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Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony

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Experience London’s royal heritage and pageantry on a 2.5-hour experience that combines a visit to Buckingham Palace with the Changing of the Guard. Enjoy the colorful spectacle of the Changing of the Guard ceremony, and then enter the magnificent palace with a tour host for an independent audio tour of the State Rooms, an experience only available for two months of the year. Admire the lavish rooms that are used by the royals for State and ceremonial events, as you discover the palace’s history from the audio guide.

Please note: Buckingham Palace is only open to the public for approx. eight weeks each year. Tickets sell out fast, so book now to avoid disappointment
You'll start at
Duke of York Column
St. James's, London SW1Y 5AJ, UKBy the Duke of York Column, Waterloo Place, 9 Carlton Terrace, London SW1Y 5AJ. This is the tall column with a statue on top.
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    St. James's Park
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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  • 2
    Changing of the Guard
    Stop: 30 minutes -
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  • 3
    Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall
    Stop: 30 minutes -
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  • 4
    Buckingham Palace
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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You'll end at
Spur Road
Spur Rd, London SW1A 1AA, UKInside Buckingham Palace
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  • Guaranteed admission to Buckingham Palace, only open two months each year
  • Explore the palace’s State Rooms on an audio tour
  • Guide knows the best spots to watch the Changing of the Guard
  • Tour begins with a stroll through one of London's eight Royal Parks
What to Expect
Meet your guide at a central London location before strolling through St. James’s Park—one of the capital’s eight Royal Parks—to get to Buckingham Palace. You’ll experience the palace at its liveliest with the Changing of the Guard, a traditional ceremony that sees guards wearing red jackets and bearskin hats on the march, accompanied by a military band. Or, on days when the ceremony isn’t held, learn about Buckingham Palace’s history and intrigue on a walking tour. Next, guaranteed admission means you’ll have the rare chance to enter Buckingham Palace, which is only open to the public two months each year (and which always sells out). Plug in your audio guide and see the palace’s sumptuous State Rooms—used today for royal events—up close. Your tour concludes at the palace gates.
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Departure Point
Duke of York Column, St. James's, London SW1Y 5AJ, UK
2h 45m
Return Details
Spur Road, Spur Rd, London SW1A 1AA, UK
  • Professional host
  • Audio guide for Buckingham Palace
  • Changing of the Guard ceremony
  • Headsets when appropriate so you can always hear your guide
  • Entry/Admission - Buckingham Palace
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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.
  • On occasional Sundays may be rescheduled to early morning, this will then be replaced with an extended walking tour.
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Buckingham Palace, London, UK :- This is the London residence and administrative headquarters of the monarch of the United Kingdom. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is often at the centre of state occasions and royal hospitality. It has been a focal point for the
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knowledge and helpful tour guide, getting inside to see the palace without waiting in long lines was awesome, took time to enjoy pastries and refreshments after the guided tour of the palace. The history and artworks were amazing. We were lucky to see events from several
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We were very happy with the Warner Brother Harry Potter studios Tour with City Wonders and hoped we would get a similar experience at the Buckingham Palace. Unfortunately the Buckingham Palace offered only audio guides (headset with a small machine that hangs round your neck)
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It was an amazing trip. We were glad we got to see this historical location and the change of guards. My wife and I enjoyed every bit of it. Glad it was NOT raining that day, otherwise it would have been miserable.
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Had a lovely tour! Marney was great and had a lot of the behind the scenes access and knew exactly when to move the group so that we’d get the best view and pictures. She had a great attitude and was an awesome tour guide. Buckingham Palace was gorgeous and there was a lot of
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  • Duration: 2h 45m
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  • Languages Offered: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
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