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Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony

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The Queen’s official London home, Buckingham Palace ranks among England’s most famous landmarks—yet it’s only open to the public two months each year. With this tour, you’ll secure your audio-guided visit to the palace’s State Rooms during the often-sold-out summer opening. A guided stroll through St. James's Park and front-row views of the Changing of the Guard (your guide knows the best spots along the Mall to watch the ceremony) also included.
You'll start at
Duke of York Column
St. James's, London SW1Y 5AJ, UKBy the Duke of York Column, Waterloo Place, 9 Carlton Terrace, London SW1Y 5AJ. This is the tall column with a statue on top.
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    St. James's Park
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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  • 2
    Changing of the Guard
    Stop: 30 minutes -
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  • 3
    Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall
    Stop: 30 minutes -
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  • 4
    Buckingham Palace
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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You'll end at
Spur Road
Spur Rd, London SW1A 1AA, UKInside Buckingham Palace
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  • 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
2h 45m
Return Details
Spur Road, Spur Rd, London SW1A 1AA, UK
  • Professional host
  • Audio guide for Buckingham Palace
  • Changing of the Guard ceremony
  • Entrance ticket for Buckingham Palace
  • Headsets when appropriate
  • Entry/Admission - Buckingham Palace
  • 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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Dr. Sambhaji Shinde wrote a review Dec 2019
35 contributions6 helpful votes
Buckingham Palace, London, UK :- This is the London residence and administrative headquarters of the monarch of the United Kingdom. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is often at the centre of state occasions and royal hospitality. It has been a focal point for the
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Date of experience: December 2019
triplemc3 wrote a review Nov 2019
Rome, Italy3 contributions3 helpful votes
knowledge and helpful tour guide, getting inside to see the palace without waiting in long lines was awesome, took time to enjoy pastries and refreshments after the guided tour of the palace. The history and artworks were amazing. We were lucky to see events from several
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Date of experience: September 2019
Anita wrote a review Oct 2019
Hong Kong, China21 contributions11 helpful votes
We were very happy with the Warner Brother Harry Potter studios Tour with City Wonders and hoped we would get a similar experience at the Buckingham Palace. Unfortunately the Buckingham Palace offered only audio guides (headset with a small machine that hangs round your neck)
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Stanley S wrote a review Oct 2019
6 contributions1 helpful vote
It was an amazing trip. We were glad we got to see this historical location and the change of guards. My wife and I enjoyed every bit of it. Glad it was NOT raining that day, otherwise it would have been miserable.
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Date of experience: September 2019
toriwes wrote a review Oct 2019
18 contributions7 helpful votes
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. Buckingham Palace was gorgeous and there was a lot of
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Date of experience: October 2019
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An absolute all around great experience.
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This is definitely a can't miss tour. We learned a lot and got to see everything without dealing with tons of crowd
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There just aren't words to describe how amazing this tour was. There is so much to see and they make sure you don't
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Great tour
Good view of the guards and very informative tour guide! Highly recommended tour. Lots of fun facts and anecdotes
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Great experience 👍
The trip was comfortable... I feel like I’m actor in the movie 😀and how it was amazing to live this experience 👍
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Our guide was fantastic! This was our favorite part of our trip to the UK. We were able to see everything so close
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Lovely! Wealth of info for your HP nerd.
Finding the meeting point, getting on the train, bus, and to the studio was easy. The guide who meets you at the tr
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Perfect way to kick off visiting the War Rooms!
Rob was great. He was very knowledgeable as well as entertaining- the perfect mix of history and humor. The walking
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Great Time at the Changing of the Guard Tour
This changing of the guard tour was really awesome! Our tour guide was very nice and they provided a radio and earp
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Informative, fun, and amazing tour! A must do in London!
We could not have been happier with the tour and especially our tour guide, Frances. He was extremely knowledgeable
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Fantastic, Comprehensive tour
Not sure what I expected going in, but I basically assumed we would be standing at the gates of the palace and watc
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Amazing tour
Decided to do this tour before venturing inside Buckingham Palace as we wanted to see the changing the the guards.
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