Buckingham Palace skip-the-line tour with Changing of the Guard
Castle & palace tours

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

based on 62 reviews
Availability: Daily
Duration: up to 2 hours 45 minutes
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Do this because
  • 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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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
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food and beverages
Reduced price
  • Children (5-14 years)
  • Infants (4 years and under): free

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.

What to remember
  • Please be aware that in heavy rain the Changing of the Guard will not take place
  • 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

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  • On Sundays the tour will meet at 9.30am with a departure time of 9.45am
  • On Mondays to Saturdays the tour will meet at 10.15am with a departure time of 10.30am
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Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to 1 day before the activity begins.
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