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  1. United Kingdom
  2. South East England
  3. London
  4. Buckingham Palace

London: The Changing of the Guard Experience

Product ID: 195008
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Buckingham Palace is a must-see when visiting London. Accompanied by a local guide, you will have the opportunity to see the changing of the royal guard in front of the palace doors. This is a world-famous spectacle, truly authentic to the city of London.
About this activity
Duration 2 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Learn everything you need to know about the tradition of the changing of the guards
  • Discover the best place to watch the changing of the guards
  • Experience a London tradition with a local guide
Full description
The changing of the guards is definitely something that should be experienced when visiting London. On this tour, your guide will explain to you how the changing of the guard, also known as "Guard Mounting", has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in London.

You will see how the soldiers in place are “relieved” of their position in a very particular way, while accompanied by a military fanfare. The soldiers have protected the King or Queen of England since the reign of Henry VII, who established the Royal Body Guard as a permanent institution. The tradition has since continued for more than 500 years.

All of the guards are dressed in a traditional red tunic partnered with an easily recognizable bearskin helmet. The music that accompanies the changing of the guard can be either military or more contemporary, an attraction that is not to be missed.

Includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Headsets when appropriate
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet your guide by the Statue of the Goddess Diana: just outside Green Park Tube station (Piccadilly South Side Exit). On the left side there is a wooden food stall.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Dates and times can change, sometimes at short notice (when the guards are required for operational or other ceremonial duties, and as a result of road closures)
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based on 102 reviews
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Universal Tour Guide London

Product ID: 195008