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Changing of the Guard with Optional Buckingham Palace Grounds Guided Walking Tour

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Walk in the footsteps of Britain’s Royals and learn interesting facts about their lives on this guided tour and see the famous changing of the guard!

Highlights

  • Enjoy the Changing of the Guard ceremony, an iconic British tradition along with famous Royal sites.

  • Your guide will share invaluable insight into the pomp and tradition of this time-honored ceremony.

  • Explore the tranquil St James's Park, home to regal pelicans, a gift from a Russian ambassador in the 17th century, before heading to Buckingham Palace to see a royal tradition.

  • Enjoy a small-group walking tour of The Mall and St. James' Palace or opt for entry inside the Buckingham Palace.

  • Fun Fact: Those iconic guards' hats? They're not bearskin but synthetic fur, reflecting a commitment to animal rights.

Inclusions

  • Changing of the guard

  • English-speaking guide

  • 1.5-hour London walking tour (optional)

  • Entry to Buckingham Palace (optional)

  • Audio guide for Buckingham Palace (optional)

Exclusions

  • Guided tour of Buckingham Palace

Cancellation policy

These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

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  • United States
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  • Israel
  • Singapore
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mauritius
  • Romania
  • Mexico
Guests from United States, Germany, Austria and over 25 countries have loved this experience
Louise Stanley

Louise

5/5

Apr, 2024

Our tourgide, Louise, was the best! She scoped out the perfect viewing spaces for oir group and even saved space for two women who could not walk fast enough to get to the area fast enough to get a space of their own.
Nancy Wilburn

Nancy

5/5

Apr, 2024

Lee our guide was Awesome! He was SO polite and informative. He treated us like royalty. He made sure we had front row views. He offered to take our pictures and had a wealth of information. He made sure to take care of all of our needs. Booking was easy and meet up details easy to follow. BEST EXPERIENCE OF THE DAY! Thanks Lee!
CARINA CHAZARO HODGES

Carina

4/5

Apr, 2024

Our guide was one of the best! He told us little interesting facts while we ran around Buckingham Palace to get to see all the changing of the guards. Only thing that is not told here is that it requires to walk fast to get to see all the strategic points of the changing of the guards. Particularly, I would have preferred to stay where the changing of the guards were happening at the entrance of Buckingham Palace so all my pictures could have Buckingham on the background, but that’s a personal preference.
Heiko Hellen

Heiko

5/5

Apr, 2024

Prinzipiell war die Führung gut, der Guide hat viel Wissenswertes nähergebracht. Leider sind wir erst im Nachhinein per Email informiert worden, dass der Wachwechsel am Buckingham Palace abgesagt wurde. Treffzeit vormittags, Email bzgl Absage erfolgte Abends um 22.20Uhr.
Noemi Dimalanta

Noemi

4/5

Mar, 2024

It was informative however because the your guide keeps on walking instead of staying in one place during the change of guards and thought that we can catch it up in the last stop in the barracks but it was cancelled because it rained. A bit disappointed because we didn't witness it but if she stop by the horse guard maybe we can witness some of it.

Experience Royal London Like Never Before

Embark on an immersive tour that unravels the grandeur of British tradition, on this guided tour to see the changing of the guard. Witness the iconic changing of the guard outside Buckingham Palace. These guards, in their distinctive red tunics and faux bearskin hats, make for an unforgettable sight. With a personal headset, your guide's lively commentary brings alive every intricate detail of this tradition.

Engage with History and Pageantry

Enjoy a tranquil stroll through St James's Park, the oldest Royal Park in London, known for its resident pelicans. If you opt for the London walking tour, your journey begins at The Mall where you will admire the majestic view towards Buckingham Palace. Led by an expert English-speaking guide, you'll move onto the vibrant St James's Palace/Horse Guards Parade. Or opt to visit the Buckingham Palace with an audio guide as you see the exquisite Royal Collection.

Important Information

  • The Guard Change may not be operational on days with bad weather conditions. On such days, you will visit the Horse Guards for a photo stop, instead.

  • Please note that if you book your tour on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday, you’ll experience the change of the Household Cavalry.

  • This is a walking tour with a fair amount of walking. Please wear comfortable clothing and footwear

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your tour to avoid any delays.

Meeting Point

  • Meet your guide at Duke of York Monument.

  • Address: St. James's, London SW1Y 5AJ, United Kingdom.

  • Guide Identifier: Your guide will be holding a sign or a flag with the name City Wonders written on it.

Get Directions to the Meeting Point

Getting There

By Bus

  • The closest bus stop is Trafalgar Square (Stop T). It is a quick 3-minute walk to the meeting point.

  • Board buses 12, 88, and more to get you there.

By Subway

  • The closest subway station is Charing Cross. It is a quick 5-minute walk to the meeting point.

  • Board subway line Bakerloo or Northern to get you there.

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