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Changing of the Guard Small-Group Walking Tour

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Greater London, United Kingdom

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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
Expert, English-speaking tour guide
Small groups of 15 people or fewer
Headsets when appropriate
Gratuities
Hotel pick-up/drop-off

Departure Point

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

Return Details

Spur Road, Spur Rd, London SW1A 1AA, UK
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
Stop At:  
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
Pass By:  
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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. 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 maximum group size during Changing of the Guard Small-Group Walking Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Changing of the Guard Small-Group Walking Tour.

Traveler Tips


  • "As the tour description warns, this tour involves quite a bit of fast walking almost jogging at times but is necessary to get those pivotal points for the best views." See review
  • "Some running and rushing was required but it was definitely worth it." See review
  • "It's a great idea for younger folks with more energy." See review

Reviews

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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!!
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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!!
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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.
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GREAT TOUR!
stacysatlin
, Feb 2020
GREAT TOUR!! Our guide was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable and funny. definitely a highlight of my trip.
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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.
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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.
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A Definite Can't Miss Tour When Visiting London
rongobbleiredell
, Feb 2020
One of our favorite excursions while visiting London. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour a great experience for us both. We were in a great location to see the changing of the guards. We would highly recommend attending on Sundays since you can see both the horse guards changing, as well as, the foot soldiers. We love “Marnie”, our tour guide and would highly recommend this tour to others.
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Knowledgeable guide
John G T
, Dec 2019
Exceptionally knowledgeable guide who explained all that we needed to know and ensured that we were at the right spots at the right time.
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Nathan was a great guide!
MichelLabbe
, Nov 2019
We loved all of the information and strategic guiding in order to get the most out of our tour. We would have taken à longer tour had we had the opportunity...
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Changing of the Guard Tour
aerospace_is_me
, Nov 2019
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!

Product code: 6295P26

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