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Changing of the Guard Guided Walking Tour in London

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London
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Overview

At a glance
Category: Tours
Duration: 90 minutes
Highlights
Family friendly
Get inside tips from a local
Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Description
The tour begins in late morning at Piccadilly Circus where you will be given an overview of what to expect. Make your way down lower Regent Street to Waterloo Place, where you will be told a little bit about royal history and the general area of Pall Mall and St James. After hearing about the history of the Duke of York Column, you will be led along the Mall, stopping at various places along the way, possibly including the Royal Society, a statue of King George VI and Marlborough House.

Then, head over to St. James Palace, where we will await the arrival of the Old Guard on the courtyard. The inspection will take place, and the Guards will then depart. 

The next part of the tour involves marching in step with the Guards. Your guide will then take you to see the New Guard at Wellington Barracks. We will then finish the tour with a wonderful view of Buckingham Palace. Although this is the proposed itinerary, it is at the mercy of the British Army, British weather, and crowd size, so it is in its very nature a rather flexible tour.

Please note that as you march at the same pace as the guards at one point and encounter two flights of steps, you must have a reasonable level of fitness and be physically able in order to take this tour. Also, while you will see various stages of the Changing the Guard ceremony, you will not see the section within the courtyard of Buckingham Palace as the crowds are too large and also very little happens there.

From 2018 Sunday's tour will start at 9.15am to enable us to witness the Change of the Lifeguard ceremony as an extra bonus!
Inclusions
Local guide
Walking tour
Gratuities (optional)
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Transportation to/from attractions

Location

Meeting point
Meeting point at Piccadilly Circus

Reviews

Jul 2018

Gavin with Fun Tours was our guide - and he was completely AWESOME!! It was very easy to meet him at the Picadilly Circus subway stop. He gave us history all along the way as we walked toward James Palace. He told us ahead of time what the plan was so that we would know what to expect. We saw the guard as they came out of the palace - we were standing right in the front row. He quickly took us to other points along the changing of the guards route so that we could again have a front row. He explained all that the guards were doing. At the end, he took individual photos of those who wished with Buckingham Palace in the background. I can't recommend Gavin enough!!

Jun 2018

Excellent experience with our guide Angus, who took us to the best viewing places and was interesting and fun to listen to. Highly recommend!

May 2018

Our Guide was wonderful, He was very informative and really knew all the history of the Royal family and the changing of the Guard. I highly recommend this tour when you visit London!!

Apr 2018

Great tour! We were going to skip the tour and just go to the palace to see the changing of the guard but read online that the tour was worth it, so we booked. Best decision for this event. Tom, our tour guide was fantastic, he knew the history, he knew the route and he made it fun for everyone. The tour covers a number of different sights before getting to the location that the guards march from. You see them getting ready and then you march with them all the way down to the palace. So much better than standing with the crowds at the gate and waiting for the guards to come. Worthwhile and a lot of fun.

Apr 2018

A fun way to see the changing of the guards!

Apr 2018

A really good tour. Angus was the host of this tour and used his Shakespearean skills well. An entertaining morning.

Feb 2018

Our guide was amazing! Friends told us we could see the Changing of the Guard for free. I thought this tour was worth every penny!!

Jan 2018

Fast paced through a very dense crowd. Easy to lose the guide so stay aware! Something to do if you've seen the changing of the guard before.

Feb 2018

Many guys in red uniform marching under guard of armed policemen :

Nov 2017

this tour was ok, and maybe my expectations were too high in terms of what i expected. the big thing that i wanted to see that i didn't and wasn't included was being up close to buckingham palacce to see the the guards. What was included was watching the guards walk out of one palace and march to buckingham palace for roughly 30 seconds to get a photo and then move to a secondary area to see the guards as they leave buckingham. it was something i could easily have done on my own but likely better

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