See this most British of traditions from start to finish with a guided tour, a spectacular ceremony sure to be a highlight on your trip to London.
Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace
There are a few things that are naturally associated with Britain and Britishness. Afternoon tea, grey skies and the stiff upper lip... and the Changing of the Guard of course! There are few more distinctive sights than the Queen's Guards, whose red uniform and tall bearskin hats are so well known that they've become a symbol of Britain itself.
The Changing of the Guard is the moment, filled with pomp and ceremony, when one shift guarding Buckingham Palace relieves the other. The change includes tightly choreographed marching, with the band of the Grenadier Guards in step, adding a sense of occasion to the ceremony with their bombastic mix of horns and drumming.
And while masses of tourists make the mistake of gathering at the gates of Buckingham Palace, only catching the very end of the ceremony, you'll be accompanied by an expert guide. You'll be taken around the very best viewpoints to see the changing of the guard from start to finish, and will enjoy your guide's commentary: digging into the history and significance of everything from the uniforms to the choreography.
The Changing of the Guard ceremony is subject to change and cancellation by the British authorities - often due to large public events in London's city centre. If the change is affected by wet weather, cancellation is not announced until 11 am. However even when it is cancelled due to bad weather, there will still be a 'wet change' without the band and with less ceremony.
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Changing of the Guard
Children 4-12 years oldUS$ 17
Children under 4Free
1 hour 30 mins
The tour is exclusively in English.
Expert local guide.
Small groups of 15 or fewer.
Headsets when needed to listen to your guide.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
If there are still places available, you can book until the previous day (local time in London).
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
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