Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace and Changing the Guard

Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace and Changing the Guard

5 3 Reviews
2.5 h.
Meeting Point
Duke of York column at Waterloo Place
Start Time
10:00 & 10:30
Operating Days
sun, wed, fri
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Tour Highlights

  • Tour the Royal Mews State Stables at Buckingham Palace, one of the world's oldest working stables.
  • Fully guided royal journey through St James Park pointing out royal residences and landmarks on the way
  • Secure the best spot for a front row view of Changing the Guards ceremonies
  • Enjoy interactive displays, the day to day of a working royal stable and an official multimedia guide with lively commentary
  • A passionate local guide taking care of everything throughout your tour


New in 2018! Take a tour of the Royal Mews State Stables at Buckingham Palace, one of the world's oldest working stables and the hub for all the comings and goings of the royal family and their household. From horses to carriages you'll see it all and complete your royal London experience with a front row spot for the exhilarating Changing the Guard.
Golden Royal Carriage

Wave like a Queen or walk Like a Royal Footman

Visit the Royal family’s stables and coaches including Diamond Jubilee State Coach and The Golden State Coach and try on the Royal Liveries worn by Royal Footman.

The Royal Changing of the Guard

Experience one of the most iconic London Traditions

Enjoy a front row seat at the Changing the Guard Ceremony

St James’s Park in a sunny morning day

Stroll through the oldest Royal Park in London

Walk through St James’s Park where your guide will tell you of its colorful history and intriguing myths

Tour Description

No visit to London is complete without taking in some iconic British traditions: Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace, a guided walk through the regal St James Park and a rare glimpse into the working lives of the royal household at the State Stables, The Royal Mews.

Begin your day with a stroll through St James Park where your guide will reveal the fascinating history of the park, share stories of the royal residences along the way and give you time to take in the amazing floral displays, the lazy river winding it's way to the palace, and you may even spot the Queen's very own pair of Black Swans. Originally bought by Henry VII to build York Palace, this beautiful park was once marshland. 

Your tour through the Park will bring you to the front of Buckingham Palace just in time to witness the exciting Changing the Guard ceremony. Our guides know exactly when and where to be so you get up close to the sound of the horse’s hooves and the calling of the guards as they carry out the world-famous ceremony – where the Queen’s easy-to-spot Foot Guards, with their red tunics and unmistakable bearskin hats, march to Buckingham Palace together with the military band or where the Household Cavalry Change the Guard at Horse Guard's Parade.

Next, we'll take you to Buckingham Palace's Royal Mews State Stables. You'll see horses, carriages, golden coaches and even the modern day transports used to get the royal family where they need to be. With all these horses changing guard every day, the mews is a busy place, and our tour gets you right in the center of all that action, while also giving you the opportunity to appreciate the long history and tradition behind the world's most iconic monarchy.

Put yourself in the picture with interactive displays and an official multimedia guide at your disposal providing a lively insight into daily life at the mews from the staff and some exclusive audio snippets from members of the royal family. You'll visit State Stable room where you can admire the royal uniforms and play dress up in specially-created livery and a replica coach to sit and practice your royal wave in, a picture perfect moment.

This is a unique opportunity to see the famous Diamond Jubilee Coach and the Gold State Coach. And for the animal lovers, you'll delight at the chance to get close to the magnificent Windsor Grey and Cleveland Bay horses that live at the stables, if you're lucky you may even see the horses out on training parade.

Immerse yourself in London’s most cherished traditions with the knowledge and expertise of a local guide on our The Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace Tour with Changing the Guards

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What's Included

  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 25 people or fewer
  • Entrance Ticket and multimedia-guided visit of The Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace
  • Headsets when appropriate, so that you can always hear your guide

Sites Visited

  • The Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace (inside)
  • The Mall
  • St James’s Palace/Horse Guards Parade
  • St James’s Park

Important Notes

Changing the Guard will not operate in rain and will be replaced with an extended walking tour. On occasional Sundays the changing the guards may be rescheduled to early morning, meaning that we will not be able to see it.


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