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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

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.
  • See the famous Changing of the Guards ceremony along the Mall
  • Take in sights like Buckingham Palace and St. James's Palace
  • Learn about British history and the royal family from your guide
  • Enjoy a strolls through Picadilly Circus and Regent Street
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Piccadilly Circus , Piccadilly Circus, London W1B, UK

Outside the Criterion Theatre by the Statue of Eros. Your guide will be carrying a Fun London Tours flag. Arrive 10 minutes before the tour is due to start. We leave promptly at the designated start time.

9:30 AM
The Mall , The Mall, St. James's, London SW1, UK

We finish the tour near Buckingham Palace.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • There are no toilet or refreshment breaks on this tour
  • Tour operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Ceremony can be altered at the discretion of the British Army, or occasionally due to rain
  • All tours are dependent on the British Army's schedule
  • No dogs are allowed on the tour other than guide dogs.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • We do not see the section of the ceremony which occurs on the courtyard of Buckingham Palace, but instead we observe the highlights of the ceremony in other locations.
  • No videoing of the guide unless they have given permission
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Travellers should have good mobility as we encounter three flights of steps and march at the same pace as the guards at one point
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Fun London Tours Ltd
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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  • "Have to keep a steady pace while following the marching guards from St James Palace." See review
  • "Fabulous a must see, get their early to get a good spot ." See review

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Pure Entertainment
Rachel_F
, Aug 2022
Highly recommended! My Partner, Myself and my 15 year old son were all kept interested by our tour guide Andy from start to finish. He was very knowledgeable and funny along the way. Pure entertainment! Definitely worth every penny. When back in London I will be using this company again! Very happy customer 😀
star-5
Fantastic - highly recommend.
Jenny_N
, Jul 2022
Our guide was extremely knowledgable, entertaining and the tour was fantastic. We learnt so much about the local area as well as fantastic views of the guards. Highly recommend it.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Great to hear how much you enjoyed the tour with us Jenny!
star-5
Great way to see the whole pagentry!
Elizabeth_M
, Jul 2022
Spectacular. Amazing. Those were the first two words we thought of. Mike was absolutely hilarious and kept us laughing the whole time he shared about British history and what we were seeing. I would’ve preferred a bit more time at certain spots to take pictures but the tour definitely gave a great overview of the whole ceremony. We took the tour specifically because of that. Thank you for a great morning!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks Elizabeth! Having fun and being in the right place and time are the two main features of this tour, and Mike is a past master at ensuring both :)
star-5
Excellent Experience!!
Vanessa_P
, Jul 2022
Great experience! First time in London and Pepe made it worth every moment. Well-organized, great history lessons, and fun experience. We would highly recommend it to anyone visiting!!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks for your review and your recommendation!
star-5
Very entertaining
Margaret_W
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide Mike was excellent. He brought our history of the monarchy to life in a very entertaining way. I would thoroughly recommend this tour it was well organised throughout.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks for your review Margaret - great to know that Mike kept you entertained and informed throughout the tour :)
star-3
Racing to see the Guards
Penny_R
, Jul 2022
We did enjoy our guide’s presentation at both palaces. We did not enjoy the racing from one location to the next. I don’t feel like I really saw the guards changing. I was too busy keeping up. Definitely did not have time for pictures as we running along. If you stopped you lost your guide in the crowds.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Penny, sorry the tour didn't live up to your expectations. It's a fast paced tour for a reason - guards emerge from different locations at specific times and if we don't hustle from each place we won't see much of the ceremony. Most people get both a great overview and great photos so I'm not sure why that wasn't the case here. All the best :)
star-5
So much fun!
ToniAnn_G
, Jul 2022
Matt was great and the total is very organized. He seem to always know the best places to go to have the best views we had a great time!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks for your review! Great to have you on the tour with us :)
star-5
Amber of the USA rocks!
StephanieLSlaughter
, Jul 2022
Amber was an awesome guide. We got a great view of the changing of the guards and a lot of good background from the guide.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
She is indeed awesome! Thanks for your kind words.
star-5
Rosie Rocks
Mick_H
, Jul 2022
Tour guide Rosie was fantastic!!! Very informed and knowledgable of the Royals and the Guards. Highly recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Great to know how much you enjoyed the tour with Rozie! Thanks for taking the time to leave such a nice review.
star-5
Great tour - a must
Kimberly_S
, Jul 2022
Great guide in Mike - although raining - allowed us to come back another day. Also very informative and really just fun.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks Kimberley! Its a fun tour, even in the rain..
star-5
Great walking tour to see the guards.
Kyle_L
, Jul 2022
It was a great walking tour with Rosie. Got all the good spots to see the changing of the guard. Some excellent stories.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks Kyle! Glad you enjoyed the tour so much :)
star-5
Loved it!
Tricia_S
, Jun 2022
Pepe was very knowledgeable of the history. Love seeing all of the traditions that are carried out every day.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Pepe is certainly an incredibly knowledgeable guide, and its great to hear you enjoyed the tour with him.
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star-5
Could not have seen It without the tour
Josh_E
, Jun 2022
We would have never caught all of the details of the ceremony at all without this tour. They knew when and where to be at all times!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Cheers Josh! Yep, we know our stuff :)
star-5
Absolutely unique...
Shakoor_K
, Jun 2022
Absolutely unique experience. This is marching with existing servicemen, so it is at real marching pace.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Unique is a great way to describe the experience! And marching alongside the guards is something which is often the highlight of any London visitor's stay.
star-5
Much better way to see the guard
casaundra_l
, Jun 2022
Watching the guard go through inspection and then marching to the palace to meet up with the other guard was much more fun than standing for hours trying to fight a crowd to watch a minimal changing of the guards. The prep before is much more fun to watch and you can actually see them up close
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Great to know how much you appreciated the tour with us. Certainly the crowds at Buckingham Palace are enough to put most people off so as you say, its better to join us and see the other highlights of the ceremony up close. Thanks for your review!
star-5
Definitely Worthwhile
Joelle_c
, Jun 2022
Very informative, appreciated seeing the guard and St James and following to Buckingham. Definitely worthwhile
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
I'm really glad you felt the tour experience was fun and really worthwhile! Many thanks for your review.
star-5
Excellent! Amber was...
Charles_O
, Jun 2022
Excellent! Amber was incredible! She was so informative, and had us in the right place for optimum viewing.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Amber really is wonderful eh! She's a load of fun, really knowledgeable and certainly knows all the best spots to observe this amazing ceremony.
star-5
Knowledgeable guide
Sandra_M
, Jun 2022
Shannon was excellent. Gives you such a different perspective when you have a guide. Highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for your review Sandra!
star-5
Smashing time with Rachel
Robert_G
, May 2022
Rachel was full of life! From her royal skirt to her promise of us getting scolded by police at least one time, she was a blast and a wealth of knowledge. Busy day as it was only 5 days before Jubilee but we all managed a front row spot at some point along the way.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for your review Robert! Rachel is one of the best, a fountain of knowledge and an amazing storyteller. It's been a very busy time around central London as you mention, but always amazing to see the guards in action!
star-5
Rosie the incredible guide
Alvern_O
, May 2022
Rosie was an absolute gem as our tour guide. This is a walking tour and at times it is a very quick pace to keep up with the Guard marching. The history and personal stories are the best.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Yes, Rozie is wonderful and we're so lucky to have her as a tour guide with Fun London Tours. Great to have you along with us.

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