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Changing of the Guard Small-Group Walking Tour provided by City Wonders

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Changing of the Guard Small-Group Walking Tour

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Overview
The Changing of the Guard is a London tradition that is a must-see for first-time visitors. Watch hundreds of years of British history come to life during a walking tour that stops outside of Buckingham Palace to witness the pomp and pageantry of the performance. Plus, receive personalized attention in a small-group limited to 15.
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Duke of York Column
St. James's, London SW1Y 5AJ, UKMeeting Point: By the Duke of York Column, Waterloo Place, 9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AJ. This is the tall column with a statue on top. Arriving by tube: Take the tube to Piccadilly Circus and take exit No. 3 onto Regent Street/St James's. Walk south down Regent Street towards St James's 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. You can also arrive via Charing Cross Station. Walk down the Mall towards Buckingham Palace, you will see the statue on your right at the top of some steps.
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    Changing of the Guard
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    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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    Pass by Buckingham Palace
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Spur Road
Spur Rd, London SW1A 1AA, UKOutside Buckingham Palace
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Highlights
  • Experience the pomp and pageantry of the Changing of the Guard ceremony on a walking tour
  • Watch the ceremony from a specially-selected vantage point
  • Hear your guide clearly with a personal headset
  • Navigate the crowds outside the palace with ease alongside a guide
Important Information
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
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
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Additional Info
  • 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
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Thefourbatemans wrote a review Feb. 2020
Layton, Utah26 contributions3 helpful votes
Our guide was fantastic! This was our favorite part of our trip to the UK. We were able to see everything so close and the historic storytelling was great!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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damaya19 wrote a review Feb. 2020
3 contributions2 helpful votes
This changing of the guard tour was really awesome! Our tour guide was very nice and they provided a radio and earphones so we wouldn’t have any issues hearing our tour guide during the walk and presentation. We did this tour during the winter so I imagine the crowds were
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Date of experience: January 2020
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nicoleyi wrote a review Feb. 2020
Paris, France3 contributions1 helpful vote
We could not have been happier with the tour and especially our tour guide, Frances. He was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Great Britain, the history of the Royal Family, and all of the statues and buildings along the way. He showed us the best spots to see the
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Jason wrote a review Jan. 2020
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Not sure what I expected going in, but I basically assumed we would be standing at the gates of the palace and watch the guard. Instead, we moved to 5+ locations around the palace and got to see the hour long process happen from different venues. At each location we learned more
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Date of experience: January 2020
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madh0ff wrote a review Jan. 2020
Cairns Region, Australia52 contributions10 helpful votes
Decided to do this tour before venturing inside Buckingham Palace as we wanted to see the changing the the guards. Our tour guide was very enthusiastic, informative & was always trying to get us the best vantage points. The small group size was great & made the tour more
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Date of experience: August 2019
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  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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