Guided tour

London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

From US$ 23.97 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.

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Duration options: 2 - 3 hours
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English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
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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
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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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      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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      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.
      Customer reviews

      Overall rating

      4.4 /5

      based on 785 reviews

      Review summary

      • Guide
        4.5/5
      • Value for money
        4.1/5
      • Service
        4.5/5
      • Organization
        4.4/5

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      What a great time! Michael was sharp, smart and anxious for all of us to have a great experience….and we did. His knowledge and sense of humor were spot on, as The Brits say. We saw things I know would have been missed if tried on our own. Book this trip. Hope you get Michael!

      September 23, 2021

      Rosie, our guide, was great. She knew her stuff and was so happy to be taking tours again after lock down. The whole tour was so much better than doing it on our own. We’d never have been in the right place at the right time. In fact booking the tour made us actually get up at stupid o’clock on a Sunday morning (after a late Saturday night out!). So, excellent tour, excellent guide, excellent experience. Well worth the money. Thank you

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      August 31, 2021

      Marilyn did an amazing job !. I brought my 14 y son and she kept it very interesting and active. We were able to see multiple types of changing of the guards and it was fun to find them. She gave us a lot of historical background and was able to answer all questions!

      December 29, 2019

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      Product ID: 77131

      VA ID: 390525