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
*Please note that that the times and dates of our Changing of the Guard walking tour are subject to change. Give us a call on (0)20 8877 1722 for up to date information on our free walking tour.
With Buckingham Palace as the backdrop, The Changing of the Guard walking tour is an experience you don’t want to miss.A tradition that is centuries old, the Guard Change is a ceremony that is led by real, front-line soldiers from The British Army.
The Changing of the Guard tour at Buckingham Palace departs from our Visitor Centre at 10.00am generally every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
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 set 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 swap 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 situated just off Whitehall in Central London.