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Changing of the Guard
Private Guided Tour

Witness one of the most dazzling ceremonies in the world with an expert guide - get closer to the action.

2 hours

Private

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

9:30 am & 10:00 am

General information

  • Private Tour
     

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

  • Experience Changing of the Guard with a true local
     

  • Family friendly

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Tour description

England is known for fish and chips, four seasons in a day, warm ale, history in spades and of course, a deeply ingrained age-old love for pomp and ceremony.  Join Urban Saunters as we serve a slice of world-famous ceremonial action with this Changing of the Guards experience.
 
There is so much more to this extravagant shift change than meets the eye though- with your expert guide to lead the way, you’ll soon know your Welsh from your Grenadier guard, understand what the deal is with those fuzzy bearskin hats, hear the astounding origins of this dazzling spectacle and truly get a handle on the significance of every colour, button, mascot, symbol and movement in this most British of traditions.
 
From the best possible viewing point, your small group will join the guards on their journey towards Buckingham Palace as you march to the beat of their drums... but what will the music be today?

What's Included

  • Private and fully guided Changing of the Guard experience 
     

  • English Speaking local expert guide

from £180 for the first two people

          Instant confirmation

          100% secure payment

          Mobile voucher accepted

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

The Important Stuff

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

  • Tour starts at 9:30 am on Sunday and 10:00 am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday 
     

  • The experience will end outside Buckingham Palace at around 11:30am-12:00pm

  • 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.