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Changing of the Guard Guided Walking Tour in London

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Get up close to the iconic Royal Guards on this interactive walking tour of London. Learn about London’s royal heritage as you pass sights like Pall Mall, the Duke of York Column, the Royal Society and Marlborough House, then enjoy a prime view of the famous Changing of the Guards ceremony. Not only do you see the military bands and marching guards, you also get to march alongside the Old Guard, as they head from St. James Palace to Wellington Barracks.
  • See the famous Changing of the Guards ceremony along the Mall
  • Take in sights like Buckingham Palace and St. James's Palace
  • Learn about British history and the royal family from your guide
  • Enjoy a strolls through Picadilly Circus and Regent Street
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Piccadilly Circus , Piccadilly Circus, London W1B, UK

Outside the Criterion Theatre by the Statue of Eros. Your guide will be carrying a Fun London Tours flag. Arrive 10 minutes before the tour is due to start. We leave promptly at the designated start time.

The Mall , The Mall, St. James's, London SW1, UK

We finish the tour near Buckingham Palace.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • There are no toilet or refreshment breaks on this tour
  • Tour operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Ceremony can be altered at the discretion of the British Army, or occasionally due to rain
  • All tours are dependent on the British Army's schedule
  • No dogs are allowed on the tour other than guide dogs.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • We do not see the section of the ceremony which occurs on the courtyard of Buckingham Palace, but instead we observe the highlights of the ceremony in other locations.
  • No videoing of the guide unless they have given permission
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Travellers should have good mobility as we encounter three flights of steps and march at the same pace as the guards at one point
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Fun London Tours Ltd
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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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  • "Have to keep a steady pace while following the marching guards from St James Palace." See review
  • "Fabulous a must see, get their early to get a good spot ." See review

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#DaniRules
Jennifer_C
, Oct 2021
Tour Guide Dani went above and beyond, even going so far as to help me get on The Tube after the tour had ended. She was full of knowledge and contagious excitement. #DaniRules
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
That's brilliant! Yep, Dani is great, and we're always happy to do whatever's necessary to ensure your time with us is special. See you again soon I hope!
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Fun at the Changing of the Guard.
Ron_I
, Sep 2021
Matt was an excellent tour guid - full of information and stories that brought the entire experience to life.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thanks Ron! It's been amazing seeing the guard change again after they've been away during lockdown, and lovely to have people on the tour who really appreciate it!
star-5
Walking tour with Jess
Beth_T
, Feb 2020
Great changing of the guard experience with Jess. He was prompt, very knowledgeable and funny. Got us great views of the marching bands and entertained us throughout.
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Changing of the Guards
kristi_C
, Aug 2019
Fabulous a must see, get their early to get a good spot . And wait for it they march one way and takes another 15 minutes for them to change n walk back out. Try to position near The round about then you can see the horses march by also
1 traveler found this review helpful
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A Must Do
Paula T
, Jul 2019
Danielle was a brilliant guide, had heaps of information and made the tour so much fun. Have to keep a steady pace while following the marching guards from St James Palace. One of the tours worth doing !!
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Changing of the guard
Roy_M
, Jul 2019
The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly but we were really far away from the place gates and could not see the actual ceremony at all
star-5
Amber was awesome!
Mallory B
, Jun 2019
We absolutely loved our Buckingham Palace walking tour! Amber was the best guide! She was so knowledgeable and shared so many interesting things about London with us!
star-4
Too large a group
Helen_A
, May 2019
Excellent tour guide Danielle, great knowledge of the subject and enables us to see from. Good vantage points. The disappointment was the size of the group. Well organised but too large. Booked thinking it was a small group tour that I had done previously, however cannot praise Dani enough she managed the group with ease
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FUN
Mary082010
, Feb 2019
This Tour was a lot of fun Our tour guide Amber was the best Very recommendable Tour for childrens too
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Gavin with Fun Tours was our guide...
Angela H
, Jul 2018
Gavin with Fun Tours was our guide - and he was completely AWESOME!! It was very easy to meet him at the Picadilly Circus subway stop. He gave us history all along the way as we walked toward James Palace. He told us ahead of time what the plan was so that we would know what to expect. We saw the guard as they came out of the palace - we were standing right in the front row. He quickly took us to other points along the changing of the guards route so that we could again have a front row. He explained all that the guards were doing. At the end, he took individual photos of those who wished with Buckingham Palace in the background. I can't recommend Gavin enough!!

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