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Royal London Walking Tour: Early Access Tower of London & Changing of The Guard

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Greater London, United Kingdom

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Discover London’s royal history and sights on a London tour by foot and boat. Start with an early access visit to the Tower of London to see the opening ceremony and Crown Jewels without the usual daytime crowds. Then, take to the water on a half-hour River Thames sightseeing cruise. Stroll to Horse Guard’s Parade or Buckingham Palace to see the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony, and learn all about the British Royal Family from a knowledgeable local guide.
  • Guided walking tour of London’s royal sights including the Tower of London and the Changing of the Guard
  • Enjoy early access to the Tower of London and see the dazzling Crown Jewels
  • See top attractions including Big Ben and the London Eye on a Thames River cruise
  • Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace or Horse Guards Parade
  • See Buckingham Palace and learn about Queen Elizabeth II
  • Listen to insightful commentary about London’s royal highlights from a guide
Professional guide
Boat cruise on the Thames River
Headsets, when needed
VIP Early Access to Tower of London including opening ceremony
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

1: 1 Tower Hill Terrace, St Katharine's & Wapping, London EC3N 4EE, UK
2: Duke of York Column, St. James's, London SW1Y 5AJ, UK

Departure Time

8:15 AM

Return Details

1: 35 Tower Hill, St Katharine's & Wapping, London EC3N 4DR, UK
2: Spur Road, Spur Rd, London SW1A 1AA, UK
Arrive at the Tower of London in the morning, and head inside with your early access ticket. Beating the crowds that appear later in the day, you’ll be one of the first inside the site. See the opening ceremony performed by the Beefeater guards, and then explore on your own. Highlights include the Jewel House — home to the Crown Jewels — along with the East Wall Walk, Medieval Palace, Traitors' Gate and the Tower Green: site of many an execution.

Late, at a prearranged time, meet your guide outside the tower and head to the pier. Hop aboard a Thames River cruise boat, and glide along the river into central London. Have your camera ready to capture snaps of some of London’s legendary landmarks as you go; Shakespeare’s Globe, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and St Paul’s Cathedral are all on the route.

From the pier at Embankment, walk with your guide to Horse Guard’s Parade or Buckingham Palace. See the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony, carried out by the red-coated soldiers of the Household Cavalry or Queen’s Foot Guard.

Continue to a vantage spot outside Buckingham Palace to see the balcony where the British Royal Family stand at events, and then bid your guide goodbye.

Please note: If the weather is poor on the day, the timing of the Changing of the Guard may be changed. In the event of this happening, this element of the experience will be replaced with an extended walking tour.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Tower of London
Visiting inside
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Buckingham Palace
Visiting from outside
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Changing of the Guard
Part of the walking tour
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Houses of Parliament
Part of the walking tour
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall
Part of the visit
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Thames River
Part of the walking tour
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please note: Seeing the Changing of the Guard is weather dependent and on occasional Sundays may be rescheduled to early morning, this will then be replaced with an extended walking tour
  • Unable to accommodate strollers and baby carriages
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders UK

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Royal London Walking Tour: Early Access Tower of London & Changing of The Guard?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Worth the money for the early entrance to the Tower and the Crown Jewels and to experience the opening of the Tower." See review
  • "At busy times, early access to Tower of London would be a must." See review
  • "Oh, you can check the changing of the guard schedule to see if you even have a chance of seeing that happen." See review

Reviews

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STEVEN_J
, Apr 2020
Please contact me at 706-897-5653. Thank you. request voucher for use next year once the pandemic has ended.
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Top notch tour
Brandon_L
, Feb 2020
Highly recommend, well worth the cost. Getting in to see the heels early was key. Knowledgeable and fun guide.
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Amazing Experience
Karen_E
, Feb 2020
Fabulous tour! Our guide was so knowledgable, informative, and helpful. Worth the money for the early entrance to the Tower and the Crown Jewels and to experience the opening of the Tower. We had a fantastic time and felt very well informed and taken care of!
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So worth it!
klinkneraj823
, Oct 2019
The last time we came to London, the line to get into the tower was over 2 hours long - I so wish we had known about the early access tickets! We were able to get up close and personal with the jewel exhibits, armour, and other pieces without feeling rushed our crowded. We got some amazing pictures of the winding alleyways throughout the tower with not a single person in them. It was an amazing time. Our boat tour and walking tour around Buckingham was charming, due to Amber's personality and knowledge of all things London. She is a great asset to your company and this city!
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Very informative and fun!
amodeoje
, Oct 2019
Amber was a great tour guide, and very entertaining! She was super informative and energetic. We learned so much in a seemingly short amount of time. Getting early access to the Tower and the cruise down the Thames alone made this tour worth the price. I also liked that it was only a half day, leaving ample time to squeeze other attractions and activities that day; definitely a good choice if you're only in London a short amount of time like we were.
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Royal London Walking Tour of Tower of London and Changing of the Horse Guards
Carol B
, Oct 2019
Amber was fantastic with her knowledge of the history of London, and cruise of the Thames. We got early access to the Tower and Crown Jewels. Missed the crowds by taking the Viator tour. Buckingham Palace, and changing of the horseguards was great! Amber was very knowledgeable and patient with those who had difficulty walking.
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Lucky Us
Safari634070
, Oct 2019
We had a great tour. Our tour guide was very informative with great presentation. We were so lucky that we saw the Queen drive out of Buckingham Palace. How exciting.
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Amazing Opportunity
evaandwoody
, Oct 2019
This tour was fantastic. You get to watch a centuries old tower tradition up close and personal and then you basically get the tower to yourself for a bit before the general public gets in. Then you get on a boat and travel up the Thames to Buckinghame Palace for the guard change. It is really a must for fans of English history and/or the monarchy. Gavin (not Kevin) was a fabulous tour guide! He was informative and entertaining. I highly recommend this tour.
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Fantastic day tour
ongs0903
, Oct 2019
Gavin was a fantastic guide. Informative and funny. Timing for the tour was perfect. So glad that i on this tour.
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The best tour ever
skifreely
, Oct 2019
Our tour guide Nathaan was the most intellengent, articulate, charming, humours guide ever . I would go on a tour with him anywhere. He truely was the best guide I have ever had. From the history to the details of knowledge. He spoke for two hours and us all entranced the whole time. Very easy to understand and brilliantly preformed.

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