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

Changing of the Guard Guided Walking Tour in London

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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.
You'll start at
Piccadilly Circus
Piccadilly Circus, Soho, London W1B, UKOutside 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.
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  • 1
    Piccadilly Circus
    Stop: 5 minutes -
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  • 2
    St. James's Palace
    Stop: 20 minutes -
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  • 3
    Changing of the Guard
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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    Pass by Regent Street
You'll end at
The Mall
The Mall, St. James's, London, UKWe finish the tour near Buckingham Palace.
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  • Get a close look at real Beefeaters and march along side the Queen’s Guard
  • 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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Important Information
Departure Point
Piccadilly Circus, Soho, London W1B, UK
1h 30m
Return Details
The Mall, St. James's, London, UK
  • Local guide
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation to/from attractions
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Additional Info
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Popular mentions
MsBoston wrote a review Mar 2020
18 contributions7 helpful votes
Trip description is exactly what happens during the tour. Our guide was extremely informative and kept our group moving to get to different vantage points. Very interesting to hear stories about the past and see the different spots that aren’t typically known to be part of the
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Date of experience: March 2020
Response from mtotheged, Owner at Changing of the Guard Guided Walking Tour in London
Responded Mar 13, 2020
Hi Cheryl I'm glad you enjoyed the tour but am rather frustrated that you decided to penalise us on the basis that you hadn't read our tour description properly and that it was 'exactly as described' ! I personally have spent a great deal of time ensuring the description is crystal clear so as to avoid any confusion. When you get a moment, do take some time to check out our video on YouTube which explains what the ceremony is like if you did spend your time at Buckingham Palace at the gates rather than being on a tour and then hopefully you will consider amending your review.
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Bryonde wrote a review Mar 2020
4 contributions1 helpful vote
We booked this tour on march 11th of 2020 and our guide was Matt. He was very enthousiastic and funny and told us a lot of information! Not just about changing the guard but also about a lot of other things we came across from our meetingpoint up to St. James palace. He made
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Date of experience: March 2020
Karen C wrote a review Feb 2020
Sleaford, United Kingdom21 contributions4 helpful votes
A fabulous tour to see Changing of the Guard, very informative, interesting, detailed, we learnt loads! Great spots to see all the live action - a real birthday treat, would highly recommend - thank you Jess.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Chambert1 wrote a review Feb 2020
Melbourne, Australia6 contributions
Loved this tour which I did with my 10 year old. Touring in Winter is great as the crowds are not so hard to deal with. Our guide had us in the perfect position at all stops. We were lucky, as we only had 4 people on our tour. Can highly recommend doing this tour. Lots of fun
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Pol wrote a review Jan 2020
Angwin, California57 contributions4 helpful votes
Danielle was our guide, very funny and full of energy, she got some secret moves so our group has the best view of the parade, my cousin lives in High Wycombe, she has watched the COG every time she got visitors for the last 10+ yrs, but was so surprised when she went with me
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Great way to spend 2 hours
We went on this walk today with Adam, and it was an absolute delight! Cannot recommend this more! Adam was so knowl
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Well done!
Great tour guide! well worth it! perfect size group. Details of the fleet street and the inns of court we never
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catherine b
Grateful for company's consideration and efficiency
Due to the world wide virus situation and the Australian government advising all Australians not to travel overseas
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Loved our Fun Tour with Matt despite the rain!
The Palaces, Horse Guard Parade and Tower of London Tour with Matt was great fun and most informative. It was a sma
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Exceeded our expectations.
This was our second walking tour with funlondontours and as good as before. Quite a lot crammed into a short time w
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Temple area and Fleet Street
Dani our tour guide was outstanding!! We absolutely loved the tour as did the other people in the group. Her wealth
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it was very interesting, our guide was really nice, and the tour was just what we wanted to see. thanks very much :
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Changing of the Guard
We went on the Changing of the Guard tour with Matt as our tour guide. It was an outstanding tour and Matt was know
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zela B
No show
No one was at the meeting point in Trafalgar Square. We arrived at 10.30 am Wednesday. Tried to call but phone numb
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Great tour, relaxed and informative
Really enjoyed the afternoon, saw a different side to the London I live in and love! Suitable for all, our guide wa
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Short walking tour
Short walking tour. Quite enjoyable. Interesting stories were told. I saw a part of London where I never would hav
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Wonderful Guide!
Our guide Jess was amazing. He told us all kinds of history as we walked through London. We were right up close f
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Great tour
Well worth going on this tour, we been to London so many times it was nice to do this walk, very informative and ke
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A Gem of a Tour
Yesterday’s Hidden London Tour was a delight from start to finish and even though we had lived in London for 10 yea
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Secret Walking Tour - Brilliant trip
Totally enjoyable tour, loved that so much was packed into an hour and a half amble about some of the streets and a
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  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Languages Offered: English
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