We begin with a world-famous ceremony and the oldest tradition at Buckingham Palace – the Changing of the Guard. Held either at the palace itself or at Horse Guards Parade, your expert local guide will navigate you through the crowds to a prime view spot of this time-honored ritual. Here you’ll be entertained with colorful commentary about the pageantry and history behind the ceremony of the Queen’s red tunic-wearing Foot Guards and their famous bearskin hats as they march with the military band or Household Calvary (depending on location). Note: this part of the tour is subject to weather.
Then on to Buckingham Palace, it looks like a grand bastion to the rest of us, but to Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, it’s home sweet home. Only open to visitors once a year for two short months, this is your rare opportunity to explore the State Rooms of the world’s most adored royal family. Get a glimpse into what life is like behind the locked gilded doors and stand in awe amongst the lavish rooms, glittering crystal chandeliers and opulent furnishings.
Due to the short period in which this tour is possible, tickets can be difficult to secure on your own, but with City Wonders, your entrance is pre-booked and access is guaranteed. We prearranged admission so you can spend more time appreciating the life of British royalty. Take time to appreciate some of the Royal Collection’s greatest treasures: Sèvres porcelain, the finest English and French furniture in the world, masterful paintings and ornate décor - many of which were gifts from Heads of State around the world and throughout the centuries.
The official Palace audio guide will introduce you to the history within the walls of Buckingham Palace and its treasured belongings. Though no local guides are allowed to speak inside the palace, your City Wonders expert will captivate you with stories of its most famous (and infamous) residents and colorful historical commentary about the life and traditions of the Royal Court before you set off to see it on your own.
Depending on the day you will see either the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace or Horse Guards Parade. The Changing of the Guard is subject to changes in date, time and cancellation at the discretion of British authorities. Cancellation due to bad weather is not announced before 11am. When this occurs, customers will still see a ‘wet change’ during which the guards march but without the usual music or parade. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' access.
Yes, your guide will escort you to the entrance, and then you will embark on a self-guided tour through the palace as per the venue rules. You will meet your guide again once you have finished.
Yes, you will use the official audio guides provided by Buckingham Palace at the point of entry and return them at the exit.
Buckingham Palace opens its doors to the public for only a few weeks each year, usually in August and September.
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