Guided tour

London: Westminster and Changing of the Guard Tour

Activity provider: Secret Chamber Tours Ltd

London: Westminster and Changing of the Guard Tour

Activity provider: Secret Chamber Tours Ltd

From US$ 20.10 per person

Witness London's famous Changing of the Guard ceremony and visit iconic sights around Westminster. Enjoy views of Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, 10 Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament, and more.

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Duration 135 minutes
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Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Gaze upon Buckingham Palace and learn its iconic history
  • March to the beat with the Changing of the Guard and Horse Guards
  • Spot the famous parakeets and pelicans in beautiful St James' Park
  • Marvel at Westminster Abbey and its 1000 years of royal history
  • Explore Parliament Square and its historical statues
Full description

The Royal Westminster and Changing of the Guard guided walking tour offers you the ability to get up close and personal with London’s most famous and impressive sights.

Beginning with Buckingham Palace, the most famous residence of the Queen, we will explore the iconic buildings, parks, and monuments of Royal London. 

Witness parades by the world-famous Queen's Guards before continuing along the corridor of power which includes Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and 10 Downing Street. 

Along the way, be entertained and enthralled by your tour guide’s in-depth knowledge, memorable anecdotes, and unique take on London's history.

You'll be led by an expert in London’s political, royal, and cultural history who knows the best places to witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony, allowing you the best views and photo opportunities away from the crowds.

Suitable for all ages and encompassing multiple different experiences in a single two-and-a-quarter-hour period, this Westminster and Changing of the Guard Walking Tour is the best way to experience Royal Westminster all in one day. 

Discover the Kings, Queens, rogues, and villains behind this incredible city, and witness iconic buildings and mesmerizing parades along the way.

Includes
  • Live Guide
  • Food and Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Entrance to attractions
Not suitable for
  • People with heart problems

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Date

Meeting point

Meet your guide at the Goddess Diana fountain at the Ritz Corner entrance of Green Park. Enter the park via the entrance next to the Ritz Hotel and the fountain can be found just a few steps down the footpath, next to Colicci refreshment stand. If taking the Underground, disembark at Green Park Station and take the Green Park/Buckingham Palace exit. This exit will lead you to the fountain. Postcode: London W1J 9DZ London W1J 9DZ

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Important information

What to bring

  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Explosive substances
  • Party groups
  • Nudity

Know before you go

  • The full Changing of the Guard Ceremony at Buckingham Palace occurs every day in June and July.
  • Between August - May the Changing of the Guard occurs on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday
  • On Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday of these months the tour will instead witness the Changing of the Queen's Horse Guards at Horse Guards Parade
  • The Changing of the Guard operates at the discretion of the British Army and can be changed or canceled without notice
  • This is beyond the control of the tour operator
  • In case of bad weather the Changing of the Guard may be canceled
  • On these days the tour will endeavor to watch the Changing of the Horse Guards
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 131 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
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  • Value for money
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It was the weekend following the Queen's death so there was no changing of the guard and crowds of people were gathering. The Guide did his absolute best, however, in making the tour an interesting experience. I had 4 grandchildren with me of different ages and they were interested in all aspects of the tour. It was great. The guide was going to take us to the changing of guards in Whitehall, but I had to leave to take my eldest grandson to Kings Cross (we should have stayed as massive delays with trains at Kings Cross & no train for him until 4pm!!). It would have been good to see this & it was great to be included in the tour. The guide was very nice and informative & very happy to answer questions. I will do this tour again & hopefully there won't be anything momentous going on! It was a good tour despite the necessary changes!

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September 18, 2022

Our tour of the Changing of the Guard and and Westminster was one of the best tours I have taken whilst in London. Mick, our guide was superb, knowledgeable, informative, interested in the subjects and a very nice person. Two hours was just not long enough but the tour itself was perfect

August 23, 2022

Our guide's name was Allen. He was very personable and listened to our requests. We saw a lot and took great photos! Was very interesting and the English easy to understand. The fee was a few minutes late and so we had to go a little faster. But it was all right, the guide can't do anything about that. He tried very hard that we didn't miss anything. We also saw the black swan. Clear recommendation.

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August 23, 2022

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