James’, where you’ll greet your guide, don a personal headset, and receive a historical overview of the Changing of the Guard ceremony.

Many tourists make the mistake of viewing the ceremony outside of Buckingham Palace. However on this tour, handpicked vantage points ensure you get the best views of the royal tradition while listening to commentary that explains each part of the performance.

Marvel at the shimmering coats of the household cavalry as their riders control the horses with expert precision; capture photographs of the iconic red and black attire of the Queen’s foot soldiers; and, move quickly between vantage points in a small group of only 15 people.

Your tour concludes outside of Buckingham Palace.

Please note: The Changing of the Guard ceremony is subject to changes in date, time and cancellation at the discretion of British authorities. Cancellation due to bad weather is not announced before 11am. Even when cancelled, customers will still see a ‘wet change’ during which the guards march but without the usual music and parade.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Pass By: Buckingham Palace, Spur Road, London SW1A 1AA England

Passing by

Inclusions
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 15 people or fewer
  • Headsets when appropriate
  • Entry/Admission - Changing of the Guard

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The Changing of the Guard ceremony is subject to changes in date, time and cancellation at the discretion of British authorities. Cancellation due to bad weather is not announced before 11am. Even when cancelled, customers will still see a ‘wet change’ during which the guards march but without the usual music and parade.
  • Please note weather is very changeable in London, please ensure you have rainproof clothing
  • Please note that the changing of the guard schedule may change and on different dates we will see either footguards or horseguards
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 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

1 hour 30 minutes

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

User's Reviews

Ron Gobble

05 Feb, 2020

One of our favorite excursions while visiting London.
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour a great experience for us both. We were in a great location to see the changing of the guards. We would highly recommend attending on Sundays since you can see both the horse guards changing, as well as, the foot soldiers.
We love “Marnie”, our tour guide and would highly recommend this tour to others.

Bryan S

19 Nov, 2019

Amber, our tour guide, was awesome. Led our small group of 12 or so to the best viewing sights and explained events as they occurred through our earphone pieces. Great experience, highly recommend!

Ronald B

03 Oct, 2019

Jo did an amazing job of allowing us to see this spectacular site up close.... also thanks for interesting and easily heard and understood commentary

Judy F

30 Sep, 2019

This was the best tour! Phil, our guide, was high energy, told great stories and historical information and took us to the places we needed to be to see the guard, both old and new. I chose this tour because I wanted to be “behind the scenes” for this event. Phil didn't disappoint and was true to his word that we would literally be marching next to the Queen's Band! Thanks for a great experience! I highly recommend this tour!

Lisa W

27 Sep, 2019

Enjoyed this small group tour with Rosie. She had loads of information to share and knew the best places to take us to see what was actually happening. So glad we did the tour instead of just showing up at Buckingham Palace on our own trying to find a spot to see the ceremony. We wouldn't have gotten nearly as much out of the experience as we did going with Rosie!

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