Buckingham Palace State Rooms Tour with Changing of the Guard

Buckingham Palace State Rooms Tour with Changing of the Guard

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2.5 h.
Meeting Point
Duke of York Column
Start Time
10:00 & 10:30
Operating Days
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Tour Highlights

  • Rare visit to the State Rooms 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


No vacation to London is complete without the Changing of the Guard and experiencing Buckingham Palace. This rare opportunity comes once per year, from late July to early October. Enjoy timed entry to the palace, the best vantage points and an expert local guide with stories only a Londoner would know.
Blue Drawing Room

Go Inside 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.

Parade of Changing of the Guard

See the Changing of the Guard

Plumed in feathered helmets or 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.

Mall Street Flags

Stroll the Mall

Lined with towering trees and Union Jack flags, 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.

Tour Description

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.

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. View our wide range of Buckingham Palace Tours.

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What's Included

  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 25 people or fewer
  • Entrance ticket for Buckingham Palace
  • Headsets when appropriate, so that you can always hear your guide

Sites Visited

  • Buckingham Palace (inside)
  • Horse Guards Parade
  • St James’s Park

Important Notes

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.


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