CHANGING THE GUARD WALKING TOUR

ALONGSIDE THE QUEEN'S FOOT SOLDIER IN LONDON

Expert Local Guide

1,5 Hrs

Walking Tour

Highlights:

  • See the pomp and circumstance of the Changing of the Guard

  • March in step with the Queen’s foot soldiers as they walk to Buckingham Palace

  • Watch the inspection of the guards at St. James’s Palace


  • Listen to a ceremonial band as it accompanies the guards

Summary


Marvel at the pageantry of the Changing of the Guard ceremony on a walking tour alongside the Queen’s foot soldiers in London. March in step with the soldiers and learn the history of the guards, royals and their palaces.

What You Can Expect


Meet your guide at Piccadilly Circus and get an introduction to the background of the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Hear what you will be doing for the next 1 hour and 45 minutes. Then proceed as a group toward The Mall. Pass by Pall Mall and Waterloo Place. Here you will learn more about the British Army and its greatest general, the Duke of Wellington.

Once on The Mall, see the extraordinary monuments to royals and generals. Get a view of St. James’s Park. Admire the most beautiful of the royal parks and look at the majestic open space of Horse Guards Parade. Continue toward St. James’s Palace. On the way, you might see the Household Cavalry en route from their barracks in Hyde Park. The main focus, however, will be to watch the foot soldiers emerge from St. James’s Palace ready for their uniform inspection. They will then march to Buckingham Palace, sometimes accompanied by a band. If you’re lucky, they may even play a song!

One of the highlights of your tour will be to march in step with the guards as they leave St. James’s Palace. Then watch as the New Guard emerges from Wellington Barracks. He will often be accompanied by a full ceremonial band. Take a photo of Buckingham Palace from a raised platform. The tour ends with a flourish as the band plays in the palace courtyard. Marvel as the cavalry and guardsmen march past. Your guide will then help you get to your next port of call.

When


 

English on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:40am and on Sunday at 9:15am;

Departure point


The meeting point is in London, outside the Criterion Theatre next to the Statue of Eros at Piccadilly Circus;

 

Please be sure to get there at least 15 minutes prior to tour starting time, this is very important.

Additional info

 

  • Please bring comfortable shoes and a bottle of water with you. The tour can be quite fast paced at times. It is also very crowded near Buckingham Palace, particularly in summer months;
  • This tour is super popular, and as we limit the number of people per group to 25, it can often sell out days or weeks in advance, so book early to avoid disappointment!
  • Disclaimer: The British Army can alter the date of the Guard Change Ceremony, and can change or cancel it at their discretion. No matter how bad the weather, the walk will still go ahead, as the final notification of ceremony cancellation will not be made by the British Army and police until after 10.30am. Although unlikely, the ceremony has been known to proceed in the rain before! If the ceremony is cancelled, you will see the Wet Change (guards marching without music);
  • No refund will be accepted for no shows or late arrivals

Voucher info


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

Local operator information


Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher. Our Product Managers select only the most experienced and reliable operators in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind

Cancellation Policy


If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee

Schedule and Pricing


Available in English on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:40am and on Sunday at 9:15am;

 

 

Prices

 

On Monday, Wednesday and Friday:

 

Adult (18-99)   € 21,00

 

Child (0-17)   € 18,00

 

On Sunday:

 

Adult (18-99)   € 23,50

 

Child (0-17)   € 20,00

 

 

Our pricing is constantly updated to ensure you always receive the lowest price possible – we 100% guarantee it –

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CHANGING THE GUARD WALKING TOUR

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Meet your guide at Piccadilly Circus and get an introduction to the background of the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Hear what you will be doing for the next 1 hour and 45 minutes. Then proceed as a group toward The Mall. Pass by Pall Mall and Waterloo Place. Here you will learn more about the British Army and its greatest general, the Duke of Wellington.

Once on The Mall, see the extraordinary monuments to royals and generals. Get a view of St. James’s Park. Admire the most beautiful of the royal parks and look at the majestic open space of Horse Guards Parade. Continue toward St. James’s Palace. On the way, you might see the Household Cavalry en route from their barracks in Hyde Park. The main focus, however, will be to watch the foot soldiers emerge from St. James’s Palace ready for their uniform inspection. They will then march to Buckingham Palace, sometimes accompanied by a band. If you’re lucky, they may even play a song!

One of the highlights of your tour will be to march in step with the guards as they leave St. James’s Palace. Then watch as the New Guard emerges from Wellington Barracks. He will often be accompanied by a full ceremonial band. Take a photo of Buckingham Palace from a raised platform. The tour ends with a flourish as the band plays in the palace courtyard. Marvel as the cavalry and guardsmen march past. Your guide will then help you get to your next port of call.

When:

English on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:40am and on Sunday at 9:15am;

Additional info:

 

  • Please bring comfortable shoes and a bottle of water with you. The tour can be quite fast paced at times. It is also very crowded near Buckingham Palace, particularly in summer months;

 

  • This tour is super popular, and as we limit the number of people per group to 25, it can often sell out days or weeks in advance, so book early to avoid disappointment!

 

  • Disclaimer: The British Army can alter the date of the Guard Change Ceremony, and can change or cancel it at their discretion. No matter how bad the weather, the walk will still go ahead, as the final notification of ceremony cancellation will not be made by the British Army and police until after 10.30am. Although unlikely, the ceremony has been known to proceed in the rain before! If the ceremony is cancelled, you will see the Wet Change (guards marching without music);

 

  • No refund will be accepted for no shows or late arrivals

Departure point


The meeting point is in London, outside the Criterion Theatre next to the Statue of Eros at Piccadilly Circus;

 

Please be sure to get there at least 15 minutes prior to tour starting time, this is very important.

Local operator information


Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher. Our Product Managers select only the most experienced and reliable operators in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind

Cancellation Policy


If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee

Schedule and Pricing


Available in English on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:40am and on Sunday at 9:15am;

 

 

Prices

 

On Monday, Wednesday and Friday:

 

Adult (18-99)   € 21,00

 

Child (0-17)   € 18,00

 

On Sunday:

 

Adult (18-99)   € 23,50

 

Child (0-17)   € 20,00

 

 

Our pricing is constantly updated to ensure you always receive the lowest price possible – we 100% guarantee it –