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Itinerary

Your regal tour begins at the Duke of York Column, located in St. James’, where you’ll greet your guide, don a personal headset, and receive a historical overview of the Changing of the Guard ceremony.

Many tourists make the mistake of viewing the ceremony outside of Buckingham Palace. However on this tour, handpicked vantage points ensure you get the best views of the royal tradition while listening to commentary that explains each part of the performance.

Marvel at the shimmering coats of the household cavalry as their riders control the horses with expert precision; capture photographs of the iconic red and black attire of the Queen’s foot soldiers; and, move quickly between vantage points in a small group of only 15 people.

Your tour concludes outside of Buckingham Palace.

Please note: The Changing of the Guard ceremony is subject to changes in date, time and cancellation at the discretion of British authorities. Cancellation due to bad weather is not announced before 11am. Even when cancelled, customers will still see a ‘wet change’ during which the guards march but without the usual music and parade.
Locations visited
Buckingham Palace
Changing of the Guard
City Wonders
Overview

No visit to England would be complete without experiencing quintessential traditions such as the Changing of the Guard. See British culture come to life during this 1.5-hour experience of the Changing of the Guard ceremony from select prime vantage points. In a small group limited to 15, you’ll observe the Queen’s iconic foot guards, clad in red tunics and bearskin hats, and watch the household cavalry put on an impressive display. Follow history-rich guide commentary with ease using a headset.

Highlights
  • 1.5-hour guided Changing of the Guard ceremony in London

  • Watch the royal performance from select vantage points only known to experts

  • Witness the Queen’s iconic foot soldiers clad in red tunics and bearskin hats

  • Admire the precision and gleaming coats of the household cavalry

  • Listen to history-rich commentary with ease using a personal headset

  • Small-group tour limited to 15 people

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Unique Tour, Robert was Fantastic!

Through a scheduling quirk, my wife and I were the only ones on the changing of the guard tour and due to rain, we couldn't see the Buckingham Palace change. Our tour guide Robert, handled everything in stride. We got to see the changing of...More

2  Thank Tony L
Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile
Great tour guide

Wow, what a great experience this was. Jennifer our guide kept us moving around so we saw 3 times as much then we would have without her knowledge. She also had a lot of other info on the area and answered all my questions. I...More

3  Thank Jeff M
Reviewed 12 July 2018
Awesome Tour!

We totally enjoyed this tour and we were able to see the starting point and heard the guards play and then quickly walked to Buckingham Palace to finish the change. We have done this on our own and only saw the guards staring at each...More

1  Thank sandyrmac
Reviewed 18 June 2018
Worth every penny (or pence)!

Loved everything about this tour. The small size was great as it allowed us to make our way through the crowds nimbly and the headsets were awesome as we were able to get a play-by-play during the events. Our tour guide, Gavin, was what really...More

1  Thank C W
Reviewed 18 June 2018
at least 3 great up-close vantage points

our guide Karen was very knowledgeable and my only complaint would be that i'd like to get even more background/stories - we arrived very early (it seems they tell people to arrive 30 minutes before the tour actually starts, to ensure that everyone is there...More

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Its a fast paced tour, but possibly if you inform the guide, he can manage to adjust the pace.
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