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  1. Original Tour - Changing the Guard Walking Tour

Changing the Guard Walking Tour

An Iconic British Tradition - Not to be missed!

An Unmissable Part of your London Experience

Join this 90 minute walking tour which explores the history of Britain's Royal family. In a tradition which dates back centuries, the Changing the Guard ceremony is a must-see whether you're a first time visitor to London or being a tourist for the day. 

This walking tour departs daily at 10am from The Original London Visitor Centre at Trafalgar Square. The Guard Change at Buckingham Palace (generally) takes place on Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday. On other days of the week, this walking tour visits St James's Palace and Buckingham Palace before watching the Guard Change at Horse Guard's Parade. 

March from St James's Palace to Buckingham Palace alongside the iconic soldiers in their red jackets & bearskin hats - don't get too close, they are real soldiers! Your Original Tour guide will tell you all about the history of the ceremony & the regiments of soldiers you can see.

At Buckingham Palace, the New Guard swap places with the Old Guard, handing over the keys to the palace - in a ceremony that is famous all around the world. 

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  • This Walking Tour operates every day but will have a different itinerary depending on the day of the week. Generally, the Buckingham Palace Guard Change is Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday but please do check first. 

    How it works:

    1. Purchase your ticket online 
    2. Receive your email confirmation 
    3. Download your ticket (valid for any date within 6 months of purchase) 
    4. Show your ticket to start the tour 


  • The Changing the Guard Walking Tour departs daily at 10am from The Original London Visitor Centre at Trafalgar Square. No need to book a specific date, your voucher is valid for any day within 6 months of purchase. 

    Explore and learn about the Changing the Guard ceremony, Buckingham Palace & the history of the Royal Family in London:

    • St James's Palace
    • Buckingham Palace
    • Pall Mall
    • The Household Division 
    • Horse Guards Parade
    • The history of the Guard Change ceremony  
  • Changing the Guard Walking Tour: £10 per person

    Vouchers valid for use any time within 6 months of purchase. 

    Upgrade to a 24h hop-on hop-off bus tour ticket to access all bus tour routes as well as three Walking Tours (including Changing the Guard) as well our Thames River Cruises, operated by City Cruises. 

  • Group Bookings: All of our walking tours can be booked in advance for groupsPlease call us on +44 (0)20 8877 2120 (Monday – Friday, 9am - 5.30pm GMT) or email for further details.