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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
Private Tower of London Opening Ceremony with Changing of The Guard and Cruise
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$79.43 per adult
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Great tour, fantastic tour guide!
I had no idea how thorough and interesting this tour would be. Our tour guide, Georgie, was warm, fun and informed. The experience really made our whole London visit.
Amy_B, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in London

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The whole kit and caboodle
Victor_B, Nov 2021
Changing of the Guard Small-Group Walking Tour
Wonderful tour. Richard was extremely knowledgeable about the changing of the guard ritual and English history in general. We enjoyed seeing the different aspects of the ritual vice standing in front of Buckingham Palace and viewing just one aspect of thus complex ceremony. Richard also gave us a great lunch place recommendation at the end of the tour.
star-5
A wonderful experience!
Kayla_P, Nov 2021
Changing of the Guard Small-Group Walking Tour
Wonderful walking tour with a truly awesome guide. Some days they have foot soldier and horse soldier change over. I suggest asking to make sure you can see both!
star-5
Perfect morning to start our London experience
Kristin_V, Nov 2021
Changing of the Guard Small-Group Walking Tour
David was entertaining, knowledgeable and attentive to our group. Well worth it!! David was willing to help with London tips.
star-4
Brilliant day out
Peter_K, Oct 2021
Changing of the Guard Walking Tour in London
Very enjoyable experience, Mike was brilliant very knowledgeable and took us to the best spots to see all we could without getting squashed in the crowds. Even kept 3 boys interested throughout.
star-5
Great Tower of London and much More
Maria_T, Oct 2021
Private Tower of London Opening Ceremony with Changing of The Guard and Cruise
Great tour very informative Mike absolutely great I highly recommend it To all my friends and family
star-5
Our guide, Frank was very...
John_W, Oct 2021
Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade
Our guide, Frank was very funny, personable and knowledgeable. Our driver Andre was very friendly and professional.
star-5
Great way to start a trip to London!
Gretchen_M, Oct 2021
Private Tower of London Opening Ceremony with Changing of The Guard and Cruise
Michael gave a fabulous tour- so much information!! Tower of London with the private opening was great! A definite must! Loved the cruise and the overall review of must sees. A great way to start a trip to London!
star-5
#DaniRules
Jennifer_C, Oct 2021
Changing of the Guard Guided Walking Tour in London
Tour Guide Dani went above and beyond, even going so far as to help me get on The Tube after the tour had ended. She was full of knowledge and contagious excitement. #DaniRules
star-5
Great Walk and Guide!
Sarah_N, Sep 2021
Changing of the Guard Small-Group Walking Tour
Everything promised and beautiful weather as well. Perfectly timed to capture the changing of the guard and then a lovely walk through St. James Park onto Buckingham Palace where we arrived in time to see the guards march out of the Palace with the band playing. Guide was great and was very knowledgeable. I would thoroughly recommend.
star-5
Fantastic
sean_c, Sep 2021
March with the Guards: Changing of the Guard Tour
Jeremy was very informative, engaging and knowledgeable. We learnt so much. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour, highly recommended, thank you.
star-5
Definitely book when visiting London
Hayley_W, Sep 2021
Changing of the Guard Walking Tour in London
Our tour guide Mike was a lovely, enthusiastic guy. He was full of knowledge, making the tour exciting, really interesting and an overall great experience. I would definitely recommend this tour for all ages and would be interested in experiencing other tours with this company.
star-5
Fun at the Changing of the Guard.
Ron_I, Sep 2021
Changing of the Guard Guided Walking Tour in London
Matt was an excellent tour guid - full of information and stories that brought the entire experience to life.

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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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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