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Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace and Changing the Guard

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

    Begin your day with a relaxing stroll through St James Park where your guide will reveal the captivating history of the royal family and the origins of the Changing the Guard ceremony.

    From here you will head to Buckingham Palace to witness one of its oldest tradition- The Changing the Guard. Your guide will get you up close and personal with the sound of trotting hooves and the call of the Guards. See the Queen’s Foot Guards, with their red tunics and unmistakable bearskin hats, march to Buckingham Palace together with the military band, or the Household Cavalry to change the Guard at Horse Guards parade.


    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 1QH England

    Then it is time to visit The Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace, one of the finest working stables in existence. Here you’ll be provided with a bespoke multimedia guide, so you don't miss a moment. Discover for yourself all the different royal coaches and cars that are still used by the Royal Family to this day, as well as the royal horses in their stables. Watch as the stablemen take precious care of the Queens Windsor Greys and Cleveland Bays; if you’re lucky you might even see them in the exercise ring!

    In the State Stables, check out the royal liveries and get the opportunity to play dress up and take some fun photos in specially-created livery. You can even step into a royal carriage, sit down and practice your regal wave just like Queen Victoria did in 1897 with the replica Semi-State Landau.

    See the famous Diamond Jubilee Coach that was built to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and other royal treasures like the Gold State coach commissioned by George III in 1762, which has been used at every coronation since that of George IV in 1821; the Glass Coach; and the replica of The Semi-State Landau which the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge traveled in after their wedding.

    Immerse yourself in London’s most cherished traditions with the knowledge of a local guide on our Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace Tour with the Changing the Guards.


    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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    Departure Point
    Duke of York Column, St. James's, London SW1Y 5AJ, UK
    Duration
    2h 30m
    Return Details
    ATM (Coutts Buckingham Palace), Buckingham Palace Road, Westminster, London SW1A 1AA, UK
    Inclusions
    • Small groups of 25 people or fewer
    • Complimentary guided tour inside the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace
    • Headsets when appropriate, so that you can always hear your guide
    • Entry/Admission - Royal Mews
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.
    • This activity is unable to accommodate strollers and baby carriers.
    • We will do everything within our power to ensure timings and itineraries are respected; however, due to issues beyond our control, timings and sites are subject to last minute changes on rare occasions.
    • Changing of the Guard will not operate in rain and will be replaced with an extended walking tour. On occasional Sundays the changing of the guards may be rescheduled to early morning, meaning that we will not be able to see it.
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • 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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    Reviewed April 10, 2019

    I took my granddaughter to the Royal Mews for a Birthday treat as she loves horses. We met a guide who was very informative & gave us an insight into the park, St. James’s Palace, Buckingham Palace & the Mews themselves. Only disappointment was that...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    1  Thank 901ChristineT
    Reviewed August 22, 2018

    Exceptional British monarchical historical museum showing horse carriages / coaches, Queens Rolls Royce, many photos / clothing of years gone by, and related commemorative artefacts. Guide staff very helpful and price was fair to ensure this historical stables is maintained for future generations.

    Date of experience: July 2018
    2  Thank ptglasbergen
    Reviewed June 21, 2018

    This was one of the best tours we have taken anywhere. Our tour guide Marnie was friendly, well informed, and a real delight. There were only 7 of us on the tour and she guided us in and out of the crowds around The Mall...More

    Date of experience: June 2018
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    Response from 901ChristineT | Reviewed this property |
    To be honest, we only watched the Changing of the Horse guards at St. James palace, well worth doing as roped off area, so you get up very close. At Buckingham palace if you want to watch the guards changing, you would need... More
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