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Small-Group Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

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    What to Expect
    Your regal tour begins at the Duke of York Column, located in St. James’, where you’ll greet your guide, don a personal headset, and receive a historical overview of the Changing of the Guard ceremony.

    Many tourists make the mistake of viewing the ceremony outside of Buckingham Palace. However on this tour, handpicked vantage points ensure you get the best views of the royal tradition while listening to commentary that explains each part of the performance.

    Marvel at the shimmering coats of the household cavalry as their riders control the horses with expert precision; capture photographs of the iconic red and black attire of the Queen’s foot soldiers; and, move quickly between vantage points in a small group of only 15 people.

    Your tour concludes outside of Buckingham Palace.

    Please note: The Changing of the Guard ceremony 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. Even when cancelled, customers will still see a ‘wet change’ during which the guards march but without the usual music and parade.
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    Departure Point
    Duke of York Column, St. James's, London SW1Y 5AJ, UK
    Duration
    1h 30m
    Return Details
    Spur Road, Spur Rd, London SW1A 1AA, UK
    Inclusions
    • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
    • Small groups of 15 people or fewer
    • Headsets when appropriate
    • Entry/Admission - Changing of the Guard
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    • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • The Changing of the Guard ceremony 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. Even when cancelled, customers will still see a ‘wet change’ during which the guards march but without the usual music and parade.
    • Please note weather is very changeable in London, please ensure you have rainproof clothing
    • Please note that the changing of the guard schedule may change and on different dates we will see either footguards or horseguards
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 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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    Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

    We had a wonderful time!!! Our guide RICHARD made the 1.5 hours a highlight of our time in London. I visit frequently but decided to see this quintessential event. Though it was pouring rain he got us in a spot to see much more, much...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    1  Thank ChicagoSanDiego
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    We decided to see something inimitably British this time around and booked the Changing of the Guards walking tour. It was pouring rain but we were in heaven as our guide, the amazing, warm, informative and amusing RICHARD kept us not only entertained but in...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    1  Thank Mirrors1USA
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Got to see more than I ever expected. Tour guide was informative, giving a lot of historical background and personal humor.

    Date of experience: September 2019
    1  Thank MaryMDM
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    Phil was excellent - funny, calm, informative. He did a great job setting expectations and providing instructions of what was about to happen. It would have been challenging to know where to go and what was going on with the old guard and new guard,...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    1  Thank C A
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    Our tour guide, Rosie, was friendly and extremely knowledgeable. She kept the pace timely but comfortable for our small group. With the weather being questionable, Rosie arranged the tour so that we would maximize our experience whether the weather cooperated or not. (Happily, it did.)...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    1  Thank aloraloha
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    7 August 2019|
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    Response from CoffinCorner | Reviewed this property |
    Good question, not totally sure. But I will say this - the ceremony is much more than what happens just right in front of the palace. It begins down the road 30 minutes ahead of time and it's quite involved. So if you're... More
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    1 August 2019|
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    Response from Adventure756592 | Reviewed this property |
    After the guard change is a great time to stop for lunch and take a rest then head for the palace tour. You will be on your feet a lot.
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