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Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony

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Experience London’s royal heritage and pageantry on a 2.5-hour experience that combines a visit to Buckingham Palace with the Changing of the Guard. Enjoy the colorful spectacle of the Changing of the Guard ceremony, and then enter the magnificent palace with a tour host for an independent audio tour of the State Rooms, an experience only available for two months of the year. Admire the lavish rooms that are used by the royals for State and ceremonial events, as you discover the palace’s history from the audio guide.

Please note: Buckingham Palace is only open to the public for approx. eight weeks each year. Tickets sell out fast, so book now to avoid disappointment
Highlights
  • Guaranteed admission to Buckingham Palace, only open two months each year
  • Explore the palace’s State Rooms on an audio tour
  • Guide knows the best spots to watch the Changing of the Guard
  • Tour begins with a stroll through one of London's eight Royal Parks
What to Expect
Meet your guide at a central London location before strolling through St. James’s Park—one of the capital’s eight Royal Parks—to get to Buckingham Palace. You’ll experience the palace at its liveliest with the Changing of the Guard, a traditional ceremony that sees guards wearing red jackets and bearskin hats on the march, accompanied by a military band. Or, on days when the ceremony isn’t held, learn about Buckingham Palace’s history and intrigue on a walking tour. Next, guaranteed admission means you’ll have the rare chance to enter Buckingham Palace, which is only open to the public two months each year (and which always sells out). Plug in your audio guide and see the palace’s sumptuous State Rooms—used today for royal events—up close. Your tour concludes at the palace gates.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Duke of York Column, St. James's, London SW1Y 5AJ, UK
Duration
2h 45m
Return Details
Spur Road, Spur Rd, London SW1A 1AA, UK
Inclusions
  • Professional host
  • Audio guide for Buckingham Palace
  • Changing of the Guard ceremony
  • Headsets when appropriate so you can always hear your guide
  • Entry/Admission - Buckingham Palace
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Depending on the day you will see either the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace or Horse Guards Parade. The Changing of the Guard is subject to changes in date, time and cancellation at the discretion of British authorities.
  • On occasional Sundays may be rescheduled to early morning, this will then be replaced with an extended walking tour.
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Cancellation due to bad weather is not announced before 11AM. When this occurs, customers will still see a ‘wet change’ during which the guards march but without the usual music or parade.
  • 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 yesterday via mobile

Had a lovely tour! Marney was great and had a lot of the behind the scenes access and knew exactly when to move the group so that we’d get the best view and pictures. She had a great attitude and was an awesome tour guide....More

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank toriwes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Before the changing of the Guard band marches into the grounds and perform. During the summer the changing of the guard ceremony does not happen every day. Can check the calendar on line to find out when it does. During August and September, the public...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Dee566
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our guide, Ben, was obviously experienced...he got us to the front of everything and was so informative...great personality! Couldn't have been more pleased with all we were able to see and do with regards to the Changing of the Guard. He took us places where...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank Alicia S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Dave, our guide was absolutely brilliant. He was very welcoming and introduced our group of 23 to each other. His 2 hour guided tour along Pall Mall was extremely informative and told in a captivating manner. He made us laugh so much and I was...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank SONIA H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

AMZING tour, very organized and they guides were super nice!!!! This is a don’t miss tour when it’s open!!! PS you can’t take pictures inside, but trust me.... it’s totally worth it!

Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from Soeee | Reviewed this property |
Not at all it didn’t seem to busy on a Saturday
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Sorry last answer was for the Yower of London. Buckingham Palsce tour starts at 10:30am. Be there by 10-10:15.
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This is not a tour you will want to rush through. If you are planning on taking it, I would not recommend booking something else for the same day. If you are finished and want to do something afterwards, that's fine but I... More
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