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Changing of the Guard Guided Walking Tour in London

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The most fun 1.5-hour tour in London. Watch the Changing of the Guard with an experienced and acclaimed guide, where you'll be taken to the best places to see the ceremony. Along the way you'll see palaces, royal parks, royal residences and even have an opportunity to march alongside the guards. The walk is interesting for adults, fun for kids, and will almost certainly be the highlight of your stay in London.
Please note that you will not see the section of the ceremony on the courtyard of Buckingham Palace, but rather the other highlights of the ceremony.
  • Get a close look at real Beefeaters and march along side the Queen’s Guard
  • See London sights on a walking tour with commentary from your guide
  • Visit Wellington Barracks and Buckingham Palace 
  • Learn about London’s monarchy and royal history
What to Expect
Meet your guide at Piccadilly Circus at an agreed time and start with a short overview of the morning’s events. Then walk down Lower Regent Street towards Waterloo Place where you stop to hear some geography and history about the area. Continue along the Mall, stopping at different landmarks, and then walk to St. James Palace, where the old Guard arrives for their inspection. Next, you march in step with the Queen’s Guard, and then your guide leads you to Wellington Barracks, before finishing the tour with a view of Buckingham Palace. Please note: you will need to keep apace with the Guard and climb two flights of stairs; so will need relative fitness to take the tour. Due to the crowd size, it is not possible to view the ceremony at the Buckingham Palace courtyard.
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Departure Point
Piccadilly Circus, Soho, London W1B, UK
1h 30m
Return Details
The Mall, St. James's, London, UK
  • Local guide
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from attractions
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • 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
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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.
  • 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 experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • 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 4 days ago

We had a wonderful morning with Rosie! She is just lovely and kept up a steady stream of funny and interesting stories so even while we were standing and waiting, we were never bored. Seeing the guards up close more than once was so much...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank kab1234
Reviewed 1 week ago

Jess was a great tour guide, very knowledgeable, took us on a route less crowded so we got to see the guards closely and had beautiful views of Buckingham Palace. This tour was well worth it!

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very organised, energetic and engaged tour guide. Exceeded our expectations and we had the perfect view of the changing of the guards. Worth the money and would do it again.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This tour was WELL worth the booking. Gareth was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about getting the group to the proper places to see the best parts of the ceremony with the best views. He guided us wonderfully, and we saw SO much more than we...More

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank Alexis F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Jess, our tour guide, was awesome! He had lots of information about London as we walked to our starting point and made our tour more enjoyable with his wonderful personality. I would highly recommend this tour for all ages. Our teens loved every part of...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Lynn T
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3 September 2019|
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Response from bvedam | Reviewed this property |
Keep in mind that this is not a daily event and varies by season. Search for changing of the guard schedule. The event starts at 11am and lasts for about an hour.
21 July 2019|
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Response from Chemcaid | Reviewed this property |
Between 60-90 minutes.
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  • Duration: 1h 30m
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