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Changing of the Guard Tours and Tickets

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The Changing of the Guard is a centuries-old tradition that marks the official shift change of the Household Regiment—the Queen's guards stationed at Buckingham Palace. One of the world's most famous ceremonies and a top London experience, this ceremony gives visitors the chance to witness the grandeur of a royal march. Dressed in their iconic red suits and bearskin hats, the guards exemplify classic British pomp in a showing that's not to be missed.

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Daily 11:30am
Buckingham Palace Road, London, England, SW1
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Changing of the Guard Small-Group Walking Tour

Changing of the Guard Small-Group Walking Tour

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No visit to England would be complete without experiencing quintessential traditions such as the Changing of the Guard. See British culture come to life from select prime vantage points. In a small group limited to 20, observe the Queen’s iconic foot guards, clad in red tunics and bearskin hats, and watch the household cavalry put on an impressive display. Follow history-rich guide commentary with ease using a headset.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$22.77
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$22.77

Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony

Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony

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Delve into London’s rich royal heritage during a visit to Buckingham Palace to see the Changing of the Guard Ceremony. Marvel at the traditional Changing of the Guard performance, which involves meticulously dressed soldiers marching to the rhythm of military drums. Then, enjoy an exclusive experience as you enter the opulent State Rooms of Buckingham Palace for an independent audio tour. See lavish chambers during a tour only available for two months of the year, and gain fascinating insight into the history of the British monarchy.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.96
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Changing of the Guard Guided Walking Tour in London
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Changing of the Guard Guided Walking Tour in London

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Get up close to the iconic Royal Guards on this interactive walking tour of London. Learn about London’s royal heritage as you pass sights like Pall Mall, the Duke of York Column, the Royal Society and Marlborough House, then enjoy a prime view of the famous Changing of the Guards ceremony. Not only do you see the military bands and marching guards, you also get to march alongside the Old Guard, as they head from St. James Palace to Wellington Barracks.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$24.04
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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

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Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with stops including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights and upgrade to the fast-track London Eye option to get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel. Hop off at Westminster Pier or Tower of London stop to enjoy a Thames River cruise.
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  • 2 hours 20 minutes to 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.68
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March with the Guards: Changing of the Guard Tour
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March with the Guards: Changing of the Guard Tour

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Don’t just watch the Changing of the Guards; get as close as you can to the action. On this exclusive Buckingham Palace tour, you’ll discover the best vantage points and most secluded spots for a close-up peek at London’s most popular spectacle. Witness two different ceremonies from four different angles, and listen to an in-depth background on the history of the iconic tradition.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$24.04
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$24.04

Private Tower of London Opening Ceremony with Changing of The Guard and Cruise
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Private Tower of London Opening Ceremony with Changing of The Guard and Cruise

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Discover London’s royal history and sights on a London tour by foot and boat. Start with an early access visit to the Tower of London to see the opening ceremony and Crown Jewels without the usual daytime crowds. Then, take to the water on a half-hour River Thames sightseeing cruise. Stroll to Horse Guard’s Parade or Buckingham Palace to see the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony, and learn all about the British Royal Family from a knowledgeable local guide.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.64
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Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade
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Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade

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See the English capital’s top landmarks on this most comprehensive of London magical tours. Take a tour of beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral, then make a photo stop at Westminster Abbey. Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and visit the Tower of London, where you'll have free time for lunch (own expense). Enjoy an extended river sightseeing cruise, and upgrade to cap everything with a London Eye flight or cream tea at Harrods.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$136.63
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$136.63

Tootbus Must See London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Thames River Cruise

Tootbus Must See London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Thames River Cruise

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See the best of London without the stress of rigid tour times and massive crowds on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. With your flexible pass, hop aboard the double-decker, open-top bus for a comfortable sightseeing excursion. Great for kids and adults, your pass offers multiple route options with stops at main attractions like Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and more. Bonus features include a free city walking tour, a Thames River cruise, and local discounts.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$48.07
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$48.07

Royal London Tour with Changing of the Guard
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Royal London Tour with Changing of the Guard

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Experience London’s royal highlights on this sightseeing tour by coach, including the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Take a panoramic tour of the city with your guide, passing Kensington Palace and Westminster Abbey. You'll also see Trafalgar Square and Big Ben, and watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Upgrade to include an open-date ticket for the London Eye.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$56.93
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Changing of the Guard & Westminster Walking Tour
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Changing of the Guard & Westminster Walking Tour

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See British tradition come to life on this private or a small-group fully-guided Changing of the Guard and City of Westminster walking tour, where you get to experience two iconic London experiences combined in one morning with a local expert guide. Witness the age-old tradition of the Changing of the Guard from the best and the most photographable viewpoints, and explore the magnificent Westminster Abbey from outside, accompanied by your guide’s expert commentary.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.69
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London in a Day Private Custom Walking Tour
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London in a Day Private Custom Walking Tour

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Discover the spectacular sights of London by walk according to your own personal itinerary on a private custom tour of the vibrant capital with a knowledgeable guide. Opt to enjoy a half- or full-day tour and customize your itinerary according to your cultural and historical interests. Allow your expert guide to pre-plan logistics like public transportation and reservations, and then delve into the capital’s rich history by listening to illuminating commentary. See iconic attractions like Big Ben and the Tower of London, and stray from the conventional tourist trail for a unique experience of London.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$212.50
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$212.50
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Classic London Landmarks Bicycle Tour

Classic London Landmarks Bicycle Tour

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Discover the history and diversity of London by bike on a sightseeing tour. Led by a guide, pedal past the city's top sites, including Covent Garden, Buckingham Palace, Westminster, St. Paul's Cathedral, and Trafalgar Square. Along the way, learn about the city’s colorful history — the glorious, the infamous, and everything in between.  
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.27
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$49.27

The Changing of the Guard: Private and family tour
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The Changing of the Guard: Private and family tour

Changing of the Guards is definitely something that should be experienced when visiting London. Your guide will explain how the Changing of the Guard, also known as Guard Mounting, has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in London. You will see how the soldiers in place are “relieved” of their position in a very particular way while accompanied by a military fanfare. The soldiers have protected the King or Queen of England since the reign of Henry VII, who established the Royal Body Guard as a permanent institution. The tradition has continued for more than 500 years. All of the guards are dressed in a traditional red tunic and an easily recognizable bearskin helmet. The music that accompanies the changing of the guard can be either military or more contemporary. It is definitely an attraction that is not to be missed.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$218.90
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Private Custom Tour: Day Tour of London

Private Custom Tour: Day Tour of London

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Don’t visit London landmarks and listen to commentary that doesn’t interest you. Set your own itinerary and explore London your way on a private half- or full-day tour of England’s capital. Tick off all of the attractions on your personal checklist and take advantage of your private guide’s local insight by visiting hidden gems and unknown corners of the city. Choose the start time and meeting point of your tour and receive the undivided attention of your guide throughout. 
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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$325.76
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The Big Day out - London Eye Ticket, London Hop-on Hop-Off Tour & River Cruise

The Big Day out - London Eye Ticket, London Hop-on Hop-Off Tour & River Cruise

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See London from the streets, water, and sky with this great-value package that lets you explore London at your own pace. Easily reach top sights without spending a fortune on cab fare with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket valid for 1, 2, or 3 days. You’ll also get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel and glide past Parliament and Big Ben on a Thames River cruise (Fri-Sun only).
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.53
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London Eye Fast-Track Ticket with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise
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London Eye Fast-Track Ticket with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise

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Have only a short stay in London? See the best of the city—and enjoy a variety of sightseeing experiences—with this convenient package. Begin with a hop-on hop-off bus tour: pick from 24-, 48-, or 72-hour passes, and cruise around town at your own pace. Then, head to the London Eye, where you’ll enjoy fast-track entry and sky-high views. This package also includes a river cruise which currently operates Friday to Sunday.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$84.35
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Royal London Sightseeing Tour and Thames River Cruise
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Royal London Sightseeing Tour and Thames River Cruise

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Discover the regal residences and rich royal history of London on a sightseeing tour and Thames River cruise. With an accomplished guide, travel by luxury coach through the capital’s most opulent areas to see majestic landmarks like Big Ben and Kensington Palace. Gaze at a traditional Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace and then climb aboard a boat for a tranquil cruise on the River Thames. Glide past iconic sights like the London Eye and the Tower of London and enjoy illuminating commentary as you sail.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$61.99
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$61.99

Private Highlights Tour of London by car with Qualified 'Blue Badge' Guide

Private Highlights Tour of London by car with Qualified 'Blue Badge' Guide

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You can explore London with the complete attention of your guide on this family-friendly citywide adventure, including a flexible itinerary and stops at top attractions around the city. Travel comfortably in your private Mercedes tour vehicle with up to seven of your guests, and let your guide whisk you to must-see sights like Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and Hyde Park. You can hop out and visit the landmarks, stop for tours and photos, or just enjoy the charming city from the comfort of your van.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$948.80
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Full Day London Private Classic Tour
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Full Day London Private Classic Tour

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Optimize your time in the British capital on a private full-day tour, zipping between landmarks by traditional black cab for an authentic London experience. Discover iconic highlights such as the London Eye, Tower of London, and Buckingham Palace and enjoy plenty of stops for pictures or a closer look. Benefit from your guide’s personalized recommendations to add additional stops according to your interests.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$664.16
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Changing of the Guard Walking Tour in London
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Changing of the Guard Walking Tour in London

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Get up close to the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace! The Changing of the Guard is the changeover of the Queen's guard and, on this London walking tour, you'll stand in the best spots to watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony, march next to the Buckingham Palace guards and get the best Changing of the Guard photos! Along the way your local tour guide will explain the Changing of the Guard process as you watch the Queen's Foot Guards, the Household Cavalry and the Regimental Musical Bands march towards Buckingham Palace in one of the most inspiring British events in all its pomp and pageantry. With a small group, you'll also learn about landmarks including St James's Palace and Clarence House, and visit the heartland of British Royalty and Government to learn about Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. The Changing of the Guard offers the best London sightseeing opportunities, with this walking tour being one of the must-do sightseeing tours in London.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$12.65
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$12.65

Private Guided and Chauffeured Tour of London

Private Guided and Chauffeured Tour of London

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Make like a VIP in London with a private guide, personal chauffeur, and an itinerary tailor-made for you. Choose between a 3- or 6-hour tour and admire landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and the Tower of London; hit the shops at Harrods or Oxford Street; or explore the local neighborhoods. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
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$474.40
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Private Custom Tour: Half Day Sightseeing Tour of London

Private Custom Tour: Half Day Sightseeing Tour of London

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Don’t visit London landmarks and listen to commentary that doesn’t interest you—set your own itinerary and explore London your way on this private tour of England’s capital. Tick off all of the attractions of your personal checklist and take advantage of your private guide’s local insight by visiting hidden gems and unknown corners of the city. Choose the start time and meeting point of your tour and receive the undivided attention of your guide throughout.  
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$325.76
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Royal London Tour including Buckingham Palace & Changing of the Guard

Royal London Tour including Buckingham Palace & Changing of the Guard

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Discover London’s top attractions with ease and efficiency on a 5-hour panoramic tour of London in an air-conditioned vehicle, which includes a Changing of the Guard ceremony and access to Buckingham Palace. You’ll visit top London attractions such as St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey before watching iconic London soldiers parade outside the Queen’s official residence. Then, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of Buckingham Palace, only available for eight weeks each year.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$107.53
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Tootbus London by Night: Sightseeing Bus Tour
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Tootbus London by Night: Sightseeing Bus Tour

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Get to know the city that never sleeps on this after-dark sightseeing bus tour and river cruise. Listen to your guide’s illuminating commentary as you zip between landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and the Tower of London, then transfer to river boat for a different perspective of the capital’s night-time skyline.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$31.63
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What people are saying about Changing-of-the-Guard tours and tickets

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Changing of the Guard Small-Group Walking Tour
"Michael was knowledgable,, friendly and quite humorous. It kept the tour light and enjoyable. Let us know what to expect every step of the way"..."
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Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony
"Nathan was an excellent tour guide, and he gave us lots of very detailed information. He was very thorough, and made it a pleasant afternoon on a cool day. We really enjoyed the self guided tour of the palace with all it's grandeur and history."..."
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Changing of the Guard Guided Walking Tour in London
"We had Amber as our guide and she was energetic and incredibly knowledgeable even with remote facts. We had a front row seat to the changing of the guard. Highly rexommended"..."
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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise
"We loved the Big Bus Tour. Such an easy way to see the best of London’s sights. Helpful & Polite staffs"..."
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March with the Guards: Changing of the Guard Tour
"What a great experience! Our guide, Richard, was knowledgeable and very personable, bringing the history to life. I would do any tour that he is guiding!"..."
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Private Tower of London Opening Ceremony with Changing of The Guard and Cruise
"It was a lovely trip, with a look at the Crown Jewels and the armour exhibitions. A wonderful guide (Georgie) with a lot og knowledge. We didn’t see the shift of the guard due to rehaersal for the celebrations for the Queen"..."
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Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade
"Was a very good overview of London. Our guide Karen was outstanding, very helpful and knowledgeable. The only warning is that entrance and exit to the Eye can be a challenge for some."..."
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Tootbus Must See London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Thames River Cruise
"It was great and enjoyable tour. Everything is good but the number of bus is limited. The waiting time is too long. Suggesting to increase the frequency during the public holiday."..."
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Royal London Tour with Changing of the Guard
"Changing of the Guard and explanation of all the landmark sights. Guide Leslye was outstanding. Incredible wealth of information."..."
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Changing of the Guard & Westminster Walking Tour
"We had a great tour of Westminster by Augusta August 2017 and she was very good in her knowledge of history, detail and a great tour guide! She knew a great viewing spot exactly where to go for changing of the guard and her timing was perfect so we can see it all. It was wonderful."..."
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London in a Day Private Custom Walking Tour
"David was our perfect guide for the day! We walked 7.6 miles and saw sights and ate food we would not have found on our own. David was knowledgeable about history, culture and cuisine. Worth every penny and hope to spend time with him again!"..."
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Classic London Landmarks Bicycle Tour
"Our tour guide was excellent. He had tons of energy and was very funny. He focused on everyone. He also shared a lot of knowledge with us. Lastly he always watched to make sure we were safe and nobody was lost. I would do the trip gladly over sitting in a bus. He was the highlight of the day."..."
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Private Custom Tour: Day Tour of London
"Gio was the most awesome guide we have ever used! He addressed our wants and as a matter of point went one further then needed. As we were saying our goodbyes I mentioned that we missed one stop that we originally discussed, he told us to follow him and took us there even though we were way over our scheduled time. That’s true customer service!!!"..."
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The Big Day out - London Eye Ticket, London Hop-on Hop-Off Tour & River Cruise
"I love the audio tour facts and that I can hop on/off enjoying sights in-between stops. Definitely start early if you plan on visiting other attractions in the area."..."
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London Eye Fast-Track Ticket with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise
"The view from the london eye are amazing, you could see Buckingham palace and all over London very clearly. We had a hop on hop off 48 hour bus ticket for the big bus company. We thought that this was fantastic you get to go around all of the sights with an audio guide it is really worth the money. We are coming back next year and bringing more family."..."
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Royal London Sightseeing Tour and Thames River Cruise
"That day was raining, but we didnt mind because we were overwhelmed in the changing of the guard. I love to live in this country. Beautiful!!!"..."
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Private Highlights Tour of London by car with Qualified 'Blue Badge' Guide
"Glen was fantastic. Professional, friendly, funny and knowledgeable. This is a great tour. I don’t generally do reviews good or bad but this was to good an experience to not let others know."..."
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Full Day London Private Classic Tour
"Moses was very knowledgeable, amicable and professional. We were able to see and enjoy a lot of what the city has to offer in a short period of time."..."
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Changing of the Guard Walking Tour in London
"Our tour guide, Mike, was very knowledgeable and did an excellent job of getting us in prime areas to watch the Changi of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience and would highly recommend this tour!"..."
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Private Guided and Chauffeured Tour of London
"Your guide Chris made it the best tour, he showed us great sites but what was best is he had a great personality and attitude. We saw things at the pace we wanted too."..."
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Private Custom Tour: Half Day Sightseeing Tour of London
"Gio was extremely flexible in accommodating us when our flight was delayed. He took us all over London and beyond‼️He was knowledgeable, friendly, personable and we saw more of London in 3.5 hours than we have the 2 previous times we have been here🥰"..."
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Tootbus London by Night: Sightseeing Bus Tour
"Great tour guide and easy way to get a quick overview of the history that London holds… helps in deciding what are the areas you would like to return to! Also not too long to start boring the children. It was engaging till the end for my son."..."
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Changing of the Guard hours of operation: Daily 11:30am. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.