• Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Delve into London’s rich royal heritage during a 2.5-hour visit to Buckingham Palace to see the Changing of the Guard Ceremony. Marvel at the traditional Changing of the Guard performance, which involves meticulously dressed soldiers marching to the rhythm of military drums. Then, enjoy an exclusive experience as you enter the opulent State Rooms of Buckingham Palace for an independent audio tour. See lavish chambers during a tour only available for two months of the year, and gain fascinating insight into the history of the British monarchy.


  • 2.5-hour Buckingham Palace tour including the Changing of the Guard ceremony, led by a tour host
  • Wander through St James’s Park and watch the famous Changing of the Guard
  • Explore the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, an experience only open to the public for two months of the year
  • Plug into an audio guide and learn about Queen Elizabeth II and the British Royal Family

What You Can Expect

Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony

Explore the State Rooms

Greet your courteous guide at a central London location and stroll through the verdant splendor of St. James’ Park to Buckingham Palace, the majestic official residence of Her Majesty the Queen. Stop at a prime position before the gates to behold the impressive Changing of the Guards Ceremony, a colorful and traditional performance that combines vibrantly dressed soldiers with rhythmic drum beats. 

See immaculately groomed horses and the beautifully dressed Household Cavalry canter across Horse Guards Parade, and then prepare to enter one of Britain’s most iconic cultural institutions. Listen to illuminating commentary from your guide as you stroll to the entrance of the regal residence, only open for two months of the year. 

Pop in your audio guide and embark on independent exploration of Queen Elizabeth II’s luxurious State Apartments. Delight in opulent ornaments like sparkling chandeliers, classic artworks and elegantly upholstered furniture as you discover the historical rooms. 

Return to the outside of Buckingham Palace and bid your guide farewell at this central location. 

Please note: If there is heavy rain — or if the Changing of the Guard is rescheduled to early morning (as on some Sundays) — the ceremony will be replaced with a walking tour.

Customer Reviews

stephen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Our guide, Andrew, was excellent, took us to the bet viewing areas to watch Guard Changes. Would recommend Andrew to lead this tour,

Marlene O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Our tour was through City Tours and our guide was Karen. She was fantastic... knowledgeable, funny and professional. She gave us a tour around the Palace grounds and made sure we had a great view to watch the changing of the guards, before making sure we were in the proper line to enter the palace (much shorter queue than buying your own ticket). Once inside, you're on your own for a self guided tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Our guide, Nathan, took care of us very well, explaining everything that was to happen and when, and arranging for us to be at the best location to see it. Not an easy thing to do when you are at the heart of a jam-packed event.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Marnie, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable on the walking tour around Buckinham Palace and throughout the changing of the guards ceremony. We loved going inside Buckingham Palace and the audio tour was well done. Security was not organized going in, but we were warned of that since it was the first day people could go in the palace this year.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

It rained so we did not get to see the changing of the guard but the tour was fantastic!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Must see!!! Only open to public for 2 months out of the year. Opulence at its finest.

Marguerite O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Our tour guide was outstanding, and he made sure we were in a very sweet spot to view the Changing of the guard ceremony!! The tour itself through Buckingham Palace was spectacular!! Highly recommend this tour!!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Our guide Sandy was so knowledgeable and her passion for London really shone through her tour. So glad we were able to see inside Buckingham Palace, lots of people but it doesn't feel crowded and the headsets make it really easy to explore at your own pace.

John H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Guide was excellent and quite funny. Great tour.

John H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Guide was excellent and quite funny. Great tour.

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