Guided tour

London: The Changing of the Guard Experience

Activity provider: UTG EXPERIENCE

London: The Changing of the Guard Experience

Activity provider: UTG EXPERIENCE
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From US$ 20.36 per person

Likely to sell out

Buckingham Palace is a must-see when visiting London. 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, truly authentic to the city of London.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Italian, English
Wheelchair accessible


  • Learn everything you need to know about the tradition of the changing of the guards
  • Discover the best place to watch the changing of the guards
  • Experience a London tradition with a local guide
Full description
The changing of the guards is definitely something that should be experienced when visiting London. On this tour, your guide will explain to you 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 since continued for more than 500 years. All of the guards are dressed in a traditional red tunic partnered with an easily recognizable bearskin helmet. The music that accompanies the changing of the guard can be either military or more contemporary, an attraction that is not to be missed.
  • English-speaking guide
  • Headsets when appropriate
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off

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Meeting point

Meet your guide by the Statue of the Goddess Diana: just outside Green Park Tube station (Piccadilly South Side Exit). On the left side there is a wooden food stall.

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  • 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)
Customer reviews

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based on 263 reviews

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Excellent guide who told us before the changing of the guard and while crossing the districts pleasantly told us the history of England its traditions and told us about different historic dwellings. On the other hand, there is no point in having a guide for the changing of the guard to watch like everyone else behind the gates!

June 2, 2022

Visit of squares, monuments ... up to La Relève dd la Garde, with lots of crisp details and anecdotes in particular on the kings and queens of England, and a little also on the Windsor family! Very nice guide and who had peanuts in his bag for the children to feed the squirrels of Saint Jame's Park. Very fun for children.

January 6, 2020

Morgan, our tour guide was exceptional. She was well versed in her knowledge of history, and brought us to the Wellington Barracks first to watch the preparation, and then back to Buckingham Palace, with a perfect view from the platform. Plus she was entertaining and probably one of the best guides we've ever had.

November 30, 2019

Product ID: 195008