Guided tour

London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd. UK

London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd. UK
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From US$ 21.71 per person

Likely to sell out

See British tradition come to life on this fully guided Changing of the Guard Walking Tour to ensure you get the best views of this spectacular ceremony.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Marvel at the precision with which the Queen’s Foot Guards march to Buckingham Palace
  • Experience a quintessential London tradition - the Changing of the Guards
  • Navigate the crowds expertly with your guide to the best viewing points
Full description

Don’t make the same mistake that many visitors so often and understandably make, believing the prime vantage point to experience this time-honored tradition is from outside Buckingham Palace.

Spectators enthusiasm quickly turns to disappointment when they realize, after waiting for hours, only to see the end of this unique performance, their view is often blocked by a throng of crowds.

Instead, follow your guide on a dynamic journey that will take you through the entire Changing of the Guard from beginning to end.

Your guide will expertly navigate the crowds taking you to the best and most photographable viewpoints. As an expert on the history of this fascinating ceremony, you will be given invaluable insight and knowledge into every detail of this British spectacle.

With your own personal headset allowing you to easily follow your guide’s entertaining commentary, you can fully take in the splendor parading past you. 

If you book your tour on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday, you’ll experience the change of the Household Cavalry. Marvel at the precision that 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.

With a small group of only 20 persons or fewer, move quickly from vantage point to vantage point with your guide pointing out interesting details while you take as many photographs as you want.

Includes
  • Guide
  • Headsets when appropriate
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

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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Important information

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers

Know before you go

  • The Changing of the Guard ceremony is subject to changes in date, time and cancellation at the discretion of British authorities. Cancellation due to bad weather is not announced before 11am. Even when cancelled, customers will still see a ‘wet change’ during which the guards march but without the usual music and parade
  • Please note that the changing of the guard schedule may change and on different dates we will see either foot guards or horse guards
  • Regretfully, guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance cannot be accommodated – the tour operator is also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on group tours
  • Please note that if you book your tour on Tuesday and Thursday, you’ll experience the change of the Household Cavalry.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 443 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.4/5
  • Value for money
    4/5
  • Service
    4.5/5
  • Organization
    4.4/5

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Louise was delightful! My friend thought it silly to have a guide to watch the guard march past, BUT she told us history and stories, knew the best spots, and we even waved to the King as he passed just a few feet in front of us! (my friend will never doubt me again!)

November 4, 2022

It was great! Julia shared a lot of background knowledge and we saw areas we would never have visited on our own. It was also worth a lot to be there first thing in the morning and see the crown jewels without the hustle and bustle. In addition, the opening ceremony was a unique experience

June 15, 2022

It was nice to enjoy the experience in the group and to be guided to the right places at the right time. We heard a lot of background information and anecdotes from the English royal family. Our guide David did a good job. However, it was sometimes a bit difficult to follow him as he spoke English very quickly. Conclusion still positive!

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April 21, 2022

Product ID: 77131