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London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

Product ID: 77131
See British tradition come to life on this fully guided Changing of the Guard Walking Tour to ensure you get the best views of this spectacular ceremony that doesn’t just show you the Changing of the Guard – you experience it.
About this activity
Duration: 1.5 hours
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Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Marvel at the precision with which the Queen’s Foot Guards march to Buckingham Palace
  • Experience a quintessential London tradition - the Changing of the Guards
  • Navigate the crowds expertly with your guide to the best viewing points
Full description
Don’t make the same mistake that many visitors so often – and understandably – make, believing the prime vantage point to experience this time-honored tradition is from outside Buckingham Palace. Spectator enthusiasm quickly turns to disappointment when they realize, after waiting for hours, only to see the end of this unique performance, their view often blocked by a throng of crowds. Instead, follow your guide on a dynamic journey that will take you through the entire Changing of the Guard from beginning to end. You guide will expertly navigate the crowds taking you to the best – and most photographable – viewpoints.

As an expert on the history of this fascinating ceremony, you will be given invaluable insight and knowledge into every detail of this British spectacle. With your own personal headset allowing you to easily follow your guide’s entertaining commentary, you can fully take in the splendor parading past you. If you book your tour on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday, you’ll experience the change of the Household Cavalry.

Marvel at the precision with which the Queen’s Foot Guards march to Buckingham Palace, clad in their iconic red tunics and bearskin hats, or admire the gleaming coats of the Household Cavalry’s horses as they emerge at Horse Guard’s Parade. With a small group of only 15 persons or fewer, you will be able to move quickly from vantage point to vantage point with your guide pointing out interesting details while you take as many photographs as you want.
Includes
  • Expert, English-speaking guide
  • Small groups of 20 persons or fewer
  • Headsets when appropriate
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/ drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

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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Important information
Not allowed
  • Baby strollers
Know before you go
• The Changing of the Guard ceremony is subject to changes in date, time and cancellation at the discretion of British authorities. Cancellation due to bad weather is not announced before 11am. Even when cancelled, customers will still see a ‘wet change’ during which the guards march but without the usual music and parade
• Please note that the changing of the guard schedule may change and on different dates we will see either foot guards or horse guards
• Regretfully, guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance cannot be accommodated – the tour operator is also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on group tours
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 343 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.4 / 5
  • Value for money
    4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 5
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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

Quite honestly this was the best £18 I spent during my visit to London. Our guide, Richard was welcoming, friendly, informative and very witty. He ensured that we not only understood what was happening but that we also had a good view. A must do event for anyone wanting to go and see thus historic event, I didn’t want it to end!

November 23, 2019

This was awesome. We wouldn't have gotten such great pictures of the changing of the guards, the horses/calgary, etc. had we not done this tour. Our guide, Francis, was the absolute best and so knowledgeable about the royal family and the way everything works. Great money spent and a memory that will last forever!! THANK YOU!!

October 28, 2019

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City Wonders Ltd. UK

Product ID: 77131