Changing of the Guard and Royal Westminster Private Guided Tour

Feel like a king or queen for the day with a private walking  tour of Royal Westminster. No more wondering what Changing of the Guards is, prepare to be an expert on this spectacular ceremony.

2 hours


Mon, Wed, Fri


General information

  • Private Tour

  • Get the lowdown as you take in the highlights of the world famous Changing of the Guard ceremony with your private expert guide 

  • Experience Westminster from a royal perspective

  • Family friendly

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Tour description

The only thing more regal than a Royal Westminster and Changing of the Guard experience is one taken as a private tour with your very own expert guide. Take a whirlwind ride through 1000 years of our history, walking in the footsteps of Winston Churchill, Henry VIII, Queen Victoria, Lord Admiral Nelson, Richard the Lionheart, Guy Fawkes and the Suffragettes with views of Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and a trinity of palaces to admire 


After your crash course in British history, from the very best vantage points, your new local friend will give you the lowdown on the age-old Changing of the Guards ceremony- how to tell the guards apart, why they wear those fantastic hats and all the rules surrounding these trained soldiers.


By the end, you’ll have a deep understanding of the significance and symbolism of this age-old tradition, feeling part of this layer of London life. Your private tour will reach a crescendo as you join the Changing of the Guards ceremony  towards Buckingham Palace, marching to the beat of their drums... but what will the music be today?

What's Included

  • Private and fully guided Changing of the Guard and Royal Westminster tour

  • English Speaking local expert guide

What's Not Included

  • Gratuities 

  • Food & drink 

  • Hotel pick-up & drop-off

Meeting Place

Meet our guide outside Westminster Station. Please follow the signs for Exit 2 Victoria Embankment, and then take the stairs up to street level to Victoria Embankment. Your guide will meet you at the top of the stairs next to The Boudiccan Rebellion Statue

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to the tour. Learn More

from £180 for a group of up to 5

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          Mobile voucher accepted

The Important Stuff

  • Please arrive fifteen minutes before the start time on your voucher

  • The experience will end outside Buckingham Palace at around 11:45am

  • We tend to move pretty fast to keep up with the guards, so please wear comfortable shoes and always carry water.

  • We will not stand at the forecourt of Buckingham Palace as, due to crowds, you see very little and the experience would be ten times less fun. We want to get you as close as possible with the opportunity to take some amazing snapshots.

  • It is at the discretion of the British Army to change or cancel the Ceremony. The announcement will not be made until after 10.30am so come rain or shine, the Urban Saunters Changing of the Guard experience will go ahead. If the full ceremony is cancelled, there will still be the chance to see the guards marching, just without the music.