Changing Of The Guard - Free Walking Tour

Duration: 1h and 45min
Languages: English
Guru: Richard
Quality Verified Registered on May 03, 2022

Hi, I’m Richard, I have been a tour guide in London for nearly 20 years and still find something new in this amazing city almost every day. I have a real passion for travel and have been fortunate to have visited fascinating destinations all over The World However, something always draws me back to London like a magnet. It’s a unique blend of history and tradition whilst remaining a thoroughly modern vibrant city on the cutting edge of everything new and exciting that there is to offer. I am massively passionate about London and Londoners and hope that my tours can ignite the same in the visitors that I have the pleasure of showing MY City.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

“Too crowded”
“Awful views”
“Too many fences in the way”

These are just a few of the common complaints I hear regularly from visitors who attend The World Famous Changing Of The Guard Ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Without a tour guide.

“The walking tour with our guide Richard was G R E A T! We got to see the changing of the guard with great views! He really knew where we needed to be without a crowd in the way. We got great pictures and videos because of him! “

This is just one review from the thousands of happy visitors to London that I have had the pleasure of guiding over the past 18 years.

The Changing Of The Guards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace is iconic and seeing it up close is a once in a lifetime experience for many. So why spoil it by having to stand for hours in the unpredictable British weather, amongst thousands of others, constantly fighting for the “best spot” only to discover  too late that your view is obstructed by a fence, tree or other people?

When you can take a Free (pay what you feel) walking tour with an expert guide (That’s me!) who will take you to the “secret spots” (often hidden in plain sight) for unprecedented views of the ceremony. Much, Much smaller crowds, fewer or no barriers/fences or other obstructions, and an explanation of what is actual going on so you can understand more of the traditions and pomp of the event as it unfolds in front of you.

GUARANTEED! to be within 10-15ft (3-4.5m) of the guards themselves, as they carry out this long standing tradition. Which traces its origins as far back as the late 17th century under the reign of William III and remains little changed since.

PLUS! this tour will also take you to the Changing of The Horseguards to see the mounted regiments of The Household Cavalry carry out their daily guard change and inspection. This is the best place in London to get that iconic photo with a guard in full regalia.

The tour will also show you other famous London attractions and monuments such as:

  • Trafalgar Square
  • Nelsons Column
  • The National Gallery
  • Admiralty Arch
  • St James Palace
  • Buckingham Palace 
  • Horseguards Parade
  • The Banqueting House
  • Downing Street 

And more…

📃THE BASICS📃- What you need to know! (And the boring legal bit)
📍The Tour Starts in Trafalger Sqaure (Nearest underground Charing Cross) please meet at the top of the steps in the north east corner underneath the statue of George IV on horseback. Please note that there may be several tour guides here so make sure you find the right one.  I will be wearing a flat cap and carrying a black and grey backpack as well as holding a sign reading “Guru Tours London”

📍The tour ends at or near Horseguards which is around 10 minute walk back to the start point, but also conveniently located for Westminster Abbey, “Big Ben” The London Eye, The  River Thames and Westminster Station

🧑‍🦽The route is flat on either paved roads or for some sections on a gravel path/courtyard. The route is suitable for those with reduced mobility, however please be aware that at certain parts of the tour the group may need to move quickly to another location in order to secure a suitable vantage point for the next part of the ceremony. A comfortable pair of shoes or trainers is sufficient,  no need for any specific footwear, although it is advised against wearing high heels (sorry Gentleman!!!)

🐕‍🦺The tour is suitable for dogs but they MUST be kept on a lead at all times.

🥤🥪Please note that there are NO Toilet facilities or refreshments on this tour (there are public toilets and a several cafes at the start point) You may eat and drink on the tour (please no alcohol) but please be responsible and take any rubbish with you until you can find a bin. Smoking and vaping is forbidden on this tour for the comfort of all participants.

👉Please be aware that the ceremony is on selected days only and can be cancelled, amended or rearranged at short notice for any number of reasons. If this happens I will do my best to provide an alternative route to ensure that you get a good experience as possible.

👉💉I am vaccinated to the current UK government guidelines I  am also fully 1st aid qualified and hold an advanced DBS (child and vulnerable peoples) certification.

👉Also please note that the tour will come across wild animals including many wild birds such as Swans, Geese other water fowl and potentially even Pelicans as well as horses and other animals. I ask all visitors to exercise caution when around these animals please do not feed them and advise that all participants are responsible for their own safety at all times.

👉Please follow any instructions given to you by myself, police officers or any other person in an authoritative position whilst on the tour.

🎒Please take basic precautions with your personal belongings. All visitors are responsible for any personal possessions. Neither the guide or Guru Walks accept any liability for loss or fame to personal possessions or any personal injury or death whist taking part on the tour.

📩 If you have any questions please feel free to contact me via the tour guru website

I look forward to welcoming you to London

Total tour time Approx 1 hour 45 minutes 

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  • Meeting point:
    Trafalgar Square Station (Stop C, Lon...
    Trafalgar Square Station (Stop C, London WC2N 5DP, UK
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    At the top of the steps underneath the statue of George IV (on horseback) in the North East Corner of Trafalger Square.I will be wearing a flat cap and carrying a black/grey backpack and holding a sign with “Guru Tours London” written on it

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Urte 07 Dec 2022
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Travelled in family - Nov 2022
The best guide!!!
EnJuCar 05 Dec 2022
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
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Travelled in couple - Dec 2022
muy experto magnificas explicaciones y lugares para ver el cambio de la guardia
Sibilla 01 Dec 2022
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Travelled alone - Oct 2022
The tour was fun! Richard was well-prepared, and I learned a lot! He showed me the best part of the Changing of the Guards and recommended some activities. I highly recommend this tour!
Nicolli 28 Nov 2022
São Paulo
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Travelled alone - Oct 2022
I liked been guided by Richard.
Antonio 05 Nov 2022
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Travelled alone - Nov 2022
Very enjoyable tour, thanks!
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 20 people.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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