Guided tour

London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

4.7 / 5

61 reviews

Activity provider: Urban Saunters Ltd

London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

Activity provider: Urban Saunters Ltd
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From US$ 29.05 US$ 26.15 per person

Witness one of the most dazzling ceremonies in the world in London in a private or small group, with a friendly local guide bringing you closer to the action of the Changing of the Guards.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 105 minutes
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Live tour guide
English
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Take in the highlights of this world-famous ceremony
  • Experience Changing of the Guard with a true local
  • Learn about British history and the royal family from your guide
  • Follow the guards journey to Buckingham Palace on foot
  • Choose between a shared group or private tour
Full description

Join a local guide as you are served a slice of world-famous ceremonial action with a private or shared group tour Changing of the Guards experience. There is so much more to this extravagant shift change than meets the eye.

With your guide to lead the way, you’ll soon know your Welsh from your Grenadier guard, and understand what the deal is with those fuzzy bearskin hats.

Hear the astounding origins of this dazzling spectacle and get a handle on the significance of every color, button, mascot, symbol, and movement in this most British of traditions.

From the best possible viewing point, your small group will join the guards on their journey toward Buckingham Palace as you march to the beat of their drums. Get as close as possible with the opportunity to take some amazing snapshots.

Includes
  • Local guide
  • Group walking tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • People with respiratory issues

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Participants

Date

Meeting point

Meet the guide by the Equestrian statue of Edward VII, Waterloo Place. 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 a statue of man on horse. Look for Urban Saunters tour sign.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Umbrella
  • Water
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • You will not stand at the forecourt of Buckingham Palace as, due to crowds, you see very little and the experience would be less fun
  • It is at the discretion of the British Army to change or cancel the Ceremony. The announcement will not be made until after 10:30 AM so come rain or shine, the Changing of the Guard experience will go-ahead
  • If the full ceremony is canceled, there will still be the chance to see the guards marching, just without the music
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 61 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5

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Georgie was an amazing guide! We had a fun and insightful tour that was perfectly catered to our group and our interests. I’m thankful we could see so much of the guards and cavalry without the crowds. I had my 6 year old with me, and would not have been able to do this without her. I koved Georgie’s upbeat personality and humor, as well as her amazing knowledge. I’d recommend this tour to everyone.

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June 28, 2022

Richard Cross was awesome. He made the tour very special to my youth kids and captured their attention even before the tour start. He is very passion in his job I can really tell. He knows exactly the timing and where to wait for the guards coming. It is really rare tour guide I have been attending, just like a rare Pokemon. When you catch Richard, you will definitely love him. Many thanks Richard :)

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June 9, 2022

Booked this tour with the family. Our guide Nathan was a walking living record of everything related to the royal family, the history of the palaces and armed regimens, and everything in between down to the significance of every button that the guards would wear. He kept moving us from one point to another throughout the tour, and even though it felt chaotic at times, he always chose the most perfect spot to stand at to get the best view of every stage in the guard changing process. Highly recommend.

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May 24, 2022

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