Guided tour

London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

From £18 per person

Find the best viewpoints with a knowledgeable guide to capture every moment of this British tradition. March in step with the soldiers and learn the history of the guards, the royals and their palaces.

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Duration options: 2 - 3 hours
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Live tour guide
German, French, Italian, Spanish, English
Small group available
Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Umbrella
  • Water

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Baby strollers
  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Occasionally there may be no Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.
Highlights
  • Experience a quintessential London tradition
  • Let your guide take you quickly through the crowds for the best views
  • Learn all about the history of the ceremony with explanations and commentary
Full description
Find the prime vantage points that most people miss and see this time-honored tradition from outside Buckingham Palace. Follow your guide on a dynamic journey that will take you through each stage of the entire Changing of the Guard ceremony from beginning to end. Navigate the crowds easily and quickly. Let your guide take you to the best spots with unobstructed views for taking photos of the palace, gardens, and parade grounds. Marvel at the precision with which the Queen’s Foot Guards march to Buckingham Palace, clad in their iconic red tunics and bearskin hats. Admire the gleaming coats of the Household Cavalry’s horses as they emerge at Horse Guard’s Parade. As you watch, hear about the history of this fascinating ceremony and gain invaluable insight into every detail of this British spectacle.
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  • Live tour guide

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    By the Duke of York Column, Waterloo Place, 9 Carlton Terrace, London SW1Y 5AJ. This is the tall column with a statue on top. 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 the tall column with a statue on top. You can also arrive via Charing Cross Station. Walk down the Mall towards Buckingham Palace, you will see the statue on your right at the top of some steps.

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    Overall rating

    4.4 /5

    based on 778 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.5/5
    • Value for money
      4.1/5
    • Service
      4.5/5
    • Organization
      4.4/5

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    Super informative and fun tour, which was certainly also due to our excellent tour guide. Experiencing the changing of the guard with a tour guide is highly recommended as he knows the exact times and locations of ALL changing of the guard. We would definitely book this tour again, 5 out of 5 stars !!!

    15 December 2019

    We booked this walking tour to start off our London vacation and we are so glad we did. The meeting place was easy and convenient. Our tour guide had a bunch of information to tell us about spots on our tour on the way to see the guards marching out of St James Palace. We then walked fast to see the other guards coming out of their spot to switch in Buckingham Palace. Our guide was fun and informative and it was a great start to our vacation. Highly recommend!!!

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    14 June 2019

    Great tour, gets you where you need to be to see the exchanges. Our tour was on a Sunday. We were able to see both the changings and we ended at Saint James whwre we're able to see the final changing as well after the tour. Our guide, Matt, was fabulous! Full of great information and very helpful. be mindful that you do need be to keep up with the band during the change so it is fast pace at times. As long as you're able to walk fast without problems you'll love this tour.

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    9 June 2019

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    Product ID: 77131

    VA ID: 390525

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