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Buckingham Palace skip-the-line tour with Changing of the Guard

Free cancellation
Duration: up to 2 hours 45 minutes
Language: English
Availability: Daily
Mobile voucher accepted
Safety measures applied

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Experience the Changing of the Guard from a great viewpoint

Listen to your guide's live commentary of the ceremony

Enter Buckingham Palace immediately with pre-booked tickets

Explore the State Rooms with an audioguide

What to expect

Get the royal treatment in London with a narrated viewing of the Changing of the Guard and a visit to Buckingham Palace.

You’ll meet your guide and be taken to an area with a prime view of the Changing of the Guard. This colorful ceremony is one of the oldest traditions at the Palace, with red tunics, bearskin hats, and occasionally pop music.

Please note that if you book on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday, enjoy the Household Cavalry change the guard at Horse Guards parade, with their unmistakeable silver plumed helmets and mounted on their magnificent horses.

Afterwards, your guide will take a moment to describe the history of Buckingham Palace before sending you right in. Traditionally, guides are not allowed to speak inside, so you will receive an official audioguide. You’ll be able to explore this royal home at your own pace. Take the time to admire the world-famous artwork and furnishings. With 19 State Rooms, a ballroom, and the throne room, you’re sure to see impressive elements of the Royal Collection. It’s a regal experience you won’t want to miss.

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COVID-19 information

The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.

Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds

The experience complies with government regulations

Social distancing is enforced

Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected

Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors

All gear/equipment is sanitized between use

What's included

Pre-booked admission to Buckingham Palace

Changing of the Guard (weather permitting)

Expert, English-speaking tour guide

Headsets, when necessary

What's not included


Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Food and beverages


9 Carlton House Terrace, St. James's, London SW1Y 5AJ, UK

Meeting point:

Please meet by the Duke of York column at Waterloo Place. This is the tall column with the statue on top. If you are arriving by tube, take the tube to Piccadilly Circus and take exit No. 3 onto Regent Street/St James. Walk south down Regent Street towards St James Park (do not walk north towards Oxford Street). Waterloo Place is at the end of Regent Street. You will see the tall column with a statue on top. If you arrive into Charing Cross Station, walk down the Mall towards Buckingham Palace. You will see the statue on your right at the top of some steps. The tour will end inside Buckingham Palace.


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Cancellation policy

Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 1 day before the activity begins.

Important to know

  • Please be aware that in heavy rain the Changing of the Guard will not take place
  • Please note that the changing of the guard schedule may change and on different dates we will see either footguards or horseguards.
  • This tour is unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. It is also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages
  • Photography is not permitted within Buckingham Palace but is allowed within the gardens
  • This is a tour that involves a reasonable amount of walking. For this reason, comfortable shoes are recommended for all guests