small group royal Tour - Change of the lifeguard and royal palaces

When

Check in at 9.20am. Tour starts promptly at 9.30am. Finishes at Horse guards parade, 11.15am. 

Where

Meet in front of the Royal Academy of Arts. 

Note that we see the change of the guard involving horse guards rather than the change of the guard involving foot guards with bearskin hats at Buckingham Palace on this tour. 

How Much

Adults £18.    Full time student/ disabled / children under 18 – £15

Family tickets (for 2 adults and 2 children under 18yrs) £15 each. *

* Small booking fee is added.

Wonderful tour of the royal quarter of London where we will take in the two main palaces – Buckingham and St James – as well as two royal parks, the famous processional route and to cap it all off, the incredible change of the lifeguard ceremony. For your benefit we will have a small group – no more than 15 people per group!

Starting off with a stroll into the royal quarter, we will see the Queen’s London residence Buckingham Palace, locate Prince Charles’ home Clarence House, and take in King Henry VIII’s home, St James Palace.

Then we take a leisurely walk through the stunning St James Park and get ready for the iconic Change of the Guard ceremony at Horseguards Parade ground. 

We’ll use our expertise to ensure you are in the best position to witness this 350 year old ceremony involving the Household Cavalry. 

This tour is for anybody who would like to see a change of the guard ceremony in London but would like to stay away from the crowds, and also have a more slow paced and relaxed tour compared to our popular change of the guard tour. And of course, if you like horses, you’ll particularly love it!

If you want to find out more about this ceremony, take a moment to read this short article. To extend this tour to enjoy a boat cruise and the Tower of London, check out this tour

Check for any travel disruptions the night before and leave extra time to arrive as London has a lot of traffic and can have strikes, road closures and long delays.

Ensure you arrive 5 to 10 minutes early as we will leave promptly at 9.30am. 

Please note that we will not go inside the palaces. We will see the change of the guard ceremony involving horse guards on this tour, not the change of the guard at Buckingham Palace involving foot guards with bearskin hats.

Out of respect to the other customers we do not answer the phone once the tour has started.

Highlights

  • Witness a ceremony whose history and splendour is beyond compare
  • Have an acclaimed tour guide to lead you around
  • Stand within 6 feet of the Horse Guards
  • Escape the hassle of travel arrangements, and let us look after you!
  • Exclusive small group sizes – no more than 15 people per guide. Preferable to the excessively large groups of other tour companies!

Disclaimer: The British Army can alter the date of the Guard Change Ceremony, and can change or cancel it at their discretion. No matter how bad the weather, the walk will still go ahead, as the final notification of ceremony cancellation will not be made by the British Army and police until 11am. Although unlikely, the ceremony has been known to proceed in the rain before! If the ceremony is cancelled, you will see the Wet Change (horse guards will pass by you but won’t stop)

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