Buckingham Palace Tours
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 – in 2017 this is from 22nd July to 1st October inclusive. 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 in 2017 currently stands at £23 for adults, £21 for seniors and students and £13 for children (under 17) and disabled visitors. Under 5s do not pay to enter. For the garden highlights tour add an extra £6.50 to £8.50 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 an must-see event.
Changing The Guard At Buckingham Palace
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. This experience is also included in our London small group walking tour.
Not many countries have a monarchy or a military ceremony that takes place with dozena 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, 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 guards reach Buckingham Palace at 11:00am precisely. From there it will last about 45 minutes. Please note that these times are new since early 2017 - the Guard Change previously took place later in the day.
As the schedule for Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace changes so regularly, and it is not publicly released too far in advance we provide the following information to help you – not this is provisional and may change.
January, February, March and April 2017 - Every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday (no change on 23rd April - on 22nd April instead)
May 2017 onwards - To be confirmed
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. This ceremony is also included in our magnificent London small group walking tour.
Many people also call this ceremony the ‘Changing of the Guard’, or the ‘Guard Change’ - all these terms are used interchangeably.