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Royal London Walking Tour Including Early Access to the Tower of London and Changing of The Guard

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Meet your guide outside the Tower of London in the morning. Receive your early access ticket, then listen to your guide’s commentary before heading inside to explore independently. Bypass any entrance lines and step straight inside to see the opening ceremony. You’ll also be one of the first to enter the Jewel House, where the Crown Jewels — a dazzling collection of jewels still used today by Queen Elizabeth II — have been stored since 1303. You may also witness the opening ceremony, performed by the Yeoman Warders, or ‘Beefeaters.’
Stroll along the East Wall Walk for bird’s-eye views of the city streets, and see the ravens that have lived here since the reign of King Charles II. Visit the White Tower, Medieval Palace and Traitors’ Gate, and see the Tower Green where a string of traitors and monarchs, including Anne Boleyn, were executed.
After your visit, meet back up with your guide and head to a nearby pier where a cruise boat awaits. Hop aboard and find yourself a spot on deck, then have your camera ready as you set off on a 30-minute Thames River cruise. Listen to your guide share interesting details about the sights you see including St Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
Disembark at Embankment Pier, then stroll with your guide to Buckingham Palace or Horse Guards Parade to watch the Changing of the Guard. Listen to your guide talk about the ceremony’s history, then watch as the crimson-clad Queen’s Foot Guards or the Household Cavalry perform this impressive procedure.
Finish your tour outside Buckingham Palace. See the balcony where the British Royal Family appear during major events, and hear tales of murderous intruders and amorous princes scaling the walls to get both in and out.
Please note: If there is heavy rain — or if the Changing of the Guard is rescheduled to early morning — the ceremony will be replaced with an extended walking tour.

Highlights
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
Customer Reviews
  • Randall S
    August 2018

    Guide was great. Private showing of Beefeaters key ceremony. First ones into tower of London. No lines to see jewels. Positioned us perfectly for changing of the Guard three times straight. Photo locations were textbook. Easy to understand and very knowledgable. We travel a lot and he was one of the best guides we have had.

  • Karen S
    August 2018

    Very nice and knowledgeable tour. Was very interesting learning about the London Tower and seeing the Changing of the Gaurds.

  • James M
    July 2018

    Great tour and great insights from our guide into the history of the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace. The time at the Tower of London was a bit shorter than we would have liked, but it ended up being sufficient. The Beefeater, Dave, who met with our group in the Tower grounds was very knowledgable, quite humorous and clearly passionate about his work. Due to scheduling outside the control of our guide, we never actually saw the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, but instead saw a celebration of the RAF's centennial, including a flyer over of several RAF craft as the royal family looked on. We were satisfied with the substitution.

Product Details
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Admission to Tower of London including opening ceremony (Opening Ceremony only on Tuesdays and Thursdays)
  • Boat cruise on the Thames River
  • Headsets, when needed
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note: Seeing the Changing of the Guard is weather dependent and on occasional Sundays may be rescheduled to early morning, this will then be replaced with an extended walking tour
  • Unable to accommodate strollers and baby carriages
  • Not wheelchair accessible
Schedule and Pricing
Departure Point

Central London

Departure Time and Comments

8:15am /

Duration

4 hours

Return Details

Concludes outside Buckingham Palace

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