Buckingham Palace Guided Tours

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Changing of the Guard with Optional Buckingham Palace Grounds Guided Walking Tour

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Mobile Ticket
2 hr.
Audio Guide
  • Unearth the royal charm of London with an expert English-speaking guide who narrates the full spectacle of the Changing of the Guard ceremony.
  • Choose between a walking tour of the locations surrounding Buckingham Palace or choose to visit the Palace itself, with access to the State Rooms.
  • Discover the grandeur of St. James's Palace and immerse yourself in the calm of St James's Park, all while your guide shares intriguing facts.
  • Don't miss out on this opportunity to uncover peculiar highlights like The Queen's preferred alcohol shop and Prince Philip's barber, making this tour truly one-of-a-kind.
  • Unearth the royal charm of London with an expert English-speaking guide who narrates the full spectacle of the Changing of the Guard ceremony.
  • Choose between a walking tour of the locations surrounding Buckingham Palace or choose to visit the Palace itself, with access to the State Rooms.
  • Discover the grandeur of St. James's Palace and immerse yourself in the calm of St James's Park, all while your guide shares intriguing facts.
  • Don't miss out on this opportunity to uncover peculiar highlights like The Queen's preferred alcohol shop and Prince Philip's barber, making this tour truly one-of-a-kind.

Inclusions

  • Changing of the guard
  • English-speaking guide
  • 1.5-hour London walking tour (optional)
  • Entry to Buckingham Palace (optional)
  • Audio guide for Buckingham Palace (optional)

Exclusions

  • Guided tour of Buckingham Palace
  • The Guard Change may not be operational on days with bad weather conditions. On such days, you will visit the Horse Guards for a photo stop, instead.
  • Please note that if you book your tour on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday, you’ll experience the change of the Household Cavalry.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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From London: Full Day Guided Tour of Buckhingham Palace & Windsor Castle

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£129
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You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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9 hr. 30 min.
  • Explore Britain's finest Royal residences on this guided full-day tour of Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle and feel every bit royal.
  • A visit to Buckingham Palace gives you an understanding of royal affairs, as you enjoy the 19 magnificent State Rooms used for entertaining.
  • Find prized possessions from the Royal Collection, Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck paintings, and outstanding English and French furniture.
  • Marvel at the ancestral home of British monarchs, the largest inhabited castle, the Windsor Castle spread across 10.5 hectares.
  • Visit the magnificent State Apartments and St George's Chapel and find the finest works that undergo changes based on Charles II and George IV's tastes.
  • Explore Britain's finest Royal residences on this guided full-day tour of Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle and feel every bit royal.
  • A visit to Buckingham Palace gives you an understanding of royal affairs, as you enjoy the 19 magnificent State Rooms used for entertaining.
  • Find prized possessions from the Royal Collection, Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck paintings, and outstanding English and French furniture.
  • Marvel at the ancestral home of British monarchs, the largest inhabited castle, the Windsor Castle spread across 10.5 hectares.
  • Visit the magnificent State Apartments and St George's Chapel and find the finest works that undergo changes based on Charles II and George IV's tastes.

Inclusions

  • Entry to Buckingham Palace
  • Entry to Windsor Castle
  • Expert guide
  • Personal audio headset
  • Air-conditioned transfer to Windsor
  • Wi-Fi and USB charger on board
  • 9:15am : Tour starts Queens Gallery entrance
  • Visit the Buckingham Palace
  • 12:45pm : Reach Evan Evans's office
  • 1pm: Tour starts for Windsor Castle
  • 6:30pm: Reach London Victoria Train Station
  • Tip: Visit the Churchill War rooms and St. James Park, close to Buckingham Palace to explore more of Britain's sites.
  • St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle is closed to visitors on Sundays. The State Apartments may be closed too on some occasions.
  • The afternoon Windsor Castle part of the tour departs from Evan Evans's office at 1:00 PM. (please arrive at 12:45 PM to check in).
  • Transfer between Buckingham Palace and Evan Evans Tours is not provided (it is a 10-15 min walk)
  • Personal audio headsets are provided.
  • Expect an airport-style security check at Buckingham Palace.
  • Bags larger than 45cm x 20cm x 30cm are not permitted.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Guided Tour of Buckingham Palace Interiors with Royal Walking Tour

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£69
Free Cancellation

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Instant Confirmation
Mobile Ticket
2 hr. 30 min.
Audio Guide
  • Enjoy a guided walking tour around royal London, before your hassle-free, skip-the-line entry into Buckingham Palace.
  • With an expert English-speaking guide, gain fascinating insights into the life of royals and the rare chance to explore the palace’s interiors.
  • Explore the palace interiors with an audio guide as you discover the Royal Collection's gems including exquisite Sèvres porcelain.
  • Expand your royal knowledge with a stroll through St. James's Park and views of St. James's Palace and The Mall.
  • Don't miss the royal throne room and the lavish ballroom. These grand spaces will provide a comprehensive view of the Royals' world.
  • Enjoy a guided walking tour around royal London, before your hassle-free, skip-the-line entry into Buckingham Palace.
  • With an expert English-speaking guide, gain fascinating insights into the life of royals and the rare chance to explore the palace’s interiors.
  • Explore the palace interiors with an audio guide as you discover the Royal Collection's gems including exquisite Sèvres porcelain.
  • Expand your royal knowledge with a stroll through St. James's Park and views of St. James's Palace and The Mall.
  • Don't miss the royal throne room and the lavish ballroom. These grand spaces will provide a comprehensive view of the Royals' world.

Inclusions

  • 2.5-hour guided walking tour
  • Entry to the Buckingham Palace
  • English-speaking guide
  • Audio guide for the Buckingham Palace
  • Headsets

Exclusions

  • Guided tour of Buckingham Palace
  • Tip: There are souvenir shops nearby where you can purchase royal-themed memorabilia and souvenirs to commemorate your visit.
  • This experience is not accessible by wheelchair and pram/strollers.
  • Choose safety and comfort: This experience is not the best fit for people with mobility issues.
  • The Buckingham Palace tour is not led by a guide. You will be provided with an audio guide to explore at your own pace.
  • Keep your camera tucked away – photography is not strictly allowed at the venue. However, it is permitted within the gardens.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Guided Tour of Buckingham Palace Interiors with Changing of the Guard

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£72
Free Cancellation

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Instant Confirmation
Mobile Ticket
Flexible Duration
  • Armed with this ticket, enter the iconic Buckingham Palace with an expert guide and witness the Change of the Guard ceremony.
  • See the guards in their red tunics and bearskin hats march in front of the magnificent palace.
  • Step inside the official residence of the royal family and listen to your English-speaking tour guide as they share interesting facts about this palace.
  • Walk through the royal State Rooms, where the royal family holds their many events and receptions.
  • Admire the 47-meter-long Picture Gallery that houses the Royal collection such as Van Dyck's portrait of Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I, scenes of Venice, by Canaletto and more.
  • Armed with this ticket, enter the iconic Buckingham Palace with an expert guide and witness the Change of the Guard ceremony.
  • See the guards in their red tunics and bearskin hats march in front of the magnificent palace.
  • Step inside the official residence of the royal family and listen to your English-speaking tour guide as they share interesting facts about this palace.
  • Walk through the royal State Rooms, where the royal family holds their many events and receptions.
  • Admire the 47-meter-long Picture Gallery that houses the Royal collection such as Van Dyck's portrait of Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I, scenes of Venice, by Canaletto and more.

Inclusions

  • Changing of the Guard Ceremony at Buckingham Palace
  • Entry to Buckingham Palace
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Headsets when appropriate
  • Tip: At the end of the tour, treat yourself to some refreshments such as tea, coffee, juice, cakes, and sandwiches, at a café close to the Palace.
  • On the days when the Changing of the Guard ceremony is not available, a visit to the Horseguards Parade will be arranged in its place.
  • Cancellation due to bad weather is not announced before 11am. When this occurs, you will still see a ‘wet change’ during which the guards march but without the usual music or parade.
  • This experience is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Photography is not permitted inside Buckingham Palace.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Westminster Abbey, Big Ben & Buckingham Palace Guided Tour

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4 hr.
  • Dive into London's royal history with this 4-hour guided tour, a perfect blend of iconic sights, exclusive access, and expert insights.
  • Skip-the-line tickets mean no waiting around at Westminster Abbey, spend more time exploring this architectural wonder and its rich royal heritage.
  • The expertise of a 5-star licensed English-speaking guide enhances your tour as you listen to fascinating facts about each landmark.
  • Marvel at Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, and Buckingham Palace, absorbing their grandeur and important roles in Britain's political history.
  • The group size of 20 ensures a personalized experience, get your questions answered and make memorable connections on this unique London journey.
  • Dive into London's royal history with this 4-hour guided tour, a perfect blend of iconic sights, exclusive access, and expert insights.
  • Skip-the-line tickets mean no waiting around at Westminster Abbey, spend more time exploring this architectural wonder and its rich royal heritage.
  • The expertise of a 5-star licensed English-speaking guide enhances your tour as you listen to fascinating facts about each landmark.
  • Marvel at Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, and Buckingham Palace, absorbing their grandeur and important roles in Britain's political history.
  • The group size of 20 ensures a personalized experience, get your questions answered and make memorable connections on this unique London journey.

Inclusions

  • 4-hour guided tour of Westminster Abbey
  • Licensed English-speaking guide
  • Skip-the-line tickets to Westminster Abbey
  • Walking tour of the City of Westminster

Exclusions

  • Entry to Buckingham Palace
  • Entry to Big Ben
  • Headsets
  • Tip: While exploring Westminster Abbey, make sure to visit the famous Poets' Corner. You'll find memorials to notable literary figures like Geoffrey Chaucer and Charles Dickens.
  • Extra clothing, umbrellas, large bags, suitcases, scooters & pets are not allowed.
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

Step into the world of British royalty with guided tours of Buckingham Palace. From historic State Rooms to the Queen's Gallery, uncover the stories behind this iconic landmark. Join us for an unforgettable experience in the heart of London.

Which Buckingham Palace guided tour is best for you?

Small-Group Guided Tour

Duration: 2 hours
Suited for: History enthusiasts

Why go for it?

  • With a small-group format limited to 20 guests, you can have a more intimate and personalized experience.
  • The expert English-speaking guide will provide in-depth narration, offering historical insights about the Changing of the Guard ceremony, Buckingham Palace, and more.
  • Learn all about the rich royal heritage of London, with visits to iconic sites like Buckingham Palace and St. James's Palace. The tour also includes stops at unique highlights such as The Queen's preferred alcohol shop and Prince Philip's barber.

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Small-Group Guided Tour Around Buckingham Palace with Changing of the Guard

Standard Guided Tour

Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes
Suited for: Tourists seeking cultural experiences

Why go for it?

  • This ticket provides the unique opportunity to observe the centuries-old Changing of the Guard ritual firsthand. It is a quintessential cultural experience of British history and tradition. 
  • Having an English-speaking tour guide will enhance the cultural experience, as they will provide you with valuable insights and interesting facts. You can learn about the palace's history, architecture, and significance within the context of British culture.

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Guided Tour of Buckingham Palace Interiors with Changing of the Guard

Why book a guided tour of Buckingham Palace?

  • Expert Insight: Gain valuable insights and interesting facts about Buckingham Palace from knowledgeable tour guides.
  • Access to Exclusive Areas: Explore areas of Buckingham Palace not typically accessible to the public, such as the State Rooms and Picture Gallery.
  • Avoid Hassle: Book a guided tour and skip the long lines and logistical challenges of planning your visit independently.
  • Personalized Attention: Benefit from personalized attention and the opportunity to ask questions and engage with your guide.

Buckingham Palace guided tour highlights

Changing of the Guard Ceremony

Witness the world-famous ceremony where the Old Guard, wearing red coats and bearskin hats, hands over responsibility for protecting Buckingham Palace to the New Guard, accompanied by music from the regimental band. The bands play stirring melodies while the guards execute precise marching maneuvers, marking the transition between detachments. 

Picture Gallery

See the illustrious Buckingham Palace Picture Gallery, spanning an impressive 47 meters and showcasing some of the most esteemed paintings from the Royal Collection. With The Queen often loaning out artworks for exhibitions both within the UK and abroad, the gallery's collection sees regular rotation. Admire masterpieces by renowned artists such as Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck, Claude and Canaletto.

White Drawing Room

The White Drawing Room stands as a pinnacle among Buckingham Palace's State Rooms, where esteemed guests are received by The Queen and members of the Royal Family. As one of the palace's principal reception areas, it boasts opulent English and French furnishings and delicate porcelain.

Tip: For a fun exercise, try finding the hidden entrance through which the Queen enters the room during official receptions.

Throne Room

In contrast to the White Drawing Room the Throne Room commands attention with its vibrant scarlet decor. Within, you will find a pair of throne chairs, known as the Chairs of Estate, utilized during The Queen's coronation in 1953. You can also see chairs crafted for King George VI's coronation and a throne chair commissioned for Queen Victoria in 1837. Designed by architect John Nash, this room reflects seventeenth-century opulence, showcasing his background in stage set design.

Visitor Tips

  • Book in Advance: Buckingham Palace tours are popular, especially during peak tourist seasons. Book your guided tour in advance to secure your preferred date and time slot.
  • Check for Tour Inclusions: Confirm what is included in your guided tour package, such as access to specific rooms within Buckingham Palace.
  • Bring ID: Make sure to bring valid identification, such as a passport or driver's license, as you will be required to show it before entering Buckingham Palace.
  • Plan for Security Checks: Be prepared to go through security checks upon entry to Buckingham Palace. To expedite the process, avoid bringing large bags.
  • Consider Accessibility Needs: If you or someone in your group has accessibility needs, inform Buckingham Palace in advance so appropriate accommodations can be arranged. Please note that Buckingham Palace guided tours are not wheelchair accessible.
  • No Photography: Photography is not permitted inside Buckingham Palace.
  • Stay with Your Group: Stay with your guided tour group and follow the designated route as instructed by your tour guide.

Frequently asked questions about Buckingham Palace guided tours

What languages are available for the Buckingham Palace guided tours?

The Buckingham Palace guided tours are available in English.

How long is the average Buckingham Palace guided tour?

The average guided tour of Buckingham Palace typically lasts around 1 to 3 hours, depending on the itinerary and specific rooms visited during the tour.

How many people are typically in a Buckingham Palace tour group?

Buckingham Palace tour group sizes usually range from 15 to 25 people. However if you prefer a group with less than 20 people, you can choose the small group guided tour option.

Are there any age restrictions for the Buckingham Palace guided tours?

There are no age restrictions for guided tours of Buckingham Palace, but children under 16 require adult supervision.

What is the cancellation policy for Buckingham Palace guided tours?

That would depend on the ticket chosen, some guided tours cannot be cancelled or rescheduled. However for the standard guided tour you can cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Are there additional facilities or amenities included with the Buckingham Palace guided tour?

Yes, you can witness the historic changing of the guard ceremony with a  guided tour. You can also view the  change of the household cavalry ceremony and visit the picture gallery.

Do the guides have professional training or certifications related to Buckingham Palace?

Yes, tour guides leading guided tours of Buckingham Palace have professional training or certifications related to the palace's history, architecture, and significance. They are knowledgeable experts who provide informative commentary throughout the tour.

Can I take photographs during the guided tour?

No, photography is not permitted inside Buckingham Palace. However your tour guide will provide further guidance if needed.