Guided tour

London: The Changing of the Guard Experience

Activity provider: UTG EXPERIENCE

London: The Changing of the Guard Experience

Activity provider: UTG EXPERIENCE
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From US$ 21.70 per person

Likely to sell out

Buckingham Palace is a must-see when visiting London. Accompanied by a local guide, you will have the opportunity to see the changing of the royal guard in front of the palace doors. This is a world-famous spectacle, truly authentic to the city of London.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Italian, French, English
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Learn everything you need to know about the tradition of the changing of the guards
  • Discover the best place to watch the changing of the guards
  • Experience a London tradition with a local guide
Full description
The changing of the guards is definitely something that should be experienced when visiting London. On this tour, your guide will explain to you how the changing of the guard, also known as "Guard Mounting", has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in London. You will see how the soldiers in place are “relieved” of their position in a very particular way, while accompanied by a military fanfare. The soldiers have protected the King or Queen of England since the reign of Henry VII, who established the Royal Body Guard as a permanent institution. The tradition has since continued for more than 500 years. All of the guards are dressed in a traditional red tunic partnered with an easily recognizable bearskin helmet. The music that accompanies the changing of the guard can be either military or more contemporary, an attraction that is not to be missed.
Includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Headsets when appropriate
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off

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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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Important information

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  • Dates and times can change, sometimes at short notice (when the guards are required for operational or other ceremonial duties, and as a result of road closures)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 /5

based on 282 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.2/5
  • Value for money
    3.8/5
  • Service
    4.2/5
  • Organization
    4.1/5

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Excellent guide who told us before the changing of the guard and while crossing the districts pleasantly told us the history of England its traditions and told us about different historic dwellings. On the other hand, there is no point in having a guide for the changing of the guard to watch like everyone else behind the gates!

June 2, 2022

We crossed Green Park to reach Buckingham Palace. After an interesting explanation about this palace, we went to watch the preparations for the changing of the guard not far from there before seeing the guards parading. Finally a crossing of Saint James Park and we attended the raising of the guard on horseback.

April 28, 2022

Superb activity and magnificent discovery of the untold story of the Changing of the Guard in London accompanied by our talented and refreshing guide Natalia. What a pleasure to travel these two hours around Buckingham Palace and relive the successive events that made up this tradition so special, which has faced all historical situations and yet remains steadfast. Thanks to Get Your Guide and mainly to the manager who contacted us personally by phone to make sure that we could get to the place of visit. Indeed the jubilee metro line being closed we had to find another way to get there. go to Green Park. Thanks again to this superb team we still have stars in our eyes

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March 16, 2020

Product ID: 195008