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Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

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You may be thinking that the best place to view the Changing of the Guard is at the gates of Buckingham Palace but this is not the case.
It's often overcrowded and the chance of you seeing much can be somewhat disappointing.
Most of the best vantage points happen away from the Palace, and on this tour you will be able to get much closer.
At St James's Palace the guards form up and then we'll wait on the Mall to watch the Household Cavalry go by in their dazzling uniforms.
We'll see Clarence House and then take a position away from the throngs of other tourists so you can see the guards march past you in front of the Palace and we'll march with them to Wellington Barracks for the end of the ceremony.
Please note, that during bad weather the ceremony can be cancelled at short notice.
If this occurs then the tour will take place at Horseguards Parade where you can see the Household Cavalry doing the change.
Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the start time of the tour.

What You'll Get

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Duke Of York Column, Waterloo Place, London England

Frederck Duke of York, Commander in Chief of the Army

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Memorial, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AG England

Memorial to the Queen's parents.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: St. James's Palace, Marlborough Rd, St. James's, London SW1A 1BS England

Here we will watch the old guard form up before they set off for Buckingham Palace

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Clarence House, St. James's Palace, London SW1A 2WH England

Home of HRH Prince Charles and other Royalty

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Queen Victoria Memorial, The Mall, London England

The white marble memorial commemorates Queen Victoria, the first monarch to move into Buckingham Palace.

Duration: 10 minutes

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

We'll watch the guards leave the Palace on their way to Wellington Barracks

Duration: 30 minutes

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

The old guard stands down

Duration: 15 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • English Speaking Tour Guide

  • We don't visit the interiors of any of the buidlings we see on this tour
  • Entry/Admission - Duke Of York Column
  • Entry/Admission - King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Memorial
  • Entry/Admission - St. James's Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Clarence House
  • Entry/Admission - Queen Victoria Memorial
  • Entry/Admission - Buckingham Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Wellington Barracks

1 hour 30 minutes

Return Details
20 Birdcage Walk, Westminster, London SW1E 6HQ, UK

Voucher Info
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The Fine Print

14-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operator's terms and conditions for this offer here.