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Changing of the Guard
Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard

Free admission
Daily 11:30am
Buckingham Palace Road, London, England, SW1

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.

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Private Tower of London Opening Ceremony with Changing of The Guard and Cruise
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Private Tower of London Opening Ceremony with Changing of The Guard and Cruise
star-4.5
$75.26 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Well worth the trip
Sandy was very informative and made the tour interesting I would recommend this tour. The sights are overwhelmingly beautiful
Dawn_B, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in London

star-5
Great tour!
john, May 2022
Changing of the Guard Walking Tour in London
We had a “wet” changing of the guard, but our guide still taught us so much and kept the tour entertaining. I would recommend this tour to anyone watching the changing of the guard. Otherwise, we wouldn’t understand what is going on. So brilliant!
star-5
Fun and Educational
Carol_H, May 2022
Changing of the Guard Walking Tour in London
We were told the day before by another guide to do the opposite of what the general crowd does while watching the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Our guide did exactly that. We were able to see and photograph this event with relative ease. We were also able to see "Big Ben," which was a nice surprise. We thought it was still under construction. Thank you, Mike!
star-5
Royale London Tour
WilliamG_P, May 2022
Royal London Tour with Changing of the Guard
Changing of the Guard and explanation of all the landmark sights. Guide Leslye was outstanding. Incredible wealth of information.
star-5
Excellent Guide, very knowledgeable!
Anonymous, May 2022
Changing of the Guard Small-Group Walking Tour
I thought changing of the guard was just at Buckingham Palace. Boy was I wrong. With our expert guide Michael we saw a total of 5 changing ceremonies. Don’t miss out, go with a local who knows where to position yourself, you will not regret it!
star-5
Beat seats to changing of the fuard
Lori_B, May 2022
Changing of the Guard Guided Walking Tour in London
We had Amber as our guide and she was energetic and incredibly knowledgeable even with remote facts. We had a front row seat to the changing of the guard. Highly rexommended
star-5
God Save the Queen
John_W, May 2022
Changing of the Guard Walking Tour in London
Chris, our guide, was insightful, learned and engaging. Learning about the relevance and pageantry of the Changing of the Guard while observing this ceremony was highly memorable.
star-4
Our guide was extremely...
tkrose83, May 2022
Private Tower of London Opening Ceremony with Changing of The Guard and Cruise
Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. Wish we could have spent more time at the Tower of London. We saw a lot of historical sites in a short period of time. I would recommend this tour.
star-4
Lots to See
Jennifer_H, May 2022
Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade
Overall, it is a good tour. You do see a lot in a relatively short period of time. My husband, son, and I enjoyed our day.
star-5
Great tour
Mira_D, May 2022
Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade
You see a lot of amazing places, there is a good amount of walking, but it’s worth it. Bring comfy shoes and appropriate clothing. Guide was very interesting; gave us a lot of interesting information
star-5
Fantastic tour!
JayJay_H, May 2022
Private Tower of London Opening Ceremony with Changing of The Guard and Cruise
Wonderful walking tour! Nathan was amazing and so knowledgeable, we just couldn’t get enough! Wear walking shoes!
star-5
Great tour
John_G, May 2022
Changing of the Guard Small-Group Walking Tour
Michael was knowledgable,, friendly and quite humorous. It kept the tour light and enjoyable. Let us know what to expect every step of the way
star-5
Great - worth it!
Anonymous, Apr 2022
Changing of the Guard Small-Group Walking Tour
Great way to see Changing of the Guards! Natalie was kind, informative, and made sure we were well positioned for the events.

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.

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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.

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Trip ideas


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.

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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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