Castle & palace tours

Ultimate Changing of the Guard experience with Westminster dome climb tour

Availability: Mondays and Wednesdays
Duration: 5 hours
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Do this because
  • Enjoy the iconic Changing the Guard ceremony from special vantage points with fewer crowds
  • Witness the Horse Guards Parade and learn about the lesser-known but equally impressive ceremony
  • Take in incredible views of central London from a special rooftop near the Houses of Parliament
What to expect

Start your tour at the Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace with your guide and a small group. While the front of the Palace is mobbed with spectators, you’ll head over to a series of special vantage points near Wellington Barracks, where most of the protocol that makes up the ceremony happens. Your guide will bring you into the highly symbolic world of the British military, where every badge, button, and color is imbued with centuries-old stories and traditions.

After you’ve witnessed these two jaw-dropping ceremonies, there is one more surprise for you. Your tour will end on top of an exclusive dome in Westminster that has the best views in the city of Westminster Abbey and 360-degree views over the rest of the city. Spared from the Blitz because of its similarities (in the eyes of German bombers) to St. Paul’s Dome, it is one of the hidden gems of the area and it’s only open to your group!

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What's included
  • Changing the Guard (from special vantage points)
  • Exclusive rooftop access for panoramic views
  • Expert local tour guide
What's not included
  • Hotel pick-up or drop-off
  • Food and beverages
  • Gratuities
Where

Constitution Hill, London SW1A 1AA, UK

Meeting point:

This tour meets at the top of the steps of the Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace.

What to remember
  • This tour ends with access to an exclusive panoramic viewpoint but access may be limited due to local events
  • Due to security reasons, this viewpoint is not accessible to children under the age of 16, pregnant women and people with heart conditions
  • During inclement weather conditions, the Guard Change might not take place. In these rare cases, you will still get a tour of the main sites and will see the Horse Guard change
  • There are 166 steps to reach the top of the dome therefore, it is inaccessible to guests with mobility impairments (wheelchair users and/or strollers)
  • The tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time
  • If you wish to cancel your booking, please email info@takewalks.com at least 72-hours before your chosen tour time
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When
  • This tour runs on Mondays and Wednesdays
  • It leaves at 9.45am and lasts for 5 hours
  • The meeting time is 9.30am
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Provider
Walks LLC - London
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to 72 hours before the activity begins.

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