Guided tour

London: Buckingham Palace Changing of the Guard Guided Tour

4.8 / 5

5 reviews

Activity provider: Babylon Tours London

London: Buckingham Palace Changing of the Guard Guided Tour

Activity provider: Babylon Tours London

From US$ 80.46 per person

Experience one of the most quintessential British events, the Changing of the Guards, in the heart of London. On this 2-hour tour, learn about and witness the event live with an expert guide, who will help you capture excellent photos!

About this activity

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Duration 2 - 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Private or small groups available


  • Experience London's most famous parade
  • Let your guide show the best views and angles for your photos
  • Follow the parade towards the famous Buckingham Palace
  • Enjoy live commentary from your expert guide
Full description
During your time in London, stop to understand what the royal guards are all about. Enjoy more than just a show, but a real part of the military’s duties. Learn the history of the regiments as you begin to explore iconic London sites starting at Trafalgar Square. Explore the Horse Guards Palace to learn about the Calvary on Guard, including London’s biggest four-legged inhabitants. Continue up the Duke of York Steps, catching glimpses of the regal Admiralty Arch. Discuss monarchs by the statues of George VI and Elizabeth II before heading along the Mall to St. James Palace to witness the inspection of the guards headed off to duty, to protect the Queen. Follow the new regiment along the Mall to the monumental Buckingham Palace and enjoy the entire spectacle as the New and Old Guards change places, before following the Old Guard back to Wellington Barracks. Appreciate this most British of British moments.
  • Private or semi-private tour
  • Professional local tour guide
  • Temporary exhibits
  • Food and drink
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pick up and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Meet your guide outside the Sainsbury wing entrance of the National Gallery, by the red telephone booth situated on the sidewalk of Pall Mall E, across the street from the Canada House.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Wheelchair users must book the private tour option with a maximum group size of 8 and minimum of 2
  • Please note that the tour does not enter the sites visited
  • The tour may be canceled by the National Guard on the day before the parade, and if rescheduling is not possible you will receive a refund
  • This tour is offered as either a private tour or a semi-private tour (8 guests maximum)
  • For semi-private tours, a minimum of 2 guests is required for it to run (an alternative date or full refund will be offered if the minimum number is not met)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 5 reviews

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This tour was amazing! Our guide Becky was very enthusiastic, professional and had amazing details about all of the sites we stopped at! I would highly recommend this tour and especially the guide! When we return with our daughter, we will be taking another tour!

January 15, 2020

Very good

Rich history

July 13, 2019

The tour was excellent! Kathy was amazing and super knowledgeable!! It was like walking around with a local friend! It was well paced and with her helpful knowledge we were able to see so many different aspects of the changing of the guard!

July 1, 2019

Product ID: 190508