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Changing of the Guard Small-Group Walking Tour

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Safety measures
icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

No visit to England would be complete without experiencing quintessential traditions such as the Changing of the Guard. See British culture come to life from select prime vantage points. In a small group limited to 15, observe the Queen’s iconic foot guards, clad in red tunics and bearskin hats, and watch the household cavalry put on an impressive display. Follow history-rich guide commentary with ease using a headset.
  • Watch the royal performance from select vantage points only known to experts
  • Witness the Queen’s iconic foot soldiers clad in red tunics and bearskin hats
  • Admire the precision and gleaming coats of the household cavalry
  • Listen to history-rich commentary with ease using a personal headset
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Expert, English-speaking tour guide
Small groups of 15 people or fewer
Headsets when appropriate
Gratuities
Hotel pick-up/drop-off

Departure Point

St. James's, London SW1Y 5AJ, UK

Meeting Point: By the Duke of York Column, Waterloo Place, 9 Carlton House 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.

Return Details

Spur Rd, London SW1A 1AA, UK

Outside Buckingham Palace

Your regal tour begins at a central location, where you greet your guide, don a personal headset, and receive a historical overview of the Changing of the Guard ceremony.

Many tourists make the mistake of viewing the ceremony outside of Buckingham Palace. However, on this tour, handpicked vantage points ensure you get the best views of the royal tradition while listening to commentary that explains each part of the performance.

Marvel at the shimmering coats of the household cavalry as their riders control the horses with expert precision; capture photographs of the iconic red and black attire of the Queen’s foot soldiers; and, move quickly between vantage points in a small group of only 15 people.

Your tour concludes outside of Buckingham Palace.

Please note: 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 canceled, customers still see a ‘wet change’ during which the guards march but without the usual music and parade.
Itinerary
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Changing of the Guard
Your regal tour begins at the Duke of York Column, located in St. James’, where you’ll greet your guide, don a personal headset, and receive a historical overview of the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Many tourists make the mistake of viewing the ceremony outside of Buckingham Palace. However on this tour, handpicked vantage points ensure you get the best views of the royal tradition while listening to commentary that explains each part of the performance. Marvel at the shimmering coats of the household cavalry as their riders control the horses with expert precision; capture photographs of the iconic red and black attire of the Queen’s foot soldiers; and, move quickly between vantage points in a small group of only 15 people. Your tour concludes outside of Buckingham Palace. Please note: 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.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Buckingham Palace
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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 weather is very changeable in London, please ensure you have rainproof clothing
  • Please note that the changing of the guard schedule may change and on different dates we will see either footguards or horseguards
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders UK
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Changing of the Guard Small-Group Walking Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Changing of the Guard Small-Group Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Changing of the Guard Small-Group Walking Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Changing of the Guard Small-Group Walking Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Some running and rushing was required but it was definitely worth it." See review
  • "We would highly recommend attending on Sundays since you can see both the horse guards changing, as well as, the foot soldiers." See review
  • "One note, if you have a small child or one who doesn't like adult-sized earbuds, bring a pair of kid headphones; regular headphones will connect to the guide's microphone system." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Our guide was Robert he...
Lorna_M
, Sep 2021
Our guide was Robert he was brilliant, he was full of information and facts. Robert was like a walking history book. Our group was very small only 7 of us. This tour was well worth the money and learnt a lot of new thing's. Thank you Robert you were brilliant.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great Walk and Guide!
Sarah_N
, Sep 2021
Everything promised and beautiful weather as well. Perfectly timed to capture the changing of the guard and then a lovely walk through St. James Park onto Buckingham Palace where we arrived in time to see the guards march out of the Palace with the band playing. Guide was great and was very knowledgeable. I would thoroughly recommend.
star-4
Great experience
Eric_S
, Sep 2021
The whole experience was very educational and fun just what the family and I wanted Our guide David was well versed and made an effort to make everyone feel part of our group
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great Experience
Karen_C
, Aug 2021
Great walking tour from start to finish, tour guide was very informative, sorry his name escapes me but he had a spanish name! It was a lovely end to our trip to London and something I have never done before. We had a great view of all of the Changing of the Guard, the horses looked beautiful and the guards looked absolutely pristine in their uniforms. We had a lovely walk through St James's park and saw the pelicans. The squirrels are so friendly too. I would recommend this to people who are unsure of places to watch this experience. I dont think children should be charged for as a lot of the information went over my daughters head and she is 9 years old, but she loved watching the horses.
star-5
Small group tour
Randy
, Mar 2020
Our guide was AWESOME!! We git to see the Changing of the guard from multiple locations and learned a lot that we would have missed in our own!! This small tour group is highly recommended and if we return to London we will do it again!!
star-4
Excellent Guide Even in the Rain!!
Mary
, Feb 2020
Marnie was excellent She was very knowledge and friendly Would highly recommend. She was great and no fault to her as the ceremony was shortened due to rain. Tour was still same amount of time as Marnie talked about other relevant aspects. She was exceptional!!
star-5
Guide was great
theduffys211
, Feb 2020
Our host Richard was hilarious and knowledgeable! We had a fabulous tour. He knew all the good spots to stand and so much history.
star-5
GREAT TOUR!
stacysatlin
, Feb 2020
GREAT TOUR!! Our guide was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable and funny. definitely a highlight of my trip.
star-5
Wonderful
laurarosman
, Feb 2020
Our guide Richard was SUPERB. Highly, HIGHLY recommend doing this. We were so impressed with how much extra information we learned.
star-5
Very enjoyable
avjo21
, Feb 2020
Bill was a terrific guide. Very knowlegable and with his British humor and wit made for a very enjoyable and educational tour.

Product code: 6295P26

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