Guided tour

London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

From US$ 20.52 per person

Find the best viewpoints with a knowledgeable guide to capture every moment of this British tradition. March in step with the soldiers and learn the history of the guards, the royals and their palaces.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration options: 2 - 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Italian, English
Small group available
Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • Water

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Occasionally there may be no Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.
Highlights
  • Experience a quintessential London tradition
  • Let your guide take you quickly through the crowds for the best views
  • Learn all about the history of the ceremony with explanations and commentary
Full description
Find the prime vantage points that most people miss and see this time-honored tradition from outside Buckingham Palace. Follow your guide on a dynamic journey that will take you through each stage of the entire Changing of the Guard ceremony from beginning to end. Navigate the crowds easily and quickly. Let your guide take you to the best spots with unobstructed views for taking photos of the palace, gardens, and parade grounds. Marvel at the precision with which 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. As you watch, hear about the history of this fascinating ceremony and gain invaluable insight into every detail of this British spectacle.
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  • Live tour guide

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    Meeting point

    Meet your guide by the Statue of the Goddess Diana: just outside Green Park Tube station (Piccadilly South Side Exit). On the left side there is a wooden food stall.

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    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.4 /5

    based on 847 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.5/5
    • Value for money
      4.2/5
    • Service
      4.6/5
    • Organization
      4.5/5

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    We are from Puerto Rico, in the Caribbean. Our guide, whose name is Jeff if I'm not mistaken, was very good. In all his explanations and even sung. We liked it a lot... Although you can't really appreciate the view from the front with the guards, we went to the pal with them and we were able to enjoy it. We watched up close as they get ready to check their uniforms so we can walk by them. It is not easy because there are many people. Still we enjoyed it.

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    July 7, 2022

    You must be a fast walker!! Our guide took us to a few lesser known locations to observe the changing of the guards. It was fun to walk alongside the guards on their way to Buckingham Palace. Learning some history of area buidlings was also a plus! The area is incredibly crowded, so you must be quick.

    June 21, 2022

    Mike was amazing, funny, and knowledgeable. Make sure you have to leave a well-earned tip. Sadly, I had just come from the airport and had no cash on me. I highly recommend this group and this tour. Super-entertaining. It was a great time and I’m so happy I did it.

    June 16, 2022

    Product ID: 390525

    VA ID: 390525