Visit Buckingham Palace and watch the Changing Of The Guard Ceremony
Live like royalty as you join a Buckingham Palace tour.
When can I visit Buckingham Palace?
Visits to Buckingham Palace’s State Rooms are available in the summer. Visits may also be available on a limited basis during select weeks in the Winter.
During the summer opening, visitors are provided with a multimedia guide as they tour Buckingham Palace, its State Rooms. Guests may also visit the Buckingham Palace gardens.
How much does it cost to visit Buckingham Palace?
The cost to visit Buckingham Palace costs around £25 for adults, £22 for seniors and students and £15 for children (under 17) and disabled visitors. Under 5s do not pay to enter. For the garden highlights tour add an extra £8 to £10 per person.
Can we visit Buckingham Palace with a tour guide?
No external tour guides are permitted inside Buckingham Palace, so visits are self-guided or with a Buckingham Palace guide. Buckingham Palace tours usually take about 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes for the full experience.
During most of the year, you can enjoy the Changing the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace. There is no cost to attend this ceremony and our guides can include it in your tour of London, securing you the best position – this is a must-see event. We can offer you visits inside Kensington Palace, Hampton Court Palace and Windsor Castle.
Changing The Guard At Buckingham Palace
MAY 2021 UPDATE:
This ceremony has been suspended since March 2020 due to COVID-19. We do not expect it to return until late 2021 or early 2022.
The Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace is one of the most famous ceremonies anywhere in the world. We allow you to join in the experience with a unique Changing the Guard walking tour.
Not many countries have a monarchy or a military ceremony that takes place with dozens of guards, a marching band and enough pride to fill your heart with joy.
The wrong way to see Buckingham Palace Changing of the Guard is to turn up at 11:00 when the ceremony starts and think you can watch everything. The ceremony is very popular with 10,000s of people attending every time it is on.
Buckingham Palace Changing of the Guard Times and Dates:
One of the most common questions we get asked is “What time is changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace?”. The answer is: “It depends”. During most of the year (August to March) the ceremony takes place on set days (usually Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) , during the height of the summer (April to July) the ceremony takes place daily.
If there is heavy rain, the ceremony does not take place. It can also be impacted by major events such as marathons or races.
The Changing of the Guard schedule and timetable dictates that the new guards reach Buckingham Palace at 11:00am precisely – but there is action from about 10:35am onwards if you are standing in the right place – and the ceremony ends around 11:30am. Please note that these times are new since early 2017 – the Guard Change previously took place later in the day.
The best way to see the event is, of course, with our Changing of the Guard tour. As part of your private, guided experience we will take you to a little-known spot where you can see the Guards preparing for their change. Your Changing the Guard walking tour uses your guide’s knowledge to beat the crowds at Buckingham Palace and see much more than the hoards of visitors wondering where to stand to get a good view. Let your Private London tours guide do the work for you with our Changing the Guard tours option. With us, you can even march with the guards to the palace, have fun and make the best use of your time.
Many people also call this ceremony the ‘Changing of the Guard’, or the ‘Guard Change’ – all these terms are used interchangeably.
Visit Royal London and see the Changing of the Guard with a tour guide. Simply enquire with us.