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Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony & Afternoon Tea

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    What to Expect
    Greet your guide at a central London location and take a picturesque stroll through St James’s Park to Buckingham Palace, the magnificent official residence of Her Majesty the Queen. Stop in a prime position either along The Mall, by Horse Guards Parade or in front of the palace to behold the Changing of the Guard, a colorful and traditional ceremony that combines vibrantly dressed soldiers and rhythmic drum beats.

    Then, prepare to enter one of Britain’s most iconic cultural institutions. Listen to illuminating commentary from your guide as you stroll to the entrance of the regal residence, only open for two months of the year. Pop in your audio guide and embark on a fascinating discovery of the luxurious chambers; marvel at opulent accessories like suspended chandeliers, classic artworks and sumptuous furniture as you explore the gorgeous State Apartments.

    When your tour of Buckingham Palace concludes, head to an elegant venue to pleasure your palate to an enticing array known as afternoon tea. Indulge in this 18th-century tradition in the elegant surroundings of your hotel dining area and enjoy scones smothered with sweet preserves and thick clotted cream, and dainty finger sandwiches filled with fine ingredients.

    Bid your guide farewell inside the hotel, where the tour concludes. 

    Please note: if there is heavy rain on the day of your tour, the Changing of the Guard ceremony will be replaced with a visit to the Guard’s Chapel.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Duke of York Column, St. James's, London SW1Y 5AJ, UK
    4h 45m
    Return Details
    Buckingham Gate, Westminster, London SW1A 1AA, UK
    • Professional guide
    • Audio guide at Buckingham Palace
    • Afternoon tea
    • Entry/Admission - Buckingham Palace
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair/stroller accessible
    • Unable to accommodated strollers and baby carriages
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Please note: Changing of the Guard will not operate in heavy rain and on occasional Sundays the changing of the guards may be rescheduled to early morning, this will be replaced with an extended walking tour
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • 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 5 weeks ago

    David our Tour Guide created a memorable day. My mother laughed at his jokes and was able to keep up with the tour group with ease. David made sure everyone moved safely and smoothly across the 3 locations. He also ensured we all had a...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    1  Thank Maria C
    Reviewed 8 September 2019

    Wonderful informative tour perfectly timed to get the best views of multiple changing of the guards. Plenty of time allowed for us to tour Buckingham palace and visit the gift shop before setting off for tea which was delicious! Highly enjoyed the day!

    Date of experience: September 2019
    1  Thank Amy G
    Reviewed 7 September 2019 via mobile

    We used City Wonders again and loved the tour. We enjoyed watching Horse Guards and learning about Queen’s Life Guards before self-guided tour of Buckingham Palace. Our guide has been super and you can tell he loves his job. Pure pleasure!

    2  Thank bettyh564
    Reviewed 31 August 2019 via mobile

    Buckingham palace fab day Jo our guide excellent took us where we would get the best view changing of guard cream tea: just lovely xx

    Date of experience: August 2019
    1  Thank Val F
    Reviewed 21 August 2019

    The tour was amazing as was our tour guide, Michael! We learned so much! Although the rain cancelled the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, we were able to see the Guard and Horse Parade. Buckingham Palace was impressive! The icing on the cake was Afternoon...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    2  Thank jemantikas
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    18 September 2018|
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    Response from Sheila D | Reviewed this property |
    We got to tour the inside. Buckingham Palace is open for public tours in August and September. We happened to be London in September so jumped on the tour.
    26 July 2018|
    Response from Christine L | Reviewed this property |
    Yes. She had already gone to Scotland when I visited. The change happens most days during the summer.
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