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Changing of the Guard Walking Tour in London

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Changing of the Guard Walking Tour in London
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icon2 to 3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Guided walking tour of the Changing of the Guard ceremony
Guided tour to see London attractions including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace & Westminster Abbey
Gratuities (optional)
The Ritz London , 150 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9BR, UK

The tour starts outside The Ritz Hotel on the corner of Piccadilly and Arlington Street. On arrival at the hotel please head towards the Arlington Street entrance and look for your tour guide holding the yellow umbrella. The closest London Underground station is Green Park.

10:00 AM
Parliament Square , Parliament Sq, London SW1, UK

The tour ends at Parliament Square.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • The ceremony can be altered at the discretion of the British Army or due to bad weather. In the event of bad weather the group will see a 'Wet Change' (ceremony without music).
  • For security reasons, the police request that no suitcases (big or small) be brought to the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Please arrange storage for these prior to joining the tour. Handbags and Backpacks are welcome and can be brought on the tour.
  • Due to the unavoidable steps involved, this tour is not recommended for travelers with walking difficulties or wheelchairs.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
  • OPERATED BY See The Sights Tours
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Changing of the Guard Walking Tour in London?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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star-5
Best value for the money...
Richard_C
, Aug 2022
Best value for the money I’ve ever gotten on a tour. Absolutely excellent. Our guide was not only very knowledgeable of everything happening with the ceremony and key sights around the area, but also general British history and politics, and he clearly loved sharing this with people on the tour.
star-4
Not what we thought
Jeffrey_W
, Aug 2022
Our guide, Mike, was very nice and very knowledgeable, but the tour was not what we expected. We THOUGHT we were paying for access to the best spot to view the changing of the guard. Not so much. I had to leave the group multiple times to get "close" pictures of the guard. If you want the history of the guard &or knowledge of the full process, you'll enjoy the tour. If your main goal is the get good pics of the changing of the guard, you'll be frustrated. Our advice. Pick a nice spot on the Victoria Memorial, which is directly in front of the main gate. We wish we had.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you for your feedback Jeffrey. We are a bit confused by your review as other guests who have left photos with their review show that you are within touching distance of the guards - it is not possible to get any closer! It is the customers choice if they wish to leave the group (as you mentioned you did) and doing this may have impacted on your experience with us. We always encourage our guests to stay with the group so that they can learn about the guards/ceremony from our wonderful guides and also get great photos. This is reflected by the many positive reviews we receive. Nevertheless we respect your opinion and thank you again for your feedback. We hope you enjoy your time in London.
star-5
Highly recommended!
Hannah_D
, Aug 2022
Thanks to our tour guide, Mike! He was awesome! He made sure we were well informed and was kind enough to take photos for us! We had a great time! Will definitely recommend you to our friends and family.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thanks Hannah for the wonderful review! We agree Mike is awesome and we hope to welcome your family and friends soon to us at See The Sights Tours!
star-5
Highly recommend this tour!
Linda_T
, Aug 2022
My family and I loved this tour! Our guide was wonderful and knew all the best places to stand so we could get the best view of the changing of the guard and pictures.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thanks Linda! It was great to meet you all!
star-5
The Best Tour!!
Aubryn_G
, Aug 2022
The guide was the best! He was so knowledgeable in all things London. This was our first trip with our two boys (15,13) and they thought it was one of the best tours. It covered so much more than just the changing of the guard.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thanks so much Aubryn! We are glad your two boys enjoyed it!
star-5
Mike is awesome!
Christy_A
, Aug 2022
Mike was a great tour guide. Took great care of us and shared so many bits of info. We had plenty of opportunities to take pictures.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thanks Christy! You are awesome too!
star-5
Awesome tour!!
vjnewt
, Aug 2022
Amazing!! Our guide Mike was so informative and showed us so many great places to see the Guards. We were so close that we almost got trampled, lol. Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thanks for the great review! We agree that you can't get any closer to the guards! Have a great holiday!
star-5
Very enjoyable tour....
Barbara_M
, Aug 2022
Very enjoyable tour. Mike, the host, was warm and friendly, very professional and a wealth of knowledge. Highly recommend this tour for residents of London and new comers alike.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thanks Barbara, it was wonderful to meet you!
star-5
Change of guards
Nour_B
, Jul 2022
We’ll organized and the guide was friendly and informative, it started on time, and it went smoothly, recommended with kids
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thanks Nour, we agree the tour is great for people of all ages!
star-5
Brilliant experience
Irene_K
, Jul 2022
It was brilliant that the guide,Steve, took us to the best viewing places and told us lots of things that I didn't know
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thanks Irene, we are glad you had a great time!
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star-5
Must Do appropriate for all age groups
Michelle_M
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide was EXCELLENT, professional, extremely knowledgeable. Our teenagers thought it was the best tour in London! We never would have seen the changing of the guards like this without the guide.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thanks Michelle, it's the guests that make the tour so good and you were excellent!!
star-5
Worth it!
Leide_B
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide was knowledgeable and very friendly! He was polite and my family and I really enjoyed the tour!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thanks Leide, we are glad you had fun!
star-5
Changing of the guard
Philip_R
, Jul 2022
Tour guide was excellent. Very informative and took us to the best viewing spots. Excellent photo opportunities.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thanks Philip, we are glad you got great photos!
star-5
Great tour guide and tour that found the best viewing spots!
Harriet_h
, Jul 2022
Mike was an amazing tour guide- I have always preferred to hear history from a guide rather than reading it in a book!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thanks so much Harriet - we agree that hearing history from a guide is so much better ;)
star-5
Worth it
Janna_W
, Jul 2022
Great way to see changing of the guard and learn so much our guide was awesome! He took us to different sites of the ceremony and knew exactly what he was doing. He also gave us a lot of interesting history along the way. Highly recommend!
star-5
Outstanding Tour
Steve_L
, Jul 2022
Mike was fantastic- very knowledgeable- history, stories, what was going to happen next, always positioned the group for excellent viewing
star-5
Mike the tour guide was...
Antonietta_Z
, Jul 2022
Mike the tour guide was amazing. He brought us to every spot fir photo opportunities, explained every single detail Abe even added extras Would absolutely recommend him
star-5
Great tour and good value
Robert_D
, Jul 2022
Mike did a great job leading thr tour, the Changing of the guard had last minute changes since it was so hot and Mike got us to the new viewing location and we had great views.
star-5
The Secret Sauce
Staci_C
, Jul 2022
Fantastic tour! Our guide expertly moved us through key locations to take in all aspects of the ceremony with no rushing and plenty of stories and fun facts. We ended the experience with a unique virtually private event so close to the guards you could touch them (though I'm assured that is a very bad idea). Definitely the best of all the companies doing this tour! Must do whether it's your first or fifth trip...really enjoyable. Followed it with pub lunch at the Two Chairmen, also a recommendation from our guide.
star-5
Perfect!
Amber_K
, Jul 2022
The tour was wonderful, our tour guide was very knowledgeable and very friendly. The length of the tour was perfect and the group size aswell.

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