Buckingham Palace Entrance ticket and Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes
Destination: United Kingdom, England, London
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
  • London
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Experience London’s royal heritage and pageantry on a 2.5-hour experience that combines a visit to Buckingham Palace with the Changing of the Guard. Enjoy the colorful spectacle of the Changing of the Guard ceremony, and then enter the magnificent palace with a tour host for an independent audio tour of the State Rooms, an experience only available for two months of the year. Admire the lavish rooms that are used by the royals for State and ceremonial events, as you discover the palace’s history from the audio guide.

Please note: Buckingham Palace is only open to the public for approx. eight weeks each year. Tickets sell out fast, so book now to avoid disappointment

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: St. James's Park, Horse Guards Road The Storeyard, London SW1A 2BJ England

Greet your courteous guide at a central London location and stroll near the verdant splendor of St. James’ Park to Buckingham Palace, the majestic official residence of Her Majesty the Queen.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Changing of the Guard, Constitution Hill Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA England

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.

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.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall, Horse Guards Whitehall, London SW1A 2AX England

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.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Buckingham Palace, Spur Road, London SW1A 1AA England

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.

Duration: 1 hour

Inclusions
  • English Speaking Expert Guide for Changing of the Guard
  • Audio guided Buckingham Palace Tour
  • Changing of the Guard ceremony
  • Entrance ticket for Buckingham Palace
  • Headsets when appropriate
  • Entry/Admission - Buckingham Palace

Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Depending on the day you will see either the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace or Horse Guards Parade. The Changing of the Guard is subject to changes in date, time and cancellation at the discretion of British authorities.
  • On occasional Sundays may be rescheduled to early morning, this will then be replaced with an extended walking tour.
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Cancellation due to bad weather is not announced before 11AM. When this occurs, customers will still see a ‘wet change’ during which the guards march but without the usual music or parade.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please note that if you book your tour on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, you’ll experience the change of the Household Cavalry.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • Government-imposed COVID restrictions for entering countries and venues (e.g. booster shot, negative COVID test, vaccine certificate, wearing a mask) may change with little notice. It is the responsibility of all visitors to ensure they check the official travel advice on the government websites
Departure Point

Duke of York Monument, St. James's, London SW1Y 5AJ, UK


Return Details

Spur Road, Spur Rd, London SW1A 1AA, UK

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

2 hours 45 minutes

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Arno_V

06 Nov, 2022

Applause and credits to our guide, Nathalie (heygo). Her enthusiasm and spunk made the experience even greater. Nice too see the changing of the guards, lovely walk through St. James park, interesting, entertaining and lovely storytelling by our guide. Sad that we could not visist Buckingham Palace during that time, rest in piece your majesty ... But all in all a fun and enjoyable experience.

kingpotts

19 Oct, 2022

The pre tour to Buckingham Palace was an absolute waste of time and money and most certainly cringeworthy at times - the tour guide's knowledge was poor and they kept on referring to a certain Netflix series! Also the changing of the guard was non existent on the day we went. The final nail in the coffin was when we realised that we could have booked the actual tour of Buckingham Palace for a much lower price - NB. there is no actual tour guide in the Palace, as the tour is done by audio which is excellent. We personally feel that it was an absolute rip off and were really disappointed for the foreign visitors who were on the same tour as us.

Deborah_S

09 Oct, 2022

Our tour guide totally missed the changing of the guard because she pushed us into doing the palace tour during the ceremony. We were lucky to be able to see the ceremony the next day. Do this on your own

Elizabeth_P

03 Oct, 2022

Louise was a great tour guide. She was friendly, knowledgeable and very funny. Her anecdotes about the Royal family were memorable. She took us to see the changing of the Royal Horseguards which was great. Then she led us to Buckingham Palace where we entered on our own. The palace is gorgeous but be prepared for lots of people inside. The artwork is amazing as is the garden behind the palace.

jefftR5927NN

03 Oct, 2022

The tour of Buckingham Palace was good. It was an honour to be there and to be able to see all the lovely sights of changing of guards ceremony.

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