Guided tour

London: Changing of the Guard & Buckingham Palace Tour

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd. UK

London: Changing of the Guard & Buckingham Palace Tour

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd. UK

From US$ 83.64 per person

Experience a cherished tradition of the British monarchy on a small group tour of London. Watch the Changing of the Guards of the Queen’s Household Cavalry. Then, see the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace on a rare day it’s open to the public.

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Duration 165 minutes
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Watch the precision skills of the Queen's Foot Guards or Household Cavalry
  • See treasures from the Royal Collection, including beautiful Sèvres porcelain
  • Learn about the royal residences of Buckingham Palace
  • Explore the lavish State Rooms of the Queen's official London residence
Full description

Explore the state rooms of Buckingham Palace and see the Changing of the Guard. Gain a deeper understanding of royal protocol from your tour guide and enjoy audio commentary inside the palace. Watch the Changing of the Guards in the company of a guide, who will explain the history and meaning behind the ceremony. See up-close the precision of the Queen’s Foot Guards as they march to the sounds of a military band.

Marvel at the mounted Household Cavalry, resplendent on horseback as they change at Horse Guards Parade. If you book your tour on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday, you’ll get to experience the change of the Household Cavalry. Step inside Buckingham palace and admire the lavish apartments and sparkling chandeliers. View some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection, including exquisite Sèvres porcelain and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world.

While inside, enjoy commentary from the official audio guide and learn the history behind the sumptuous furnishings and family history.

Includes
  • Entrance ticket to Buckingham Palace
  • Tour guide
  • Headsets (if needed) to hear your guide
  • Tips (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet by the Duke of York column on Waterloo Place, 9 Carlton Terrace, London SW1Y 5AJ. It's a tall column with a statue on top. Guides will have a City Wonders sign with the name of the tour at the meeting point for easy recognition. Directions: Take the Underground to Piccadilly Circus. Take exit 3 to Regent Street/St James. Walk south down Regent Street towards St. James Park (do not walk towards Oxford Street). Waterloo Place is at the end of Regent Street. Alternatively, take the Underground to Charing Cross Station, and walk down the Mall towards Buckingham Palace. The statue is at the top of the stairs to your right after the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA). Please note the meeting place is not at Buckingham Palace. (GPS Coordinates: 51.5063159-0.1317662000000155)

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Cameras
  • Baby strollers

Know before you go

  • The Changing of the Guard does not take place in heavy rain. If cancelled, it will be replaced with an extended walking tour
  • On occasional Sundays, the Changing of the Guards ceremony is rescheduled to the early morning. In the event this happens, the tour will not be able to feature this component
  • The changing of guard schedule may change and on different dates, you will see either footguards or horse guards (if you book your tour on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, you’ll experience the change of the Household Cavalry.)
  • Government-imposed COVID restrictions for entering countries and venues (e.g. booster shot, negative COVID test, vaccine certificate with a QR code) may change with little notice. It is the responsibility of all visitors to ensure they check the official travel advice on the government websites
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 422 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4/5
  • Value for money
    3.8/5
  • Service
    4.4/5
  • Organization
    4.4/5

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From beginning to end we felt well looked after, from the time we met our excellent guide, Jeremy, at the Duke of York column until the time we parted at the Palace. He was very well informed and pleasant. It was impressive to see all those beautifully turned-out horses behaving so well, and so close to each other in perfect lines. Don’t know how the riders manage to keep them in order and standing so still. We would have preferred to see the front of the new horses but they looked very fine from behind. Our excellent guide told us lots of interesting information while we were waiting. Buckingham Palace tour was very well organised and we didn’t feel too hurried moving through. We didn’t enjoy queuing for 25 minutes for coffee - it was so busy - and not easy to find somewhere to sit. However the staff in the Garden Cafe and throughout the tour were so welcoming and cheerful we soon forgot our aching legs.

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August 20, 2022

The walking portion and changing of the guards was great thanks to our awesome guide. She was definitely a royal expert! When you get to buckingham palace the tour guide departs and you get a headset to guide you through the staterooms. This was still a great experience and glad we were able to visit!

August 13, 2022

Very knowledgeable and funny guide, good layout. Fantastic to see The State Rooms in Buckingham Palace. The only negative was that there were no toilets until you had gone through all the rooms and came out to the castle grounds, it would have been good to have that option in the entrance.

August 7, 2022

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