1. United Kingdom
  2. South East England
  3. London
  4. Buckingham Palace

London: Changing of the Guard & Buckingham Palace Tour

Product ID: 49917
Experience a cherished tradition of the English monarchy on a small group tour of London. Watch the Changing of the Guards of the Queen’s Household Cavalry. Then, see the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace on a rare day it’s open to the public.
About this activity
Duration: 2.75 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Watch the precision skills of the Queen's Foot Guards or Household Cavalry
  • See treasures from the Royal Collection, including beautiful Sèvres porcelain
  • Learn about the royal residences of Buckingham Palace
  • Explore the lavish State Rooms of the Queen's official London residence
Full description
Take advantage of a rare opportunity to explore the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace, and experience one of the most historic ceremonies of the Royal Family in London.

Watch the Changing of the Guards in the company of a local guide, who will explain the history and pageantry behind the ceremony. Gasp at the precision skills of the Queen’s Foot Guards as they march to the sounds of a military band, or see the mounted Household Cavalry - resplendent on horseback - change guards at Horse Guards Parade. If you book your tour on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday, you’ll get to experience the change of the Household Cavalry.

Admire the lavish apartments and sparkling chandeliers of Buckingham Palace. See some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection, including exquisite Sèvres porcelain and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. An official audio guide will be provided to tell the history of the sumptuous furnishings and ornaments, and to put it all into historical context.
Includes
  • Entrance ticket to Buckingham Palace
  • Tour guide
  • Headsets (if needed) to hear your guide
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet by the Duke of York column on Waterloo Place, 9 Carlton Terrace, London SW1Y 5AJ. It's the tall column with a statue on top Directions: Take the Underground to Piccadilly Circus. Take exit 3 to Regent Street/St James. Walk south down Regent Street towards St. James Park (do not walk towards Oxford Street). Waterloo Place is at the end of Regent Street. Alternatively, take the Undergroud to Charing Cross Station, and walk down the Mall towards Buckingham Palace. The statue is at the top of the stairs to your right after the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA). Please note the meeting place is not at Buckingham Palace. (GPS Coordinates: 51.5063159-0.1317662000000155)

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Important information
Know before you go
• Photography is not permitted in Buckingham Palace, but is allowed in the gardens
• It is your responsibility to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated and missed tours cannot be refunded
• This tour involves a fair amount of walking. Please wear comfortable shoes
• Regrettably, this tour is unable to accommodate guests in wheelchairs or with any impairments requiring special assistance. No strollers or baby carriages are allowed
• Please note that the Changing of the Guard does not take place in heavy rain. If cancelled, it will be replaced with an extended walking tour
• On occasional Sundays, the Changing of the Guards ceremony is rescheduled to the early morning. In the event this happens, the tour will not be able to feature this component
• This tour operates with a maximum 25 people
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 345 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.4 / 5
  • Organization
    4.4 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.9 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 5
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Good tour on the whole, very informative however, the guide was unprofessional at times which spoiled it a bit. She was stood in a restricted area to give the talk and argued with the police about it when clearly she was in the wrong. She hinted at tips during the talk which again is unprofessional and she also gave personal, negative opinions on the royal family. People are there to appreciate British traditions, this should be left out of it. Overall though, it was enjoyable and I would do it again.

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September 30, 2019

Tour starts at the Duke of York statue, 5 minute walk to parade square, followed by 10-15 minute walk through St James' Park (after changing of the guard) before entry to Buckingam Palace. Excellent experience! But a lot of (relatively fast-paced) walking. Also keep in mind there are no washrooms available until you reach the Palace Gardens (several hours later). A must see tour for all interested and fascinated by royalty and the monarch. Once in a lifetime experience! I went through the adult audio tour inside the palace (fantastic!) but a family option is also available for those with children. Once inside Buckingham Palace the tour is self-paced with audio guide (in-person guide only for Changing of Guard and walk to the palace). Overall I spent about 3.5 hours for the full experience and had plenty of time to admire all state rooms.

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September 11, 2019

Ben was so great and informative. We saw the changing of the guard as close up as you can get! We got a very thorough history of the royals too! Buckingham place was gorgeous, and we could stay as long as we wanted. Absolutely nothing bad to say about my experience!

September 7, 2019

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City Wonders Ltd. UK

Product ID: 49917