Guided tour

London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

Activity provider: Urban Saunters Ltd

London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

Activity provider: Urban Saunters Ltd
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From £24 £20.40 per person

Witness one of the most dazzling ceremonies in the world in London in a private or small group, with a friendly local guide bringing you closer to the action of the Changing of the Guards.

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Duration 105 minutes
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Live tour guide
English
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Take in the highlights of this world-famous ceremony
  • Experience Changing of the Guard with a true local
  • Learn about British history and the royal family from your guide
  • Follow the guards journey to Buckingham Palace on foot
  • Choose between a shared group or private tour
Full description

Join a local guide as you are served a slice of world-famous ceremonial action with a private or shared group tour Changing of the Guards experience. There is so much more to this extravagant shift change than meets the eye.

With your guide to lead the way, you’ll soon know your Welsh from your Grenadier guard, and understand what the deal is with those fuzzy bearskin hats.

Hear the astounding origins of this dazzling spectacle and get a handle on the significance of every color, button, mascot, symbol, and movement in this most British of traditions.

From the best possible viewing point, your small group will join the guards on their journey toward Buckingham Palace as you march to the beat of their drums. Get as close as possible with the opportunity to take some amazing snapshots.

Includes
  • Local guide
  • Group walking tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • People with respiratory issues

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Participants

Date

Meeting point

Meet the guide by the Equestrian statue of Edward VII, Waterloo Place. Arriving by tube: Take the tube to Piccadilly Circus and take exit No. 3 onto Regent Street/St. James's. Walk south down Regent Street towards St. James's Park (do not walk north towards Oxford Street). Waterloo Place is at the end of Regent Street. You will see a statue of man on horse. Look for Urban Saunters tour sign.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Umbrella
  • Water
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • You will not stand at the forecourt of Buckingham Palace as, due to crowds, you see very little and the experience would be less fun
  • It is at the discretion of the British Army to change or cancel the Ceremony. The announcement will not be made until after 10:30 AM so come rain or shine, the Changing of the Guard experience will go-ahead
  • If the full ceremony is canceled, there will still be the chance to see the guards marching, just without the music
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 141 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5

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Such a great tour, learnt lots about the guards and the history behind it. Richard our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly which made the tour even better. Answered all of our questions that we had and got us to the best places and at just the right times to view the action.

15 August 2022

Nathan was extremely knowledgeable and very interesting to listen to. I could see that he is very interested in the history and he understands the ceremony and he explained it well. I highly recommend him and the tour itself. He positioned his group in great places to see the most of the total ceremony. Great experience!

3 August 2022

He was an outstanding guide, full of fun information as well as the basic facts. He also knew exactly where to position us so that we had an excellent view of the stages of the changing of the guards. We had no idea how valuable a tour guide would be for this event, as there are 3 events actually and you have to know where to go to see them all. Our whole family, 9 of us, enjoyed this tour thoroughly! In fact, it was our favorite tour of the ten days we were in London.

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29 July 2022

Product ID: 413142