Guided tour

London: Changing of the Guard & Westminster Walking Tour

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Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd. UK
Guided tour

London: Changing of the Guard & Westminster Walking Tour

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd. UK

From US$ 35.46 per person


See British tradition come to life on this guided Changing of the Guard and city of Westminster walking tour. Experience two iconic London landmarks combined in one morning with a local guide.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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  • Explore the city of Westminster and witness the Changing of the Guard
  • Take a guided walk through Horse Guards Parade to Buckingham Palace
  • See the Changing of the Guard, a British tradition of pomp and pageantry
  • Admire the stunning architecture of Westminster Abbey from the outside
  • Learn curious fact about these top attractions from your guide as you walk
Full description
Start your group walking tour with the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Then, continue your tour towards Buckingham Palace, residence of many members of the British Monarchy. Follow your guide on a crash course in British royal and democratic history by visiting the most important part of London, Westminster City. You’ll take in classic London sites such as 10 Downing Street, Whitehall, the Houses of Parliament, and Big Ben and hear about its construction and how the modern work will safeguard the 167-year-old tower. Greeting you in Parliament Square is Winston Churchill, and you’ll stroll around to meet other famous members of parliament and lawmakers. Hear their stories and learn why they have been honored with a statue in this prominent place. Finish your tour outside the iconic Westminster Abbey where royal weddings and coronations have taken place since 960AD. You’ll see the Jewel Tower and hear about the old Palace of Westminster, where Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators tried to blow up Parliament, and how he saw his end in Old Palace Yard. See the statue of Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst and hear how one determined woman spent the night in order to be counted as living in the building. See the famous balcony where the royal family appears during major events, and hear stories of intruders and princes scaling the walls both to get inside and out!
  • Guide
  • Walking tour
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop off
  • Food and beverages
  • Admission tickets to the attractions
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Duke of York column at Waterloo Place. Meeting Point Details: 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. At the meeting point, your guide will be holding a City Wonders sign with the name of the tour for easy recognition. 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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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Walking frames

Know before you go

  • 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 the morning of the ceremony. Even when canceled, customers will still see a ‘wet change’ during which the guards march but without the usual music and parade.
  • The schedule may change and on different dates, you'll see either footguards or horse guards (on Tuesday and Thursday, you’ll experience the change of the Household Cavalry)
  • Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated and missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded
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based on 89 reviews

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Ian was a fantastic tour guide - he had great historical knowledge and stories, and prioritized getting our group to the best possible locations to view the changing of the guard and other crowded areas. He was great about accommodating everyone’s needs. Absolutely a great way to get an introduction to London.

March 25, 2023

Today I had the pleasure of touring with Michael. He was funny, knowledgeable, WELL travelled, and very personable. As a Los Angeles native, I look for sunshine everywhere… and Michael definitely brought the sunshine with his witty spirit and comforting patience with me and the group. We saw not one but THREE changing of the guard ceremonies (you’ll have to book with him to find out which ones ;)) AND he shared more than what was expected such as delicious Fish & Chip shops in the area, unknown historical facts and funnies, and the best views that are exempt from the back of other tourists’ heads! Thank you Michael for a memorable experience and a wonderful Fish & Chip recommendation :)

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March 25, 2023

Our tour guide was an enthusiastic local who knew a staggering amount of information about London. We saw so much in one tour, it saved us from having to book several separate tours to cover the ground we wanted to see. There was a significant amount of walking on the tour but part of that involves walking through St. James park which was delightful. CityWonders tour guides are knowledgeable and well trained, I highly recommend this particular tour.

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March 25, 2023

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