Changing of the Guards experience
Attractions & guided tours

Changing of the Guards experience

Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 1 hour 30 minutes
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Learn everything about the tradition of the changing of the guards
  • Best place to watch the changing of the guards
  • Experience a London tradition with a local guide
What to expect

During your visit to London, Buckingham Palace is a must-see. Accompanied by a local guide, you will have the opportunity to see the changing of the royal guard in front of the palace doors.

This is a world-famous spectacle that you will not be able to see anywhere else. Changing of the Guards is definitely something that should be experienced when visiting London. Your guide will explain how the Changing of the Guard, also known as Guard Mounting, has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in London.

You will see how the soldiers in place are “relieved” of their position in a very particular way while accompanied by a military fanfare. The soldiers have protected the King or Queen of England since the reign of Henry VII, who established the Royal Body Guard as a permanent institution. The tradition has continued for more than 500 years.

All of the guards are dressed in a traditional red tunic and an easily recognizable bearskin helmet. The music that accompanies the changing of the guard can be either military or more contemporary. It is definitely an attraction that is not to be missed.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitized between use
  • What's included
    • English-speaking guide
    • Headsets when appropriate
    What's not included
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pick-up/ drop-off
    Where

    Green Park Station Piccadilly, London

    Meeting point:
    Meet us at the Corner the Mall and Stable yard – closest station is Green Park (or Trafalgar Square) Just outside Green Park Tube station (Piccadilly South Side Exit). The guide will have a badge Universal Tour Guide.
    What to remember
    • Dates and Times can change, sometimes at short notice,when the Guards are required for operational or other ceremonial duties, and as a result of road closures.
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    When
    • Operating days may vary, please check the calendar for availability
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    Provider
    UNIVERSAL TOUR GROUP
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Unfortunately, we can't offer you a refund nor can we change or cancel your booking for this particular product, due to our partner's policy.

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