Buckingham Palace skip-the-line tour with Changing of the Guard
Excursions & day trips

Buckingham Palace skip-the-line tour with Changing of the Guard

4.6/5
Excellent
Based on 75 reviews
from
£64.00
Free cancellation
Language: English
Availability: Daily
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 2 hours 45 minutes
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Experience the Changing of the Guard from a great viewpoint
  • Listen to your guide's live commentary of the ceremony
  • Enter Buckingham Palace immediately with pre-booked tickets
  • Explore the State Rooms with an audioguide
What to expect

Get the royal treatment in London with a narrated viewing of the Changing of the Guard and a visit to Buckingham Palace.

You’ll meet your guide and be taken to an area with a prime view of the Changing of the Guard. This colorful ceremony is one of the oldest traditions at the Palace, with red tunics, bearskin hats, and occasionally pop music.

Please note that if you book on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday, enjoy the Household Cavalry change the guard at Horse Guards parade, with their unmistakeable silver plumed helmets and mounted on their magnificent horses.

Afterwards, your guide will take a moment to describe the history of Buckingham Palace before sending you right in. Traditionally, guides are not allowed to speak inside, so you will receive an official audioguide. You’ll be able to explore this royal home at your own pace. Take the time to admire the world-famous artwork and furnishings. With 19 State Rooms, a ballroom, and the throne room, you’re sure to see impressive elements of the Royal Collection. It’s a regal experience you won’t want to miss.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitised between use
  • What's included
    • Pre-booked admission to Buckingham Palace
    • Changing of the Guard (weather permitting)
    • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
    • Headsets, when necessary
    What's not included
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Food and beverages
    Where

    9 Carlton House Terrace, St. James's, London SW1Y 5AJ, UK

    Meeting point:
    Please meet by the Duke of York column at Waterloo Place. This is the tall column with the statue on top. If you are arriving by tube, take the tube to Piccadilly Circus and take exit No. 3 onto Regent Street/St James. Walk south down Regent Street towards St James Park (do not walk north towards Oxford Street). Waterloo Place is at the end of Regent Street. You will see the tall column with a statue on top. If you arrive into Charing Cross Station, walk down the Mall towards Buckingham Palace. You will see the statue on your right at the top of some steps. The tour will end inside Buckingham Palace.
    What to remember
    • Please be aware that in heavy rain the Changing of the Guard will not take place
      • Government-imposed COVID restrictions for entering countries and venues (e.g. booster shot, negative COVID test, vaccine certificate, wearing a mask) may change with little notice.

      • It is the responsibility of all visitors to ensure they check the official travel advice on the government websites

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

    • Please note that the changing of the guard schedule may change and on different dates we will see either footguards or horseguards.
    • This tour is unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. It is also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages
    • Photography is not permitted within Buckingham Palace but is allowed within the gardens
    • This is a tour that involves a reasonable amount of walking. For this reason, comfortable shoes are recommended for all guests

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    Provider
    City Wonders
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.

    What people say about this experience

    Excellent

    4.6/5

    Based on 75 reviews from verified customers

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    • Anonymous

      From Egypt - September 2022

      Excellent

      Overall rated

      5/5

      It was very nice and the guide was clever Yet, I just thought we would actually be able to watch the Changing of the Guards more closer to the gate! ...

    • Anonymous

      From Austria - August 2022

      Excellent

      Overall rated

      5/5

      Es war ein tolles Erlebnis !!! Jederzeit wieder !!

    • Anonymous

      From Venezuela - August 2022

      Great

      Overall rated

      4/5

    • Anonymous

      From France - August 2022

      Average

      Overall rated

      3/5

      Dommage qu'à notre époque, on ne puisse pas avoir un lien sur notre téléphone pour avoir ce que dit la guide lors de la visite extérieure en français ...

    • Anonymous

      From United States of America - August 2022

      Excellent

      Overall rated

      5/5

      Sandy was a great guide! The tour was entertaining and informative!

    • Anonymous

      From Argentina - August 2022

      Excellent

      Overall rated

      5/5

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