Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

4.82 39 Reviews
1.5 h.
Meeting Point
Duke of York Column
Start Time
Operating Days
per adult

Tour Highlights

  • Experience the Changing of the Guard
  • See the Mall, St. James's Palace/Horse Guards Parade, St. James's Park and Buckingham Palace
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 15 people or fewer
  • Headsets when appropriate, so that you can always hear your guide


Embark on this unforgettable stroll covering the quintessential Changing of the Guard with plenty of enlightening commentary on its time-honored significance. Follow your expert guide as you witness the pageant from beginning to end with stops at the most important points of interest.
Parade of Changing of the Guard

Live 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.

Buckingham Palace's Guards

Benefit from an Expert Local Guide

Your guide will be full of enthusiasm, making sure you experience the show from beginning to end. Hear enriching stories and don't miss out on being at the right spot at the right time for the best views and photo ops.

People looking at the March of the Guards

Small Groups for an Intimate Experience

Group size is capped at just 15 people, meaning that you will enjoy the pageantry without feeling herded among the crowds. This is the only way to see it!

Tour Description

See British tradition come to life on this fully-guided Changing of the Guard tour that ensures you get the very best views of this spectacular ceremony. Don’t make the same mistake that so many visitors often and understandably make, thinking the prime vantage point from where to experience this time-honored tradition is outside Buckingham Palace. These spectators’ enthusiasm quickly turns to disappointment when they realize that they have waited for hours only to see the very end of this unique performance, their view often blocked by the throngs of people crowding around them.

On this walking tour you'll follow your City Wonders guide on a dynamic journey that takes in the entire Changing of the Guard from beginning to end as they expertly navigate the crowds to take you to the best – and most photographable – viewpoints.

With an expert on the history of this fascinating ceremony by your side their knowledge will give you invaluable insight into every detail of this British spectacle. With your own personal headset allowing you to easily follow your guide’s entertaining commentary, you can fully take in the splendor parading past you.

Marvel at the precision with which the Queen’s Foot Guards march to Buckingham Palace, clad in their iconic red tunics and bearskin hats, or admire the gleaming coats of the Household Cavalry’s horses as they emerge at Horse Guard’s Parade. With a small group of only 15 people or fewer you will be able to move quickly from vantage point to vantage point, your guide pointing out interesting details while you take as many photos as you wish.

Join City Wonders on this exciting journey through British tradition and pageantry that doesn’t just show you the Changing of the Guard, but unveils it as never before.


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What's Included

  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 15 people or fewer
  • Headsets when appropriate, so that you can always hear your guide

Sites Visited

  • The Mall
  • St James's Palace/Horse Guards Parade
  • St James's Park
  • Buckingham Palace

Important Notes

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.

Please note that the changing of the guard schedule may change and on different dates we will see either footguards or horseguards


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