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Changing of the Guard Tours

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Changing of the Guard
The Changing of the Guard is a centuries-old tradition that marks the official shift change of the Household Regiment—the Queen's guards stationed at Buckingham Palace. One of the world's most famous ceremonies and a top London experience, this ceremony gives visitors the chance to witness the grandeur of a royal march. Dressed in their iconic red suits and bearskin hats, the guards exemplify classic British pomp in a showing that's not to be missed.

The Basics
The Guard Mounting ceremony begins with the New Guard marching from Wellington Barracks to Buckingham Palace with a marching band, while the mounted Horse Guards Parade leaves from the Hyde Park barracks and crosses The Mall to St. James' Place. The official guard change then takes place in the palace forecourt. Some London walking tours include a timed stop at the palace to see the event, while other tours combine a viewing with a visit to the Tower of London or a whirl on the London Eye.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Buckingham Palace's Changing the Guard ceremony takes place daily at 11:30am and lasts about 45 minutes.
  • Crowds are frequent, especially at the palace, but you'll find quieter spots elsewhere along the route.
  • The ceremony is free to watch, and no tickets are required.

How to Get There
The procession begins at Wellington Barracks and continues on to Buckingham Palace in central London. The nearest tube stations are St. James Park, Green Park, and Victoria.

When to Get There
To get a good view, it's best to arrive early—as early as 9:30am for a good view in the summer months. Some tours are timed specifically for the ceremony, guaranteeing the best viewpoints and insight from an expert tour guide. Note that the ceremony may be canceled in bad weather.

Things to Do Near Buckingham Palace
Travelers can pair the show with stops at Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and Windsor Castle, or even with afternoon tea, a classic London experience. The nearby Tower of London also has an entertaining guards tour that complements Buckingham's Changing of the Guard ceremony.
Address: Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1, England
Hours: Daily 11:30am
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Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony

Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony

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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.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$78.58
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$78.58

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

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

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Delight in the quintessentially English culture of London on a half-day tour that combines three iconic British experiences. With a knowledgeable guide, watch the incredible Changing of the Guard ceremony outside of Buckingham Palace, and then embark on an audio-guided tour of the residence’s lavish State Apartments, only open for two months of the year. Then, head to a prestigious hotel in central London and pleasure your palate with an appetizing array of finger sandwiches, soft scones, and aromatic cups of English tea. Book now to avoid missing the few dates that Buckingham Palace is open to the public.
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  • 4 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$123.10
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London Walking Tour with Westminster Abbey and Changing of the Guard

London Walking Tour with Westminster Abbey and Changing of the Guard

When it comes to tradition, legacy and grandeur, the United Kingdom is the ultimate embodiment. On this tour, you will skip the line for a tour of Westminster Abbey and you will see the Changing of the Guard from the ultimate view.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.74
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London In a Day: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard

London In a Day: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard

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Limited time in London doesn’t have to mean a limited view of the capital. Soak up the key sights in just one action-packed day on this guided small-group tour. Explore Westminster Abbey and watch the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace. Then cruise the Thames River to Tower Bridge and explore its inner workings before delving into British history at the Tower of London.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$174.17
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London for Kids with Changing of the Guard, Westminster Abbey, Tower of London

London for Kids with Changing of the Guard, Westminster Abbey, Tower of London

During this full day tour, led by a qualified Blue Badge Guide, you will discover all the main highlights of London, as well as going into Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London, two of the city's most famous landmarks. Besides seeing some of London's best known attractions from outside, such as the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, St. Paul's Cathedral and many more iconic streets, palaces and squares, you will will also see the fascinating Changing of the Guards ceremony. This tour is aimed at families with children, and your guide will make sure that everyone is entertained and engaged during the itinerary, sharing with you incredible facts and stories about the history of London.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$489.90
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$489.90
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Ultimate Changing of the Guard Experience, with Westminster Dome Climb

Ultimate Changing of the Guard Experience, with Westminster Dome Climb

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Combine two quintessential London experiences—the Changing of the Guard ceremony and a dome climb—in one tour. You'll actually get to see two guard ceremonies from an exclusive viewpoint, which makes for great. Learn about British military customs and then do a dome climb for views of central London. Traveling with a small group means personalized attention and a flexible itinerary.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.60
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Royal London Walking Tour

Royal London Walking Tour

Royal London Walking Tour All our tours have been made Covid secure: our staff carry out daily temperature checks and we can provide face masks, disposable gloves and antibacterials if you like. We'll use an app for your smartphone so you can hear your guide easily through your earphones. Discover London's Westminster area in-depth on an 8 hour private tour with your personal London Blue Badge Guide for guided visits in: Westminster Abbey Guided tour of Kensington Palace Churchill War Rooms Guard Change or Horse Guard change at Buckingham Palace** * Depending on availability and **weather. Short lunch stop (not included). Photo stops at all major attractions: Big Ben, Parliament, London Eye and St James's Park. Your guide will meet you at your hotel or other central London location. See London like a local: on public transport and/or taxi (not included). Combine it with our The City of London Walking Tour over 2 days for the most complete and comfortable London experience.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$546.10
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Royal London Grand Tour

Royal London Grand Tour

Royal London Grand Tour All our tours have been made Covid secure and are carried out in daily sanitised vehicles. We have personal protective equipment (PPE) such as antibacterials, face coverings and disposable gloves.  Our staff carry out a daily health check with temperature checks. The venues have sanitising stations and respect UK government rules on social distancing and safe travel.  Discover London's Westminster area in-depth, on an 8 hour tour in safely in style on this private tour in a Mercedes with your personal chauffeur and London Blue Badge Guide for guided visits in London's top attractions: Westminster Abbey, Kensington Palace and the Churchill War Rooms. Guard Change or Horse Guard change at Buckingham Palace (depending on availability and weather). Short lunch stop (not included). Complimentary pick up and drop off anywhere in central London. Combine it with our The City of London Grand Tour over 2 days for the most complete and comfortable London experience.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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London Super Saver: Royal London Sightseeing Tour with Madame Tussauds & London Eye entry tickets

London Super Saver: Royal London Sightseeing Tour with Madame Tussauds & London Eye entry tickets

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Visit three of London’s top royal landmarks—and receive pre-booked tickets for Madame Tussauds and the London Eye—on this seamless tour. Following central London pickup, travel to the Westminster Abbey (the site of numerous royal weddings and other ceremonies), visit Kensington Palace (the former home of Princess Diana), and venture to Buckingham Palace to see the famed Changing of the Guard ceremony. After the tour ends, you can visit Madame Tussauds and the London Eye at your leisure.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$106.08
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$106.08
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Full Day London Private Classic Tour

Full Day London Private Classic Tour

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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$687.53
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Private Walking Tour of St James', London's Royal Village with a qualified guide

Private Walking Tour of St James', London's Royal Village with a qualified guide

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Follow the path of the British monarchy on a tour of St. James’s Park, known as London’s ‘Royal Village’ thanks to the ring of palaces surrounding this leafy retreat. Hear what goes on inside Buckingham Palace and other regal residences, and window shop at exclusive boutiques favored by the royal family. A top-rated guide reveals that there’s much more than meets the eye in this ritzy enclave.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$182.03
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The Spirit of London - Full Day Tour with Free Lunch Pack & Blue Badge Guide

The Spirit of London - Full Day Tour with Free Lunch Pack & Blue Badge Guide

Panoramic tour of London – Entry to St. Paul’s Cathedral – See the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace – Complimentary Lunch Pack – Entry to Tower of London – Meet the Yeoman Warders – See the famous Crown Jewels – Free Thames River boat ride – Luxury air– conditioned vehicle
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$196.44
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Private Tour: Sightseeing Walking Tour of London

Private Tour: Sightseeing Walking Tour of London

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Make the most of your flexible itinerary and private guide on this 3-hour sightseeing walking tour of London — a great choice for first-time visitors or families. Make your way to Buckingham Palace for the famous Changing of the Guard Ceremony, then enjoy a tour of some of London’s most renowned landmarks. Pass Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, admire the architecture of Westminster Abbey and get a glimpse of No.10 Downing Street, home to the British Prime Minister, as you walk up Whitehall.
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  • 3 hours
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$269.09
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London In One Day Private Car Tour

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Discover the very best of London in just eight hours on a private sightseeing tour. The excursion is perfect for travelers who want to see everything, but are short on time. A personal Mercedes E or V class vehicle chauffeurs you to the city’s most iconic landmarks. See the crown jewels at the Tower of London, watch the changing of the guard outside Buckingham Palace, experience the excitement of Trafalgar Square, and much more.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$674.44
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Amazing Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace, Hampton Court Palace Private Tour

Amazing Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace, Hampton Court Palace Private Tour

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During this full-day private tour, you’ll visit three historic palaces belonging to Britain’s royal family. Listen to personalized commentary as you get a first-hand peek at Buckingham Palace—or perhaps even the iconic Changing of the Guards. Then, head by train to Hampton Court Palace, the stunning one-time residence of Henry VIII, William III, and George II. Other sights include Green Park and St. James's Palace.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$538.19
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$538.19
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London Black cab tour

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At Classic Taxi tours we offer friendly guides who are qualified black cab drivers who have acquired further london history qualifications making these tours the best in London , you will be driven around viewing all the classic sites in London with many hidden gems along the way in the new famous electric black cab
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$229.18
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$229.18
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Full Day Traditional Private London Tour by Walking & Public Transportation

Full Day Traditional Private London Tour by Walking & Public Transportation

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  • 8 hours
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$851.23
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London in a Day Tour with Westminster Abbey and Tower of London

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One of the world's largest and most visited cities, London is as famous for its crowds as its sites. Join us for your day in London to skip the lines and see the city's highlights on our carefully built itinerary for the ultimate English experience.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$165.54
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Full Day Traditional Private London Tour with Car/Black Cab/SUV/Van/Coach

Full Day Traditional Private London Tour with Car/Black Cab/SUV/Van/Coach

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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,035.88
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First Time Visitor's London by Car/Black Cab/MPV/Van/Minibus

First Time Visitor's London by Car/Black Cab/MPV/Van/Minibus

This specially designed full-day tour is exclusively dedicated for first-time visitors to London. Our tour can start at various times in the morning depending on your request. The direction of the tour can be reversible. In this tour, we aim to give the full history of London in 8 hours so that visitors can understand the 2000 years of history of the city. Our guides have an excellent knowledge of the city's history and we would be very pleased to offer an immaculate culture experience for our guests. We welcome large groups of travellers as well. Please just contact our tour management service.
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  • 8 hours
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$1,035.88
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$1,035.88
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Private Chauffeured Minivan at Your Disposal in London for 4 Hours

Private Chauffeured Minivan at Your Disposal in London for 4 Hours

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With so much to see and do, travelers visiting London for the first time can often feel overwhelmed. Escape the crowds and skip the hassle of navigating an unfamiliar public transport system on a customizable tour by private minivan, a hassle-free choice designed with travelers on a time budget in mind. Your private chauffeur transports you between top attractions with ease and reveals lesser-known spots that you won't find in the guide book.
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  • 4 hours
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$470.66
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The Golden Triangle Tour | London-Oxford-Cambridge

The Golden Triangle Tour | London-Oxford-Cambridge

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  • 3 days
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$2,132.54
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$2,132.54
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London Private Layover Tour from London Heathrow Airport

London Private Layover Tour from London Heathrow Airport

Welcome to the busiest city in the world! There is always a getaway from the routine, so we are here to take you out of this routine. Meet our guide in the arrival hall, or we will see you once you are out and it's the starting time of the magical moments in yesterday's Londinium, today's "The City". Let's getaway for 4 to 8 hours to brighten up an otherwise boring waiting time in the dull atmosphere of the airport. It's precious time for yourself and your party. It's the time to see, hear, learn, touch, smell, taste and laugh. All are on this tour and await you in the world's capital while you are in the city. Every spot has its own story and our blue badge guides are excited to tell you everything. Every spot is a piece of a puzzle of this charming city, and you will, then, be able to see the real picture of London in your mind right after this tour. With our "Private Layover Tour in London", you will see how an ordinary stopover turns into a magical quest that you will never forget.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$868.25
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$868.25
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First Time Visitor's London by Car/MPV/Van

First Time Visitor's London by Car/MPV/Van

This specially designed full-day tour is exclusively dedicated for the first time visitors in London. Our tour can start various times in the morning depending on your request. The direction of the tour can be reversible. In this tour, I aim to give the full history of London in 8 hours. This way visitors can understand the 2000 years of history of the city. I'm a history buff and have an excellent background of the city's history and I would be very pleased to offer an immaculate culture experience for our guests. I do welcome the large group of travellers as well. Please just contact me for further info.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$1,265.06
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$1,265.06
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