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March with the Guards: Changing of the Guard ceremonies and Buckingham Palace

Free cancellation
Duration: up to 1 hour 30 minutes
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Safety measures applied

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See two separate Changing of the Guards Ceremonies (one with horses!) from 4 different vantage points that let you get as close as possible to the action

Walk alongside the Queen's Life Guard as they cross the park

Tour St. James's Park with stops at Buckingham Palace and St. James Palace

What to expect

As the people begin to jostle in front of Buckingham Palace to watch the Changing of the Guard, this tour will take you away from the crowds and over to St. James Palace to witness the guards preparing to make their famous march. Believe it or not, it’s not all for show; these are real soldiers with real weapons carrying out their daily duty of protecting the Palace.

Your guide will talk about what their duties include and the significance of their highly-symbolic uniforms. As they leave, you'll march alongside them (no, you don’t get to wear a hat), then head over to a special vantage point near the Wellington Barracks, home to all the Foot Guard’s Bands, that lets you get as close as possible to the action.

Next, you'll stroll across St. James’s Park and learn about the history of this royal green space which is among the most famous of the green spaces that cover nearly 47% of greater London. Arriving at the Horse Guards Parade, you'll watch the equally-impressive, but often overlooked Changing of the Queen’s Life Guard, which features mounted, armor-clad soldiers and their immaculately groomed steeds.

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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

Guided walking tour

Expert guide

What's not included


Hotel pick-up or drop-off


Spur Rd, London SW1A 2BJ, UK

Meeting point:

  • Please meet your guide at the top of the steps of the Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace.


Walks LLC - London

Cancellation policy

Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 72 hours before the activity begins.

Important to know

  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory
  • Please note that you must arrive 10 minutes before your tour departs
  • The maximum number of people per tour is 10 people
  • This tour runs rain or shine. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress accordingly to the weather
  • Infants (0-1 years old) go free and require a ticker, please select their free ticket during checkout