Buckingham Palace Tour & Changing of the Guard with Afternoon Tea

Buckingham Palace Tour & Changing of the Guard with Afternoon Tea

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      London, England
      4.5 Hours
      Moderate
      From (USD)
      $ 122
      • Buckingham Palace: Enjoy a rare chance to tour the lavish State Rooms only open to visitors for two months a year. You'll see some of the finest English and French furniture in the world, along with other many other treasures of the Royal Collection. Pre-booked admission means no waiting in line like the commoners.
      • Changing of the Guard: Experience the majesty of one of the British Empire's most revered traditions from an optimum vantage point; your guide will have you in the right spot at the right time for the best pictures.
      • Expert guide: Enlightening commentary enlivens a walk along the Mall by Horse Guards Parade and St. James Park – a route steeped in history, pageantry, and tradition.
      • Afternoon tea: Savor this quintessential London experience at a luxury hotel, with finger sandwiches, buttery scones with clotted cream, and fresh-made pastries.
      • Small group = more personal: Groups are limited to no more than 25, for a relaxed and intimate experience with deeper guide interaction and audio headsets to help you hear it all.
      • Important Note: This tour is only available for a limited time each summer and sells out well in advance.  So if you're going to be in London sometime from late July to early October, better to book now. 

      Meeting point

      Please make your way to the Duke of York Column at Waterloo Place at London SW1Y 5AJ to meet your expert guide.

      Helpful hints

      Photography is not permitted within Buckingham Palace, but is allowed within the gardens.

      Extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. As a result, we may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues.

      Extra measures may also restrict the size of bags that can be brought inside. To avoid disruptions or possible denied entry we suggest you avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour.

      Changing of the Guard will not operate in heavy rain and will be replaced with an extended walking tour. On occasional Sundays the changing of the guards may be rescheduled to early morning, meaning that we will not be able to see it.

      Getting around

      Tour involves 1.25 miles of walking with 104 steps at the Palace. We regret that we are unable to accommodate travelers with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages.

      Activity type

      Walking Tour, Family Friendly, Scenic, Tickets

      Included amenities

      High Tea; Finger sandwiches, scones and homemade preserves, cakes and pastries
      Changing of the Guard
      Pre-booking admission to Buckingham Palace.

      Languages

      English

      Tour ID

      TR-EUR-GBR-LOND-EN-1009

      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for all ages.

      Special Medical Restriction

      Travelers must be in good health, disclose their physical fitness and advise any conditions that might impact their participation in the tour. Please inform in advance of any special dietary requirements.

      Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh cordially invite you to stop in at the Palace and have a look around.

      Well, not actually. But on this tour, you will indeed have the chance to visit their sumptuous digs to see how the Royal Family lives. Suffice it to say, this place makes Downton Abbey look like a humble bungalow.

      The royal residence opens its doors to a limited number of visitors for a limited time each year. You won't be free to wander through all 775 rooms, or try out all 78 bathrooms. But the opulence of the 19 State Rooms you'll see will blow your mind more than sufficiently; the chandeliers and Sevres porcelain alone must have cost more than non-royals make in a lifetime. And don't even ask about the rugs, tapestries, paintings, and ornate French furniture.

      Then there's the whole pageant going on outside the Palace. That's where the Queen's Guards in their snappy red tunics and bearskin hats march in, along with her dashing Household Cavalry in their silver-plumed helmets astride magnificent steeds. The complex Changing of the Guard ceremony is the oldest palace tradition, a thrilling tribute to imperial pomp and circumstance delivered daily – complete with choreographed processionals, inspections, flag-flying, and the royal band providing a sprightly soundtrack to it all. We'll make sure you're ideally positioned to witness the spectacle.

      After all that, you'll be ready for the most civilized of picker-uppers: afternoon tea at a hotel so grand that they likely have a staffer whose title is Master of Cakes. This is an unforgettable indulgence in "savouries" and sweets, crustless finger sandwiches, flaky scones and thick clotted cream, and delicious hot tea, no doubt hailing from someplace that was once a colony.

      And you'll depart royally pleased.

      You don't get high in the afternoon 

      The classic English afternoon tea menu is often mistakenly referred to as "high tea," perhaps because it sounds so fancy and regal. Afternoon tea is actually "low tea," since it was traditionally served in mid afternoon to well-heeled drinkers sitting in low, comfortable chairs. High tea is more of a meal: tea, bread, veggies, cheese, and meat, eaten at a higher dining-style table by working blokes who don't get home until evening.

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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      London, England
      London, England
      Great photo opportunities
      Bring money
      Wear comfortable shoes
      Wear light clothing

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