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

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Greater London, United Kingdom

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icon4 hours 45 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 9 more

Overview

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.
  • Royal London tour including afternoon tea, led by an expert local guide
  • Stroll through St. James's Park and watch the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony
  • Use a prebooked ticket to visit Buckingham Palace, a landmark only open to the public for two months each year
  • Explore the ornate palace on an audio tour and learn about Queen Elizabeth II and the British Royal Family
  • Learn about England’s famous afternoon tea tradition from your guide
  • Finish with afternoon tea at an elegant venue
Professional guide
Audio guide at Buckingham Palace
Afternoon tea
Entrance ticket for Buckingham Palace
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities

Departure Point

Duke of York Column, St. James's, London SW1Y 5AJ, UK

Return Details

Buckingham Gate, Westminster, London, UK
Greet your guide at a central London location and take a picturesque stroll through St. James’s Park to Buckingham Palace, the magnificent official residence of Her Majesty the Queen. Stop in a prime position either along The Mall, by Horse Guards Parade or in front of the palace to behold the Changing of the Guard, a colorful and traditional ceremony that combines vibrantly dressed soldiers and rhythmic drum beats.

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 a fascinating discovery of the luxurious chambers; marvel at opulent accessories like suspended chandeliers, classic artworks, and sumptuous furniture as you explore the gorgeous State Apartments.

When your tour of Buckingham Palace concludes, head to an elegant venue to pleasure your palate to an enticing array known as afternoon tea. Indulge in this 18th-century tradition in the elegant surroundings of your hotel dining area and enjoy scones smothered with sweet preserves and thick clotted cream, and dainty finger sandwiches filled with fine ingredients.

Bid your guide farewell inside the hotel, where the tour concludes. 

Please note: if there is heavy rain on the day of your tour, the Changing of the Guard ceremony is replaced with a visit to the Guard’s Chapel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
St. James's Park
Greet your guide at a central London location and take a picturesque stroll through St James’s Park to Buckingham Palace, the magnificent official residence of Her Majesty the Queen.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall
Stop in a prime position either along The Mall, by Horse Guards Parade or in front of the palace to behold the Changing of the Guard, a colorful and traditional ceremony that combines vibrantly dressed soldiers and rhythmic drum beats.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Changing of the Guard
Stop in a prime position either along The Mall, by Horse Guards Parade or in front of the palace to behold the Changing of the Guard, a colorful and traditional ceremony that combines vibrantly dressed soldiers and rhythmic drum beats. Please note: if there is heavy rain on the day of your tour, the Changing of the Guard ceremony will be replaced with a visit to the Guard’s Chapel.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Buckingham Palace
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 a fascinating discovery of the luxurious chambers; marvel at opulent accessories like suspended chandeliers, classic artworks and sumptuous furniture as you explore the gorgeous State Apartments. When your tour of Buckingham Palace concludes, head to an elegant venue to pleasure your palate to an enticing array known as afternoon tea. Indulge in this 18th-century tradition in the elegant surroundings of your hotel dining area and enjoy scones smothered with sweet preserves and thick clotted cream, and dainty finger sandwiches filled with fine ingredients. Bid your guide farewell inside the hotel, where the tour concludes.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair/stroller accessible
  • Unable to accommodated strollers and baby carriages
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Please note: Changing of the Guard will not operate in heavy rain and on occasional Sundays the changing of the guards may be rescheduled to early morning, this will be replaced with an extended walking tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • 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 Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony & Afternoon Tea?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Buckingham Palace is open to the public only a few months a year." See review
  • "This is all done within proximity of St. James Park but is essentially 2 hours on your feet." See review

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Buckingham Palace Tour with Tea
gr8wahine
, Sep 2019
I've been to London many times but never able to catch this tour. We were lucky enough to book this time and SO happy we did. From start to finish, superb tour and tour guide, Michael. What a pleasure to have him for the day. He is AMAZING!!! Took good care of us and so freaking knowledgeable! We scored on tour guides!!! Inside palace was phenomenal and such a pleasure. Afternoon tea...well, it blew me away. Fabulous tour and day I will never forget.
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Wonderful Day!
carmeladiblasi
, Sep 2019
Great tour, Marnie was amazing, she knows her facts and made it really lots of fun. LOVED every moment.
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BOOK THIS TOUR NOW!
AmyESVA
, Sep 2019
What an incredibly fun and informative tour! Nathan was amazing and brought history with humor together to create a fun experience. He knew all the right places to stand to get the best views of the changing of the guards, the band, etc. which resulted in amazing photo opportunities. I was disappointed the tea wasn't at Buckingham Palace, however we went to a charming and beautiful hotel "just around the corner" so it turned out perfectly. Absolutely hands down worth the money and I would do it again.
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Family trip
dladuron
, Sep 2019
Enjoyed viewing the palace. Posted staff were friendly and very knowledgeable. Really enjoyed having a snack at the end of the tour in the grounds garden.
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Great Experience!
sallyn313
, Aug 2019
What a wonderful experience! Sure, there were crowds and security was tight, but overall I would recommend this trip. Our tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable and the afternoon tea at the St. Ermin's hotel was delicious!
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A Day with Jennifer at Buckingham Palace and Tea
Heather E
, Aug 2019
Jennifer was an absolute delight. She knew her way around Buckingham Palace and the surrounding areas, was full of stories and details ( I learned so much!) and cared about her tour. She was very vigilant; when we encountered a hiccup with a missing party member, she calmly took charge, made queries and recommendations, and handled their 3 year old while they tracked down the grand mother who wandered. She did all this while keeping the tour flowing and on time. She was upbeat and positive and I would recommend her to any party - such a lovely young lady!
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walking tour
lindajeanp
, Aug 2019
Would have appreciated an overview of the tour with timelines - it was very confusing for the large group -
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A terrific experience
ronaldlA3805WH
, Aug 2019
The tour started with the Changing of the Guards. Michael, our guide, showed us the best vantage points for a great view. He was fun, very interactive and had facts and anecdotes for every step of the tour. The audio guided tour of the Palace was amazing. Afternoon tea at St. Ermins was a great end to the tour.
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Thrilling
698ValerieB
, Aug 2019
Marni our guide was enthusiastic and informative. We saw changing of guard starting at Horse Guards. What pageantry! Horses and men in beautiful red uniforms. Then walked through park to palace where she positioned us to see the band coming straight at us. Great photos. Palace is fabulous — must see! Long walk to tea so sone took a cab and we all met at very old, interesting hotel. Beautiful afternoon tea. Wonderful day we’ll never forget.
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Good time but got confused and missed the tea
Cruiser704031
, Jul 2019
We enjoyed everything and went to wrong meeting place after tour before tea to meet up for tea. No place to call to recover. Left message but too late Later corporate for tour people called back and basically said should have paid better attention. I was nice and said yes I guess so but thought if I were going to call with that attitude, I wouldn’t have called. Usually the people that Viator chose are a good group and we have been on tours before and not had a problem. So something went amiss and there was no vehicle available to contact anyone. And the back office could care less. So who knows

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