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Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony

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icon2 hours 45 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Overview

Delve into London’s rich royal heritage during a visit to Buckingham Palace to see the Changing of the Guard Ceremony. Marvel at the traditional Changing of the Guard performance, which involves meticulously dressed soldiers marching to the rhythm of military drums. Then, enjoy an exclusive experience as you enter the opulent State Rooms of Buckingham Palace for an independent audio tour. See lavish chambers during a tour only available for two months of the year, and gain fascinating insight into the history of the British monarchy.
  • Buckingham Palace tour including the Changing of the Guard ceremony, led by a tour host
  • Wander through St James’s Park and watch the famous Changing of the Guard
  • Explore the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, an experience only open to the public for two months of the year
  • Plug into an audio guide and learn about Queen Elizabeth II and the British Royal Family

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

On this efficient tour, see the Changing of the Guard and nab hard-to-get tickets to Buckingham Palace.
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Audio guide for Buckingham Palace
Changing of the Guard ceremony
Entrance ticket for Buckingham Palace
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Duke of York Monument , St. James's, London SW1Y 5AJ, UK

By the Duke of York Column, Waterloo Place, 9 Carlton Terrace, London SW1Y 5AJ. This is the tall column with a statue on top.

Spur Road , Spur Rd, London SW1A 1AA, UK

Inside Buckingham Palace

Greet your courteous guide at a central London location and stroll through the verdant splendor of St. James’ Park to Buckingham Palace, the majestic official residence of Her Majesty the Queen. Stop at a prime position before the gates to behold the impressive Changing of the Guards Ceremony, a colorful and traditional performance that combines vibrantly dressed soldiers with rhythmic drum beats. 

See immaculately groomed horses and the beautifully dressed Household Cavalry canter across Horse Guards Parade, and 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 independent exploration of Queen Elizabeth II’s luxurious State Apartments. Delight in opulent ornaments like sparkling chandeliers, classic artworks and elegantly upholstered furniture as you discover the historical rooms. 

Return to the outside of Buckingham Palace and bid your guide farewell at this central location. 

Please note: If there is heavy rain — or if the Changing of the Guard is rescheduled to early morning (as on some Sundays) — the ceremony will be replaced with a walking tour.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
St. James's Park
Greet your courteous guide at a central London location and stroll through the verdant splendor of St. James’ Park to Buckingham Palace, the majestic official residence of Her Majesty the Queen.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Changing of the Guard
Stop at a prime position before the gates to behold the impressive Changing of the Guards Ceremony, a colorful and traditional performance that combines vibrantly dressed soldiers with rhythmic drum beats. Please note: If there is heavy rain — or if the Changing of the Guard is rescheduled to early morning (as on some Sundays) — the ceremony will be replaced with a walking tour.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall
See immaculately groomed horses and the beautifully dressed Household Cavalry canter across Horse Guards Parade, and then prepare to enter one of Britain’s most iconic cultural institutions.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Buckingham Palace
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 independent exploration of Queen Elizabeth II’s luxurious State Apartments. Delight in opulent ornaments like sparkling chandeliers, classic artworks and elegantly upholstered furniture as you discover the historical rooms. Return to the outside of Buckingham Palace and bid your guide farewell at this central location.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please note that if you book your tour on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, you’ll experience the change of the Household Cavalry.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders UK
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the social distancing policy during Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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  • "It should be noted that people with disabilities need consider signing up." See review
  • "Make sure you locate the meeting point ahead of time." See review
  • "This is necessary because there is so much to see." See review

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star-4
tour guide Jo was very...
Mark_C
, Aug 2022
tour guide Jo was very interesting and informative. changing of the guard was not what i expected. a lot of standing around. loved inside of the palace
star-1
Poor experience
roberta_s
, Aug 2022
Tour totally mid-named. We did not see changing of guards but rather little bits and pieces of guards getting ready to match or guards returning to barracks. Repeatedly told if we listened we could hear the band! Complete waste of money. Better to have done on our own
star-4
Royal memories
Annemie_V
, Aug 2022
Our last day in London before going back home, we had the chance to see the changing of the guards and Buckingham Palace. Although the changing of the guards was a bit disappointing, since we only saw a small part of it. But we learned more about it and understand why it is not easy to see the full picture all at once. The tour of Buckingham Palace made up for this and so happy to have done this. Nice ending of our vacation in London.
star-3
Disappointed, Not Worth the Expense
Judy_H
, Aug 2022
We purchased this experience so we could get the best view of the changing of the guard; however, we only witnessed the horse guard ceremony (which we could have done without a tour). The tour guide was very informative, but the overall experience was a disappointment given the price.
star-5
Don't Miss the Buckingham Palace Tour!
Kathy_S
, Aug 2022
I sent a message indicating that we were running a little late because of the unexpected congestion due to the celebration of the UK women's soccer team. I was disappointed to receive a completely unhelpful response that basically said too bad. I would have expected a little more understanding regarding circumstances beyond our control. But ... we made it to the tour in the nick of time and we were so glad., because this tour turned out to be the highlight of our entire UK trip! Our guide was great and visiting Buckingham Palace was absolutely awesome!
star-5
Guided Buckingham Palace tour
Amy_M
, Aug 2022
Louise was a great tour guide! Very knowledgeable and fun! Definitely recommend a small group guide to give you lots of interesting info you wouldn’t learn if self guided!
star-5
Had a great time
Ellyn_L
, Aug 2022
Louise was an amazing guide. She made the experience so fun. It is definitely a tour worth taking. So glad we decided to see Buckingham Palace using this tour.
star-5
Fun(ny) time!
Liliya_G
, Aug 2022
Nathan was fantastic! His sense of humor, his pacing, and his energy were all easy to keep up with. Highly recommend booking and requesting Nathan!
star-5
Great trip
Kellie_P
, Aug 2022
Awesome day, Great guide, Whole experience was amazin, plenty of knowledge and history shown by the guide
star-5
Outstanding tour with much to see
Matthew_C
, Aug 2022
Fantastic tour had a wonderful time. Our guide Marilyn had an excellent working knowledge of where to get to the best vantage points for the changing of the guards at multiple locations. She had the patience of a saint with a large group and couldn’t be more happier that we had her as our guide. The self guided Buckingham Palace tour that followed was also excellent. Highly recommended!’
star-3
Waste of time changing of the guards, fantastic Buckingham palace
Jens_K
, Aug 2022
0 stars for the changing of the guards experience as our guide had no clue where to stand or go to get the best spot. We were standing either at the wrong spot or way too far away to be able to see anything. The quality of the tour guide was mediocre at best. However 5 stars for the Buckingham palace tour, the palace and the audio tour was fantastic.
star-5
Great tour!
Sharon_O
, Aug 2022
Our tour guide was fantastic! She was so full of wonderful information, made sure we all had a great view for the changing of the guards, answered questions and was just enjoyable!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Perfect and As Promised.
Rob_W
, Jul 2022
Got to see the changing of the guards, military band and more. Steve was a wonderful guide who knew where to be and when to see all the morning events. Perfect and as promised. Palace tour is the same canned program everyone gets but no waiting and right in.
star-2
Not worth it
mk9n6z2hrg
, Jul 2022
There was no point in the guided tour. It was so rushed there was no time for context, we were too late for guard change at the “special location” and then the guide leaves you at the palace on your own.
star-5
Buckingham Palace
Anna_G
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide was very good. He was funny and very informative. We didn’t see the changing of the guards from up close which I was hoping but all in all I’d recommend it
star-5
Very enjoyable visit to...
ANN_K
, Jul 2022
Very enjoyable visit to the palace thank you. Interesting and great to be able to go round at your own pace and sit down when you wanted to for the elderly members of our group
star-3
Wasted an hour of...
Ashley_R
, Jul 2022
Wasted an hour of listening to the operator. Couldn't see the actual changing of the guard because he stood so far back. Was disappointed in that. Would rather have seen up close than listen to him talk.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Money well Spent
Eve_O
, Jul 2022
Jay was our tour guide and even though he was from Minnesota USA he knew his stuff, and gave good information. Made the walk interesting and any waiting we had. The state rooms were amazing. The art work beautiful and well worth the 4.65 miles we walked between the tour and walking on our own around Piccadilly Circle.
star-4
Lovely and Lively
Lisa_B
, Jul 2022
Our guide, Richard, gave us lots of history info and got us a good spot to stand to see the guards pass by and j to Wellington. Tour I g the inside of Buckingham Palace was delightful, though crowded.
star-5
Brilliant Guide!
Marcia_B
, Jul 2022
Our Guide Robert was excellent! He gave us a big insight into British History. Placed the group in a great viewing area and led us to the palace tour!

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