Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

Changing of the Guard*: Departs from the Visitor Centre at 10.00am, generally on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

Horse Guards Parade: Departs from the Visitor Centre at 10.00am, generally on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

With Buckingham Palace as the backdrop, The Changing of the Guard walking tour is an experience you don’t want to miss and is free with your 24-hour or 48-hour Original Tour bus ticket. A tradition that is centuries old, the Guard Change is a ceremony which is led by real, front-line soldiers from The British Army.

Join our expert guide and admire two of London’s most royal sites. Firstly, you will stroll past St James’s Palace; the most senior royal palace in the UK. The palace was built as an elaborate gesture by King Henry VIII to his then-wife, Anne Boleyn - before he beheaded her of course. It’s here that the ceremony begins, as the New Guard sets off for Buckingham Palace.

Your guide will march you alongside the soldiers en-route to Buckingham Palace before securing the best views in the house. Dressed in the iconic red tunics and bearskin hats, the Foot Guards are usually led by the Corps of Drums. On the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, the New Guard swaps places with the Old Guard, in a ceremony that is renowned across the world.

For those days where the Changing of the Guard does not take place outside Buckingham Palace, (which is usually Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) visitors will be able to enjoy spectating the ceremony at Horse Guards Parade situated just off Whitehall in Central London.

When does the Changing of the Guard take place?

The Changing of the Guard takes place at Buckingham Palace at 11am but the full ceremony occurs in three locations. These are St James’s Palace, Buckingham Palace and Wellington Barracks. To get to the right location at the right time, take our Changing of the Guards walking tour for free with your 24-hour or 48-hour Original Tour bus ticket.

The time for the Changing of the Guard at Horse Guards Parade is 11am, or 10am on a Sunday, and this is the Changing of the Queen’s Life Guard ceremony.

Changing of the Guard Tour Departures

Horse Guards Parade: Departs from The Original Tour Visitor Centre at 10.00am, generally on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Changing of the Guard*: Departs from The Original Tour Visitor Centre at 10.00am, generally on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

*Please note that that the times and dates of the Changing of the Guard ceremony are subject to change. For an up to date Changing of the Guard timetable, give us a call on (0)20 8877 1722 to find out more about our free walking tour.

If you are visiting Buckingham Palace for Changing of the Guard, our tour departs from The Original Tour Visitor Centre at 10.00am, generally every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Purchase a 24-hour or 48-hour Original Tour bus ticket to enjoy this free Changing of the Guard tour!

We have two other walking tours on offer which you can also enjoy for free with a 24 or 48-hour bus ticket! Check out the Rock n Roll Walking Tour and our Jack the Ripper Walking Tour now.