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Small-Group Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

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$25.18

See British tradition come to life on this fully-guided Changing of the Guard walking tour that ensures you get the very best views of this spectacular ceremony!  Don’t make the same mistake that so many visitors often – and understandably – make, believing the prime vantage point from where to experience this time-honoured tradition is outside Buckingham Palace.

These spectators’ enthusiasm quickly turns to disappointment when they realise that they have waited for hours only to see the very end of this unique performance, their view often blocked by the throngs of people crowding around them. Instead, follow your guide on a dynamic journey that takes in the entire Changing of the Guard from beginning to end as they expertly navigate the crowds to take you to the best – and most photographable – viewpoints.
- 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

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Stop At: Changing of the Guard, Constitution Hill Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA England

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

Pass By: Buckingham Palace, Spur Road, London SW1A 1AA England

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Departure point:

Duke of York Column, St. James's, London SW1Y 5AJ, UK

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Duration:

1 hour 30 minutes

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Terms and Conditions:

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Bryan S

Amber, our tour guide, was awesome. Led our small group of 12 or so to the best viewing sights and explained events as they occurred through our earphone pieces. Great experience, highly recommend!

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Ronald B

Jo did an amazing job of allowing us to see this spectacular site up close.... also thanks for interesting and easily heard and understood commentary

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Judy F

This was the best tour! Phil, our guide, was high energy, told great stories and historical information and took us to the places we needed to be to see the guard, both old and new. I chose this tour because I wanted to be “behind the scenes” for this event. Phil didn't disappoint and was true to his word that we would literally be marching next to the Queen's Band! Thanks for a great experience! I highly recommend this tour!

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Lisa W

Enjoyed this small group tour with Rosie. She had loads of information to share and knew the best places to take us to see what was actually happening. So glad we did the tour instead of just showing up at Buckingham Palace on our own trying to find a spot to see the ceremony. We wouldn't have gotten nearly as much out of the experience as we did going with Rosie!

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David B

My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed the walking tour of the changing of the Guard led by the very knowledgable Nathan. Not only did Nathan direct us to the best viewing locations, but filled the time with wonderful stories of the history of the Royal Family and Buckingham Palace. With a great sense of humor, Nathan made this tour educational and fun!

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james m

excellent, great guide, knew history etc. stationed us at key points to see most of ceremony. did not see actual changing of guard.

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Tiffani H

I am very glad I booked this tour. It was nice to have a tour guide that new the details of the changing of the guard. We saw a lot more than we would have if we had not have booked this tour. I highly recommend it.

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Barbara R

It worked just as advertised. Walking to pre-selected viewing spots was far better than standing in one blind spot. We could have done without the attempts to entertain the teens, however. But all else was fine and well organized.

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Sheila M

We missed the tour because we kept getting conflicting directions to the Statue where we were to meet from the LOCAL people. We walked in circles for about 20 minutes. By that time we missed the group and had to rush to make the Changing of the quard on our own.

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Liubov R

Do not spend money for nothing. You can see changing of the Guard for free from the same spot. Very disappointment! Definitely not recommend!


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Small-Group Changing of the Guard Walking Tour
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See British tradition come to life on this fully-guided Changing of the Guard walking tour that ensures you get the very best views of this spectacular ceremony!  Don’t make the same mistake that so many visitors often – and understandably – make, believing the prime vantage point from where to experience this time-honoured tradition is outside Buckingham Palace.

These spectators’ enthusiasm quickly turns to disappointment when they realise that they have waited for hours only to see the very end of this unique performance, their view often blocked by the throngs of people crowding around them. Instead, follow your guide on a dynamic journey that takes in the entire Changing of the Guard from beginning to end as they expertly navigate the crowds to take you to the best – and most photographable – viewpoints.

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