London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

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London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

From US$ 28.05 per person

Marvel at the pageantry of the Changing of the Guard ceremony on a walking tour alongside the Queen's foot soldiers in London. March in step with the soldiers and learn the history of the guards, royals and their palaces.

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Duration: 105 minutes
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • See the pomp and circumstance of the Changing of the Guard
  • March in step with the Queen's foot soldiers as they walk to Buckingham Palace
  • Watch the inspection of the guards at St. James's Palace
  • Listen to a ceremonial band as it accompanies the guards
Full description
Meet your guide at Piccadilly Circus and get an introduction to the background of the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Hear what you will be doing for the next 1 hour and 45 minutes. Then proceed as a group toward The Mall. Pass by Pall Mall and Waterloo Place. Here you will learn more about the British Army and its greatest general, the Duke of Wellington. Once on The Mall, see the extraordinary monuments to royals and generals. Get a view of St. James's Park. Admire the most beautiful of the royal parks and look at the majestic open space of Horse Guards Parade. Continue toward St. James's Palace. On the way, you might see the Household Cavalry en route from their barracks in Hyde Park. The main focus, however, will be to watch the foot soldiers emerge from St. James's Palace ready for their uniform inspection. They will then march to Buckingham Palace, sometimes accompanied by a band. If you're lucky, they may even play a song! One of the highlights of your tour will be to march in step with the guards as they leave St. James's Palace. Then watch as the New Guard emerges from Wellington Barracks. He will often be accompanied by a full ceremonial band. Take a photo of Buckingham Palace from a raised platform. The tour ends with a flourish as the band plays in the palace courtyard. Marvel as the cavalry and guardsmen march past. Your guide will then help you get to your next port of call. 
Includes
  • Guide
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet outside the Criterion Theatre, next to the Statue of Eros on Piccadilly Circus.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This activity is not suitable for people with walking difficulties. You will march at the same pace as the guards for approximately 4 minutes
  • Please note, all tours are conducted in English only
  • Please note that it is your responsibility to arrive on time for the tour. The tour starts promptly at the time stated and no refunds may be given for latecomers
  • This tour does not see the section of the ceremony in the courtyard of Buckingham Palace. This is impossible on this tour due to the size of crowds, and would require arrival at the gates at least 2 hours before the ceremony is due to start
  • No dogs allowed on this tour, unless they are a guide dog
  • Please note that the tour on Sunday will start at 9:15 AM rather than 9:40 AM
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 218 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 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 !!!

December 15, 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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June 14, 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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June 9, 2019

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