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Changing of the Guard Guided tour Tour

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Going through every stage of the Changing of the guard. We explore all of the palace grounds going though the history of each area. Finding the best photo opportunities and having a great time with one of the oldest rituals still going on in London.

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Itinerary
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Stop At: Buckingham Palace, Spur Road, London SW1A 1AA England

Built in 1703 and originally known as Buckingham House, the building at the core of today's palace was a large townhouse built for the Duke of Buckingham. on a site that had been in private ownership for at least 150 years. It was acquired by King George III in 1761 as a private residence for Queen Charlotte and became known as The Queen's House. During the 19th century it was enlarged, principally by architects John Nash and Edward Blore, who constructed three wings around a central courtyard. Buckingham Palace became the London residence of the British monarch on the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: St. James's Palace, London England

St James's Palace is the most senior royal palace in the United Kingdom. Located in the City of Westminster, although no longer the principal residence of the monarch, it is the ceremonial meeting place of the Accession Council and the London residence of several minor members of the royal family.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: St. James's Park, Horse Guards Road The Storeyard, London SW1A 2BJ England

St James's Park is a 23-hectare (57-acre) park in the City of Westminster, central London. The park lies at the southernmost tip of the St James's area, which was named after a leper hospital dedicated to St James the Less. It is the most easterly of a near-continuous chain of parks that also includes (moving westward) Green Park, Hyde Park, and Kensington Gardens.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Wellington Barracks Birdcage Walk, London SW1E 6HQ England

Wellington Barracks is a military barracks in Westminster, central London, for the Foot Guards battalions on public duties in that area. The building is located about three hundred yards from Buckingham Palace, allowing the guard to be able to reach the palace very quickly in an emergency, and lies between Birdcage Walk and Petty France. Three companies are based at the barracks, as well as all of the Foot Guards bands and the regimental headquarters.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Green Park, Piccadilly, London W1J 9EJ England

The Green Park, usually known without the article simply as Green Park, is one of the Royal Parks of London. It is located in the City of Westminster, Central London. First enclosed in 16th century, it was landscaped in 1820 and is notable among central London parks for having no lakes or buildings, and only minimal flower planting in the form of naturalised narcissus.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall, Horse Guards Whitehall, London SW1A 2AX England

Horse Guards Parade was formerly the site of the Palace of Whitehall's tiltyard, where tournaments (including jousting) were held in the time of Henry VIII. It was also the scene of annual celebrations of the birthday of Queen Elizabeth I. The area has been used for a variety of reviews, parades and other ceremonies since the 17th century.

Duration: 10 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Exclusions
  • Entry/Admission - Buckingham Palace
  • Entry/Admission - St. James's Palace
  • Entry/Admission - St. James's Park
  • Entry/Admission - Wellington Barracks
  • Entry/Admission - Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall


Departure Point
Green Park Station, Piccadilly, London W1J 9DZ, UK


Departure Time
9:30 AM

Duration
2 hours

Return Details
Horse Guards Parade, Westminster, London SW1A 2EX, UK


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