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Changing of the Guard Guided Walking Tour in London provided by Fun London Tours

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Changing of the Guard Guided Walking Tour in London

Changing of the Guard Guided Walking Tour in London
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Tour snapshot
Get a close look at real Beefeaters and march along side the Queen’s Guard
Duration:
1h 30m
Group size:
25
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Learn about London’s royal history on this walking tour and get a chance to march alongside the Queen’s Guard. This tour is designed for visitors looking for a unique experience and photo opportunity who want to learn more about the monarchy and their significance. Go beyond the normal sights on this interactive tour.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • See London sights on a walking tour with commentary from your guide
  • See the Wellington Barracks and Buckingham Palace 
  • Learn about London’s monarchy and royal history
What to expect
Meet your guide at an agreed time and start with a short overview of the morning’s events. Then walk down Lower Regent Street towards Waterloo Place where you stop to hear some geography and history about the area. Continue along the Mall, stopping at different landmarks, and then walk to St. James Palace, where the old Guard arrives for their inspection. Next, you march in step with the Queen’s Guard, and then your guide leads you to Wellington Barracks, before finishing the tour with a view of Buckingham Palace. Please note: you need to keep apace with the Guard and climb two flights of stairs; so you need relative fitness to take the tour. Due to the crowd size, it is not possible to view the ceremony at the Buckingham Palace courtyard.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • See London sights on a walking tour with commentary from your guide
  • See the Wellington Barracks and Buckingham Palace 
  • Learn about London’s monarchy and royal history
What to expect
Meet your guide at an agreed time and start with a short overview of the morning’s events. Then walk down Lower Regent Street towards Waterloo Place where you stop to hear some geography and history about the area. Continue along the Mall, stopping at different landmarks, and then walk to St. James Palace, where the old Guard arrives for their inspection. Next, you march in step with the Queen’s Guard, and then your guide leads you to Wellington Barracks, before finishing the tour with a view of Buckingham Palace. Please note: you need to keep apace with the Guard and climb two flights of stairs; so you need relative fitness to take the tour. Due to the crowd size, it is not possible to view the ceremony at the Buckingham Palace courtyard.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 9086P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • Local guide
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from attractions
Duration
1h 30m
Departure details
  • Piccadilly Circus, London W1B, UK Outside the Criterion Theatre by the Statue of Eros. Your guide will be carrying a Fun London Tours flag. Arrive 10 minutes before the tour is due to start. We leave promptly at the designated start time.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • There are no toilet or refreshment breaks on this tour
  • Tour operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Ceremony can be altered at the discretion of the British Army, or occasionally due to rain
  • All tours are dependent on the British Army's schedule
  • No dogs are allowed on the tour other than guide dogs.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • We do not see the section of the ceremony which occurs on the courtyard of Buckingham Palace, but instead we observe the highlights of the ceremony in other locations.
  • No videoing of the guide unless they have given permission
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Travellers should have good mobility as we encounter three flights of steps and march at the same pace as the guards at one point
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
Inclusions
  • Local guide
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from attractions
Departure details
  • Piccadilly Circus, London W1B, UK Outside the Criterion Theatre by the Statue of Eros. Your guide will be carrying a Fun London Tours flag. Arrive 10 minutes before the tour is due to start. We leave promptly at the designated start time.
Duration
1h 30m
Return details
  • The Mall, St. James's, London SW1, UK We finish the tour near Buckingham Palace.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • There are no toilet or refreshment breaks on this tour
  • Tour operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Ceremony can be altered at the discretion of the British Army, or occasionally due to rain
  • All tours are dependent on the British Army's schedule
  • No dogs are allowed on the tour other than guide dogs.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • We do not see the section of the ceremony which occurs on the courtyard of Buckingham Palace, but instead we observe the highlights of the ceremony in other locations.
  • No videoing of the guide unless they have given permission
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Travellers should have good mobility as we encounter three flights of steps and march at the same pace as the guards at one point
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Piccadilly Circus
    Piccadilly Circus, London W1B, UK
    Outside the Criterion Theatre by the Statue of Eros. Your guide will be carrying a Fun London Tours flag. Arrive 10 minutes before the tour is due to start. We leave promptly at the designated start time.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Piccadilly Circus
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    St. James's Palace
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Changing of the Guard
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Regent Street
  • You'll end at
    The Mall
    The Mall, St. James's, London SW1, UK
    We finish the tour near Buckingham Palace.
    See address & details
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Amy D
Oxford, UK13 contributions
Feb 2022
I went on the Sunday morning Changing of the Guards tour and had a wonderful time. Jess did a fantastic job of leading our group. He arrived on time and checked-in everyone in a friendly and efficient manner. The walking pace he set was comfortable, and the whole group stayed together without any problems. Jess provided information that was interesting and gave context to all that we were seeing.

I really enjoyed visiting a variety of sites associated with the guard changing ceremony and learning about the history of the Horse Guards, St. James Palace, and Buckingham Palace. Even though we did not see the actual changing ceremony behind the gates of Buckingham Palace, we had close-up views of the guards themselves as they marched to the Buckingham Palace from St. James Palace and the Willington Barracks. Additionally, we got to see a variety of places around Buckingham Palace instead of standing in a massive crowd at the palace gates for an hour waiting for the action to occur.

Jess provided us with excellent advice as to the best places to stand and when we should move from one place to the next in order to beat the crowds. I would highly recommend this tour - in my opinion it is a much more interesting way to experience the guard changing ceremony than spending an hour trying to stake out a spot in front of the palace gates.
Written February 28, 2022
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a comprehensive and glowing review of the Changing the Guard tour with Jess. We certainly see a lot on the tour, and Jess is an expert at guiding you to the right places at the right time and is a fountain of historical information and story telling. Hopefully see you again with your family this summer!
Written February 28, 2022
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Surfergirl
perth7 contributions
Jun 2022
Excellent Tour conducted by Matt. It was informative with amusing anecdotes and Matt was good fun and very knowledgeable. Because of the barriers still up for the Jubilee celebrations there were more people in the accessible areas than usual, however Matt explained all of this and went above and beyond by extending the tour slightly and taking us to a good viewing area so that we could see the guards and band marching.
I highly recommend Matt and will use his company again when I am back in London.
Written June 14, 2022
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FLTours
It was a joy to take you around! Given the disruption around Buckingham Palace due to the Jubilee it felt right to extend the tour so that you could leave the event with great photos and a close up view of the guards. See you again!
Written June 19, 2022
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Lbcrosby
Denver, CO35 contributions
This tour was a lot of fun but be sure to have your walking shoes on and know you will be going at a fast pace once the ceremony starts. There were so many people that signed up for our tour that they had three tour guides. We had Matt who was wonderful. Matt was a lot of fun and I ever saw my 20 something child laugh a few times. Matt also gave us a lot of information and since he has been doing this tour for over 10 years he has learned some insight as to where to go to best see the ceremony. We all met at Piccadilly Circus by the statue and you couldn’t miss them when they showed up. All three were very animated and very inviting. As we walked toward St. James’s Palace they stopped along the way to discuss some interesting facts of places we passed. We then watched the inspection of the old guard before the orchestra came out and played. Matt said they don’t always play music and we were thrilled they did this time. Now comes the part where the good shoes on the participants and a flag being held by Matt came in handy. Just before the old guard headed out of the courtyard we left to position ourselves at the end of the block. The old guard walked straight for us and then we kept pace with them as they walked toward Buckingham Palace. Matt then took us through the park and up on the other side where we saw the new guards coming out from Wellington Barracks. The day we were there the new guards were from Nepal so they were not wearing the regular uniforms we were accustomed to seeing. We then walked through the outskirts of the crowd before ending with a great view of Buckingham Palace. This tour was a great way to see the ceremony without spending 5 hours waiting in line to see one fraction of it. We did not see the part at the actual Palace but Matt told us that the new guards and old guards stand in position looking at each other for 30 minutes once they all get there. If your interested in seeing the final stage you could probably fight the crowds to work your way to the gates. This was perfect for my family who loved the music and seeing them marching and not having to fight the crowds.
Written June 20, 2022
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FLTours
Wow, what an incredibly detailed and helpful review! Lovely to have you on the tour, and great to know that not only did you enjoy it, I was also able to make your son laugh! All the best, Matt
Written June 22, 2022
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Jeannine C
Bay Saint Louis, MS21 contributions
May 2022
Mike gave us an incredible experience on a recent Monday morning. He is just about the most entertaining and informative tour guide it has been our pleasure to meet. He provided us with all the royal history of England we would need to understand and appreciate what we would see as we witnessed the most important aspects of this old and honored tradition. We took this tour early during our visit to London so we were very well prepared to visit other sights such as the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey. He is also commended for looking after our group and keeping us together and well situated as we moved through large crowds. Thank you, Mike, for a delightful morning!!
Written May 28, 2022
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FLTours
Thanks loads for taking the time to leave a review for our changing the guard tour. Mike is definitely one of the most entertaining and informative guides you could possibly meet and he'll really appreciate your feedback!
Written May 30, 2022
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John S
3 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
Our guide Matt was knowledgeable and friendly. He carefully guided us around key points of the changing of the guard which gave us an excellent view of the staging of both the old and new guard. We had a front row view and at points where we were waiting for things to happen, Matt entertained us and made sure we were able to ask questions and provided really interesting detail.
Written June 28, 2022
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FLTours
Great to hear you had an enjoyable time with me on the changing the guard tour. Its a fun ceremony and I'm glad I was able to enhance your experience!
Written June 30, 2022
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Stacy S
Knoxville, TN67 contributions
Andy's love of British military history really shines as he explains the details of the changing guard. He taught us so much: how the bear fur hats became part of the uniform, how the pageantry of the Changing is different from the daily guard changes, that there are different regiments that serve. He got us to the best viewing spot every time and shared interesting facts along the way. Funny and approachable, great with the kids in the group. He was the best!
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Written April 20, 2022
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FLTours
Andy has a wealth of knowledge of the military and as you say is funny and approachable too. You know you're in safe hands with him! Thanks for the review.
Written April 23, 2022
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Dawn B
40 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Sadly we never got to do this tour. We booked this tour for our last day in London and we were looking forward to it very much after fantastic reviews on here. We waited over 30 minutes till 10 past 10 on a freezing morning at the meeting point and no one arrived for us . We unfortunately never thought to check our emails before we went because we never thought for a minute we would be emailed and cancelled. However on checking we had been emailed and the tour was cancelled less than 1 hour before . The reason being because a staff member had to go off and isolate due to recent Covid exposure.
We are now around 20 months into this pandemic and this should never have happened at this stage. There should have been a standby member of staff ready for this type of situation especially for a company like this in a city like this. The company will know staff have to isolate at short notice, this is nothing new now. This was such a let down. The company will also be well aware most people are in London for a set amount of time only and probably won't be coming back soon if ever. This to us is another company using the pandemic as an excuse for bad service and it is now a very poor excuse for letting people down .
So if you book this tour do be aware there is a possibility no one will turn up and that you could be let down in the last hour. Companies need to step up now, the Covid excuses are not good enough anymore.
Written December 2, 2021
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FLTours
I am deeply upset by your review and find it astonishing that you would suggest that we would use Covid as 'an excuse'. We are in the middle of a global pandemic, and our guide was told to self isolate by the NHS app one hour before the tour. She would have been breaking the law and potentially exposing you to a deadly virus should she have led the tour. How on earth you can suggest that me cancelling the tour was the wrong decision is beyond me. Unfortunately we didn't have another guide available at such short notice. It was Thanksgiving Week and as such our guides were busy working elsewhere, otherwise we would have found someone for you. We emailed you as soon as we could, then tried to call you, but you had given us an incorrect phone number so what else could we do? As a small company we try to provide the best customer service and deeply care about everyone who comes on our tours. And this makes it all the more upsetting when someone writes a negative review because we did the right thing in a middle of a pandemic.
Written December 3, 2021
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Meredith l
Boston, MA12 contributions
Mar 2022
This was the greatest thing we did in London!!!! My husband, daughter and I all loved it! This was a 2 hour tour which allowed us to see the various components that go into the changing of the guard ceremony. Matt was so knowledgeable of all of the parts and made the whole tradition come to life! We had no idea of the intricacies and meaning of all of the different pieces- people who wait at the gate miss out completely with the full meaning and experience! Walking alongside the band while playing was such an incredible experience as was visiting the different locations of each of the groups involved in the ceremony. Along the route, Matt would share interesting and historic facts which was awesome. Truly- this was a once in a lifetime EXPERIENCE!!! Don't miss out!!!
Written April 25, 2022
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FLTours
That's an amazing thing to say, and I have to say I agree that seeing the changing the guard ceremony in the right way can be the absolute highlight of your trip to London. It was a pleasure having you along for the ride!
Written April 26, 2022
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mmjrwillia
Honolulu, Hawaii6 contributions
Jun 2022
Loved being able to have the behind the scenes info on this tour. Well worth the money to better understand the history and significance of the ceremony and the be at the right place at the right time and expertly navigate the crowds. Kudos to our guide, Rachel, who was wonderfully knowledgeable and entertaining.
Written July 1, 2022
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Natalie S
Hoboken, NJ7 contributions
May 2022
So excellent! Our tour guide was fun, knowledgeable, humorous and full of good energy. She gave great relevant facts and details about pertinent customs, was open to questions and kept us engaged and excited throughout the ceremony. Definitely a must do!
Written May 5, 2022
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FLTours
Brilliant! Lovely to hear you had such a good experience with us Natalie.
Written May 6, 2022
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