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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. Book now to avoid missing this once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony

Explore the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace

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

Daniel R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great tour and amazing tour guide. Knew so much interesting information and was so helpful, got us great spots to view the changing of the guards. Unfortunately we were there on the day with the small changing ceremony but still got great spots and were told how to get a good spot the next day so the guide still made the most of it. Hours after the tour I ran into her again and she was more than happy to point me on my way.

Vicki B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We were very happy with this tour, it was everything we expected and more. Our guide was there to greet us and took us to our meeting point to start the tour, he was a lot of fun and very informative.
I would thoroughly recommend Viator Tours.
Vicki B Hunter Valley
Australia.

Krista M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Tour guide was very informative and had a great personality. He knew the perfect spot for viewing the changing of the guard procession. He gave a great history on the buildings that we saw as we walked from our meeting spot to Buckingham Palace. Once inside, it was impressive. Crowded, but that is to be expected. Enjoyed everyone having to use the audio guides which cut down on the talking, which is supposed to be kept to a minimum. I honestly don't remember hearing anyone even whisper.

Anne M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

really worth the money, our guide, Josh was brilliant and good fun as well as being very knowledgeable.

Tareynolds

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great tour, amazing and hilarious guide!

Pauline Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Really great tour, amazing to see the inside of the Buckingham Palace.

PARTHIBAN K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The guide was very good and knowledgeable. She has informed about everything and we had a very good time. We strongly recommend this tour to all

Claudine New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Tour guide Gavin was brilliant and a fantastic tour!

vivian.migliore

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent! Our tour guide was very entertaining.

Chris J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great tour and good, funny guide talked about the history and current state of the monarchy.

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