Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony & Afternoon Tea

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Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony & Afternoon Tea
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Enjoy three quintessential British experiences on a 4.5-hour royal London tour, combining the legendary Changing of the Guard ceremony with an audio tour of Buckingham Palace and an afternoon tea. After learning all about the British Royal Family from an expert local guide, stroll to a prestigious central London hotel to finish the tour with scones, finger sandwiches and an oh-so-British cup of tea.

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In Brief

Location:
Greater London, United Kingdom
Country:
United Kingdom
Duration:
4 hours 45 minutes
Operates:
Daily
Highlights:
All entrance fees included
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Small-group tour
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Stop At: St. James's Park, Horse Guards Road The Storeyard, London SW1A 2BJ England

Greet your guide at a central London location and take a picturesque stroll through St James’s Park to Buckingham Palace, the magnificent official residence of Her Majesty the Queen.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall, Horse Guards Whitehall, London SW1A 2AX England

Stop in a prime position either along The Mall, by Horse Guards Parade or in front of the palace to behold the Changing of the Guard, a colorful and traditional ceremony that combines vibrantly dressed soldiers and rhythmic drum beats.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Changing of the Guard, Constitution Hill Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA England

Stop in a prime position either along The Mall, by Horse Guards Parade or in front of the palace to behold the Changing of the Guard, a colorful and traditional ceremony that combines vibrantly dressed soldiers and rhythmic drum beats.

Please note: if there is heavy rain on the day of your tour, the Changing of the Guard ceremony will be replaced with a visit to the Guard’s Chapel.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Buckingham Palace, Spur Road, London SW1A 1AA England

Then, prepare to enter one of Britain’s most iconic cultural institutions. Listen to illuminating commentary from your guide as you stroll to the entrance of the regal residence, only open for two months of the year. Pop in your audio guide and embark on a fascinating discovery of the luxurious chambers; marvel at opulent accessories like suspended chandeliers, classic artworks and sumptuous furniture as you explore the gorgeous State Apartments.

When your tour of Buckingham Palace concludes, head to an elegant venue to pleasure your palate to an enticing array known as afternoon tea. Indulge in this 18th-century tradition in the elegant surroundings of your hotel dining area and enjoy scones smothered with sweet preserves and thick clotted cream, and dainty finger sandwiches filled with fine ingredients. Bid your guide farewell inside the hotel, where the tour concludes.

Duration: 3 hours

Inclusions

  • Professional guide
  • Audio guide at Buckingham Palace
  • Afternoon tea
  • Entry/Admission - Buckingham Palace

Exclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities

Departure Point

Duke of York Column, St. James's, London SW1Y 5AJ, UK

Returns To

Buckingham Gate, Westminster, London SW1A 1AA, UK

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair/stroller accessible
  • Unable to accommodated strollers and baby carriages
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Please note: Changing of the Guard will not operate in heavy rain and on occasional Sundays the changing of the guards may be rescheduled to early morning, this will be replaced with an extended walking tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

I've been to London many times but never able to catch this tour. We were lucky enough to book this time and SO happy we did. From start to finish, superb tour and tour guide, Michael. What a pleasure to have him for the day. He is AMAZING!!! Took good care of us and so freaking knowledgeable! We scored on tour guides!!! Inside palace was phenomenal and such a pleasure. Afternoon tea...well, it blew me away. Fabulous tour and day I will never forget.
• Submitted 30 Sep 2019
Great tour, Marnie was amazing, she knows her facts and made it really lots of fun. LOVED every moment.
• Submitted 23 Sep 2019
Enjoyed viewing the palace. Posted staff were friendly and very knowledgeable. Really enjoyed having a snack at the end of the tour in the grounds garden.
• Submitted 09 Sep 2019
What a wonderful experience! Sure, there were crowds and security was tight, but overall I would recommend this trip. Our tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable and the afternoon tea at the St. Ermin's hotel was delicious!
• Submitted 26 Aug 2019
The tour started with the Changing of the Guards. Michael, our guide, showed us the best vantage points for a great view. He was fun, very interactive and had facts and anecdotes for every step of the tour. The audio guided tour of the Palace was amazing. Afternoon tea at St. Ermins was a great end to the tour.
• Submitted 12 Aug 2019
Marni our guide was enthusiastic and informative. We saw changing of guard starting at Horse Guards. What pageantry! Horses and men in beautiful red uniforms. Then walked through park to palace where she positioned us to see the band coming straight at us. Great photos. Palace is fabulous — must see! Long walk to tea so sone took a cab and we all met at very old, interesting hotel. Beautiful afternoon tea. Wonderful day we’ll never forget.
• Submitted 05 Aug 2019
OMG, Marnie is an expert! You want her as your guide. She is a font of FYIs about all things Royals + London history. Overall (for us, healthy sixty-somethings) the walking pace was an easy stroll. Marnie’s timing was superb, walking us to several perfect spots to witness different elements of the hour long changing of the guard ceremony. Her advice + care for her “Team Marnie” was awesome...even handed out 20p coins for the public park Loo! She gave great “how to” advice for best use of our precious allotted tour time @ Buckingham Palace, which was invaluable in light of slow security check-thru that ate up time! Marnie gave an excellent walking tour of significant historic sites along the way to tea...I never would have found these places. Our tea was at the St. Ermin’s hotel—it was delicious and lovely. Timing Note: book your evening theater event or fancy dinner for a different day!...no-fault time delays can occur. You will regret having to rush through Tea, which several in our tour group had to do. Our day was not a “2pm Tea time + done by 3” experience. If this is your desire—book high tea as a solo event. We waited to order tea + then waited for food served—it’s not American “fast food.” They even gave me a take-away box for Tea sweets I couldn’t finish. Wonderful!!Our full tour day ran from 10am to 4pm. Truly a wonderful tour experience for us. Again, time delays must be expected and taken into stride w/ this this tour package. Well worth the money.
• Submitted 02 Oct 2018
Recommend this tour.. the guide was good
• Submitted 30 Sep 2018
The tour was fabulous. The changing of the guard ceremony is a must see. The self guided tour was perfect for anyone because you were able to walk at a comfortable pace while learning the history of the palace and the royal family. The atmosphere of the afternoon tea was superb.
• Submitted 24 Sep 2018
We had a very knowledgeable guide!! She kept us entertained the entire time with wonderful facts and fiction. We got to see the changing of the up very close. I would recommend this tour to everyone
• Submitted 24 Sep 2018
Amber was an amazing guide. She was enthusiastic and knowledgable. Brought history to life thru her innovative explanation of the lineage of the Monarch and its future succession. Loved the afternoon tea at St Ermin’s Hotel. Very tasty!!!
• Submitted 19 Sep 2018
Danielle was awesome. Very funny, informative and got us to the best places for the best pictures. :-)
• Submitted 07 Sep 2018
Tea time was fun and the tour was very informative and Buckingham Palace is a must see for anyone going to London!
• Submitted 31 Aug 2018
Palace tour and walk in through the park with our guide Nathan was faublous and weather was perfect, the tour lacked when we particiapted in Afternoon Tea. We had walked so much and then we had to walk 20 more minutes from the palace to get to Tea. The Tea was weak, coffee cups for tea, the restuarant did not look anything like a tea house, no llnen table cloths, since we were sharing tea with people we did not know , the clotted creame and jam was given to group of four and the bowls held 1 tbsp each so there was not enough and it was uncomfortable to share with the strangers. Food was good but atmosphere lacked, I would re commend only the Palace tour
• Submitted 30 Aug 2018
This is #1 on our London Holiday. Our guide Julia was absolutely delightful, knowledgeable, and thorough. We started with the changing of the horse guard, moved onto St. James Palace, and from there walked through St. James Park, and to Buckingham. All along the walking tour, she pointed out historical sites, times and people in history. She also added commentary current with today's royal family and how it differs from the past. We strolled up the Mall, and went right into Buckingham Palace, and used the audio tapes throughout. It was GRAND, being among all the grandeur, inside the palace and all that history. We concluded the tour with afternoon tea at a local hotel. It was the highlight of my entire London visit.
• Submitted 19 Aug 2018
My family of four greatly enjoyed the Buckingham Palace tour with afternoon tea at the St Ermins. Our guide was friendly and efficient and knew exactly where to take us for access to great pictures of the changing of the guard. (We previously attempted to see the changing of the guard on a prior London trip, our own, and were almost completely unsuccessful due to crowds).
• Submitted 19 Aug 2018
Wonderful tour and great guides. I learned a lot about Buckingham Palace and the changing of the guards was certainly impressive.
• Submitted 09 Aug 2018
The tour was great but note that there is A LOT of walking. First stop is at St James’ Palace to watch inspection of the old guard. Then a brisk walk to see the change of the mounted guard followed by another walk to see another change. This is all done within proximity of St. James Park but is essentially 2 hours on your feet. After the changing of the guard, off to Buckingham palace for the tour. We had about 2 hours to walk through the palace and enjoy the grounds. After the palace, we had a 20 minute walk to afternoon tea. All in all, the tour was fantastic. As a tourist, we would never have known to go to all the spots to see the full change of the guard. However, it was over three hours on our feet. If you can’t tolerate this, the tour is not for you.
• Submitted 08 Aug 2018
Our guide Robert, he was very knowledgeable, and he was a pleasure to have as a tour guide. He even made sure we knew where we were going after tea before he left. Americans approve. :)
• Submitted 23 Jul 2018
Superb tour. I enjoyed hearing about the history of the various locations as our guide, Danielle, presented them in a lively and engaging manner. Also, we were fortunate to to be in London when the tour also included Buckingham Palace. The tour gives insight into the history of the monarchy, and touring Buckingham Palace was eye-opening with all the various pieces of artwork- from canvases, to sculptures, to China, etc.
• Submitted 15 Dec 2017
This was one of the highlights for trip away. Not open all year round we were lucky to get tickets to the final day and what wonderful time we had. The guide was engaging and handled a few rouge people along the way, who wanted to join our group without a booking. He did this without missing a beat, very impressed. Our only complaint was the wait to see the changing of the guard as there wasn't anywhere to sit down. The Palace tour was everything and more would highly recommend.
• Submitted 13 Dec 2017
Our tour guide was Alex. She was amazing, had a great personality, and shared her favorite stories/things about Buckingham Palace. We went inside Buckingham Palace, saw the Queen's gifts. The amount of time spent in Buckingham Palace was 2 hours, if I remember correctly. The Afternoon Tea was my favorite part of the tour because it tied everything together.
• Submitted 20 Nov 2017
Awesome! Great guide, beautiful place. We lucked out and the weather was incredible. Had to do the high tea we're in England, right? but not really necessary.
• Submitted 11 Oct 2017
So glad we were able to book this tour. Our guide, Amber, led us to where we could watch the horse guards parade nd changing of the guards. She provided informative and helpful commentary that we could hear very well through headsets. The tour of the state rooms at Buckingham Palace was self-guided and audio was provided. The afternoon tea at St. Ermin's was excellent.
• Submitted 07 Oct 2017

In Brief

Location:
Greater London, United Kingdom
Country:
United Kingdom
Duration:
4 hours 45 minutes
Operates:
Daily
Highlights:
All entrance fees included
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Small-group tour

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