March with the Guards: Changing of the Guard Tour & Buckingham Palace

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1 hr 30 min

Max 20

Why take this tour?

Follow the Queen’s Foot Guards around Buckingham Palace during the Changing of the Guard on this local-led tour that takes in not one but two separate ceremonies from four different locations. Ideal for those who want to understand more about a quintessentially English event, on this tour you’ll discover the significance of the military symbols and traditions packed into every facet of what they do.

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Experience two separate Changing of the Guards ceremonies (one with horses!) from four different vantage points
  • Created with Sketch.Visit St. James’s Park, and see Buckingham Palace, St. James’s Palace and Clarence House (home of Prince Charles)
  • Created with Sketch.Learn more about the British royals and the people who serve at their pleasure with insights from your local guide

Survey the ceremonies from special vantage points

As the people begin to jostle in front of Buckingham Palace, our Changing of the Guard tour takes you away from the crowds and over to St. James’s Palace to witness the guards preparing to make their famous march.

Believe it or not, it’s not all for show; these are real soldiers with real weapons carrying out their daily duty of protecting the Palace. We’ll talk about what their duties include and the significance of their highly-symbolic uniforms.

As they leave, we’ll march alongside them, then head over to a special vantage point near the Wellington Barracks - home to all the Foot Guard’s Bands - that lets us get as close as possibl...

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As the people begin to jostle in front of Buckingham Palace, our Changing of the Guard tour takes you away from the crowds and over to St. James’s Palace to witness the guards preparing to make their famous march.

Believe it or not, it’s not all for show; these are real soldiers with real weapons carrying out their daily duty of protecting the Palace. We’ll talk about what their duties include and the significance of their highly-symbolic uniforms.

As they leave, we’ll march alongside them, then head over to a special vantage point near the Wellington Barracks - home to all the Foot Guard’s Bands - that lets us get as close as possible to the action.

Unlike most Changing of the Guard tours, we don’t finish here. Instead, we stroll across St. James’s Park and learn about the history of this royal green space which is among the most famous of the green spaces that cover nearly 47% of greater London.

Arriving at the Horse Guards Parade, we’ll watch the equally-impressive, but often overlooked Changing of the Queen’s Life Guard, which features mounted, armor-clad soldiers and their immaculately groomed steeds.

  • Sites Visited
  • St. James’s Park
  • Buckingham Palace (outside)
  • St. James’s Palace (outside)
  • Clarence House (outside)
  • Tour Includes
  • Walks guide
You'll also see the Changing of the Guard at the Horse Guards Parade
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Fantastic tour and a very creative way to see the changing of the guard. Ben was awesome at delivering history and anecdotes, and knew the best spots for guard sighting. Highly recommended!

Gareth is a great raconteur and enthralling guide!