The Best Buckingham Palace Tour 2023
About the Buckingham Palace Tour
Explore the magnificent Buckingham Palace by going on this guided walking tour. Find out many interesting stories about the history and tradition of the royal family from an expert tour guide. Also, don’t miss an opportunity to watch the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony and gain a fascinating insight into this famous British spectacle!
Buckingham Palace Tour
Step away from the crowds outside Buckingham Palace and embark on this exclusive tour for a front-row seat to the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony. Your expert tour guide will take you to the best viewing points, where you will have an opportunity to witness the entire spectacle in peace from start to finish.
Gain full insight into the centuries-old British tradition and learn all about its origins which date back to the 15th century. Marvel at the beauty of Buckingham Palace from the outside as the tour guide tells you all about this world’s famous working royal palace. See the marvelous Queen’s Victoria Memorial statue and discover some interesting facts about the Royal Mews, beautiful State Apartments, and Throne Room.
Don’t miss an opportunity to record a video of the Queen’s Foot Guards or Horse Guards marching to Buckingham Palace. Discover the fascinating secrets about the soldiers’ stern expressions, their red uniforms, and those iconic black bearskin hats.
As part of this Buckingham Palace tour, you will also be provided with a headset so you can clearly hear your guide during the entire experience.
Why wait and miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the beauty and uniqueness of Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard ceremony in the best way? Secure your spot by booking this tour now!
- Changing of the guard ceremony
- Visits to St. James’s Palace, St. James’s Park, Horse Guards Parade, & Buckingham Palace (only visible from outside)
- English-speaking tour guide
- Small group tour
- Food & drinks
Tour Meeting Point
Your tour will begin at the address: Carlton House Terrace, St James, SW1Y 5AJ, London.
Watch the guard exchange ceremony and gain a fascinating insight into this famous British spectacle.
Learn all about the centuries-old tradition and history of the royal family by going on this guided walking tour from St. James’s Park to Buckingham Palace.
You’ll be accompanied by an expert guide who will take you to renowned locations where royalties usually hang out.
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Changing of the Guards Ceremony – Dates & Times
Changing the Guard Provisional Dates
- From August to May: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays
- During the June and July: Daily
Changing of the Guards Times
A Changing of the Guard ritual takes place in front of Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace, and Wellington Barracks.
- 10:43 AM – Old Guard leaves St. James’s Palace
- 10:57 AM – New Guard leaves Wellington Barrack
- 11:00 AM – Ceremony officially starts
- 11:10 AM – St. James’s Palace relief leaves Buckingham Palace
- 11:25 AM – Relieved sentries leave St James’s Palace
- 11:40 AM – Old Guard leaves Buckingham Palace
- 11:45 AM – St. James’s Palace Guard leaves Buckingham Palace
Please note that timings can change and that the Guard Mount can sometimes occur without music!
Good to know before you go
- Please keep in mind that the Changing of the Guard won’t take place in case of heavy rain.
- Please arrive early, at least 15 minutes before the tour starts.
- Cancellation and rescheduling are possible until 24 hours before the tour starts.
- Please note that this tour doesn’t include a visit to Buckingham Palace and Queen’s Gallery, only a walking tour around it.
FAQ – Changing Of The Guard & Buckingham Palace Tour
Are tours allowed in Buckingham Palace?You can go on a guided tour of Buckingham Palace during the winter and spring on selected dates when the palace is open for visitors. The palace is also open to the public for ten weeks each summer.
How long is the tour around Buckingham Palace?The Buckingham Palace tour takes 1.5 hours. During that time, you will see the iconic Changing of the Guard ritual and learn all about the fascinating history of the Royal family from your expert tour guide.
Is there a dress code for the Buckingham Palace tour?There isn't any special dress code you need to follow when visiting Buckingham Palace. Although, we highly recommend wearing comfortable footwear because there is almost a mile walk from the palace to its gardens.
What is the best time to go to Buckingham Palace?If you want to access and explore Buckingham Palace, the summer season is the best time to visit. The State Rooms are open to the public for a few select dates during the winter and spring, but summer is the primary season for tours. Also, at that time, the weather is very nice, which will allow you to fully enjoy the Changing of the Guard Ceremony.
What other similar sites should I visit while in London?Whether you are a true history buff or just want to know more about London's history and culture, we highly recommend visiting the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Kensington Palace, Hampton Court Palace, and the Houses of Parliament.
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Fantastic Buckingham Palace Tour!
This entire 1 hour and 45 minutes long tour was incredible! Our guide, Sarah, was very knowledgeable and funny. She told us many interesting stories about Buckingham Palace and the royal family in such an entertaining way. It was impressive to watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony. After finishing our tour, we spent some time at the Garden Cafe and enjoyed the beautiful environment. This is definitely a tour that I won't forget soon!
A memorable tour with a knowledgeable tour guide!
Our tour guide, Marcus, truly impressed us with his extensive knowledge of royal history! Not only did he provide insightful commentary, but he also went the extra mile to take some amazing pictures of my husband and me in front of Queen Victoria's memorial. Many thanks for that! Witnessing the Changing of the Guard ceremony was a truly magnificent experience. Marcus even shared fascinating insights about the soldiers' stoic expressions and the significance of their iconic red tunics, which left us quite surprised. Highly recommend everyone to book this tour - it is 100% worth it!
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Discover the fascinating history & tradition of British royalty!
- Expert tour guide
- Easy booking process
- Small group tour
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