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Royal London Walking Tour: Early Access Tower of London & Changing of The Guard

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See the best of London’s royal highlights on a 4-hour walking tour. Begin with an early access visit to the infamous Tower of London, where you’ll see the opening ceremony and be dazzled by the Crown Jewels. Then, soak up the sights during a 30-minute Thames River cruise before taking in the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace or Horse Guards Parade. End your tour outside the palace, where you’ll learn about Queen Elizabeth II and the history of the British Royal Family.
  • Guided walking tour of London’s royal sights and River Thames cruise
  • Early access to the Tower of London to avoid waiting in line
  • Visit Buckingham Palace and see the Changing of the Guard
  • See sights like Big Ben and the London Eye with insightful commentary
What to Expect
Make your own way to t he Tower of London and meet your guide at to use your early access ticket to enter. As one of the first inside, you’ll see the opening ceremony preformed by Beefeater guards, and then have time to explore the Tower on your own. See the Crown Jewels, the East Wall Walk, the Medieval Palace, or whatever suits your interests, then meet your guide back outside at a prearranged time, to continue on to the pier for your sightseeing tour on the River Thames. Climb aboard and see the Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral and other sights along the banks of the Thames as you float into central London and arrive at Embankment Pier. From here, walk with your guide to Buckingham Palace to see the Changing of the Guard, before concluding the tour at the Palace. (Alternate arrangements will be made in cases of rain).
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Departure Point
1: 1 Tower Hill Terrace, St Katharine's & Wapping, London EC3N 4EE, UK
2: Duke of York Column, St. James's, London SW1Y 5AJ, UK
Departure Time
8:15 AM
Return Details
1: 35 Tower Hill, St Katharine's & Wapping, London EC3N 4DR, UK
2: Spur Road, Spur Rd, London SW1A 1AA, UK
  • Professional guide
  • Boat cruise on the Thames River
  • Headsets, when needed
  • VIP Early Access to Tower of London including opening ceremony
  • Entry/Admission - Tower of London
  • Entry/Admission - Changing of the Guard
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please note: Seeing the Changing of the Guard is weather dependent and on occasional Sundays may be rescheduled to early morning, this will then be replaced with an extended walking tour
  • Unable to accommodate strollers and baby carriages
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 6 August 2019 via mobile

Nathan our Tour Guide was amazing, both his knowledge and enthusiasm for the history of London is second to none. The early access to the Tower of London is extremely special. We thoroughly enjoyed our day.

Thank DBNewman
Reviewed 1 August 2019

Tour included early access to the Tower of London but this was even more special than that, we’ve felt VIPs! would have like some more time inside though, I guess we’ll have to come back. Boat ride was a hit in my family, the views...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank luchesta
Reviewed 30 July 2019

This tour was the first thing we did on our recent trip to the UK, and it was the perfect beginning. Our guide was Michael and he was fantastic--very funny and engaging, but also very knowledgeable. He positioned us for the best views of the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Gena R
Reviewed 28 July 2019 via mobile

Traveled with my 18 year old neice to London, and we did this as our final activity of a two week stay and it was really special. Neither of us are ‘tour people’ but Joe, our guide was great! Fun little insights, but not insessant...More

Thank Archblonde
Reviewed 25 July 2019 via mobile

We had the opportunity to have Ben as our tour guide on this and another tour. He was full of tips and information along the way. He knew the best places to go to see the changing of the guard on horseback and got us...More

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Kirk W
1 January 2019|
Response from gsomerville | Reviewed this property |
My experience was that the tour alternates days of watching the guard change at the Tower and at Buckingham Palace. So depending on the day you choose will determine which ceremony you see. I saw the changing of the guard... More
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