Buckingham Palace and Changing of the Guard

No vacation to London is complete without the Changing of the Guard and taking a glimpse into the lives of the Royal Family. This rare opportunity at Buckingham Palace only comes once per year, stretching from late July to early October. We've secured both for you with timed entry to the palace, the best vantage points and an expert local guide with the enchanting stories only a true Londoner would know.


2.5 Hours

Operating Days

Operating Days
Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat

Start Time

Start Time
10:45 (Mon to Sat) & 10:00 (Sun)

Meeting Point

Meeting Point
Duke of York Column
Details at Booking

Tour inclusions: you get all of this

  • Rare visit to the State Apartments at Buckingham Palace, only open to the public from late July to early October
  • Guaranteed timed entry so you don't waste time in line
  • See the traditional Changing of the Guard ceremony
  • Small groups of just 25 people or fewer
  • Audio headsets when appropriate

What makes this tour special?

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 Apartments 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.

Immerse yourself in London’s most popular, time-honored and absolutely cherished traditions as only City Wonders can deliver on our Buckingham Palace Tour including the Changing of the Guard.

*Depending on the day you will see either the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace or Horse Guards Parade. On some occasions, the Changing of the Guard may be cancelled at short notice.

*Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' access.

Buckingham Palace

Originally named Buckingham House, this is the royal residence of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. Only open for two short months per year, enjoy the lavish and opulent furniture, décor and art of the home of the world’s most famous monarch.

Changing of the Guard

Plumed in feathered helmets and donning bearskin hats, this tradition celebrates the cavalry and infantry soldiers charged with guarding the UK’s royal residence. A ceremony that is as beautiful as it is meaningful.

The Mall

Lined with towering trees and the United Kingdom’s Royal Union Flag, this stately street runs from Trafalgar Square at its eastern end to Buckingham Palace at its western end. Closed to traffic on Sundays and public holidays, it is the site of many ceremonial occasions.

Last 5 Reviews out of 59 Reviews

RALF 05 November 2016
Amber was a super guide. She imparted living historie. Very friendly, lively, funny.

KAREN 05 October 2016
David was awesome, the tour was great and I would highly recommend it to everyone.

HUMERA 04 October 2016
Our guide was electric! Absolutely fantastic! She not only navigated us through the tour with precision but also enlightened us with historical info in such an amusing way that we thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. Danielle rocks!

ELIZABETH 04 October 2016
Our tour guide Josh was great

KEVIN 27 September 2016
Amber was terrific and made the walk around the various castles a lot of fun. In particular, her interactive explanation of the complexities of Henry VIII and his wives and children and successors was a great fun and very informative.

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