Buckingham Palace Changing of the Guards Experience and Westminster Dome Climb

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Make the most out of your day with Buckingham Palace and Westminster Dome climb combo tickets

Buckingham Palace is the Queen’s London dwelling and also her administrative Headquarters. Situated in Westminster, the palace hosts several state occasions. Originally called Buckingham House, it has become a famous tourist attraction. One of its main highlights for visitors is the guard changing ceremony. Purchase the combo tickets, which includes the Westminster Dome climb, to see the occasion and end your tour with beautiful sights of the city from above.

You will find your guide waiting near the Victoria Memorial. After joining the rest of the tour group, head inside Buckingham Palace to immerse yourself in history and art. During your visit, take the opportunity to see the customary Changing of Guards and Horse Guards, and learn about the tradition’s historical significance from your guide.

Westminster Dome climb - Outside Buckingham Palace
Outside Buckingham Palace

Witness the Changing of Guards with an Expert Guide

You can witness the traditional Changing of the Guards ceremony outside Buckingham Palace. See how the Old Guard exchange duties with the New Guard in this ceremony. Also known as Guard Mounting, Changing the Guard takes place outside the Palace from 10:45 AM and continues for 45 minutes. The final handover happens at 11:00 AM.

Starting from 10:30 AM, the Buckingham Palace Old Guard line up in the forecourt before the Old Guard of St joins them. James’ Palace at 10:45. After that, the New Guard from Wellington Barracks arrives to take over the responsibilities in a formal occasion followed by pleasant music.

The Queen’s Guard looks after Buckingham Palace. They are all active-duty soldiers from the Household Division’s Foot Guards, recognisable by their bearskin hats and red tunics. The British Army comprises both Foot Guards and Horse Guards since the 1660 English Restoration. The regiments are responsible for protecting the monarch’s palaces and have been doing so since the time of King Charles II. The Guards play significant roles in guarding the kingdom other than making ceremonial appearances; they are also operational soldiers.

The event is popular among Londoners as well as tourists, attracting a vast spectator crowd. Make sure you early on time to meet your guide and secure a good spot with a clear view.

Westminster Dome climb - The Queen outside Buckingham Palace
The Queen outside Buckingham Palace

Marvel at the Cityscape of Central London

After witnessing the spectacular ceremony, there is yet another treat for you. Your ticket also allows you to make the Westminster Dome climb and finish your tour exclusively atop the Westminster Dome. Head to St. James’ Park during the second part of your visit to climb the structure. It gives the best views in Westminster and offers breath-taking vistas of the surrounding area. With 360° panoramic views, you’re guaranteed the experience of a lifetime. While you enjoy the majestic skyline, marvelling at London’s surroundings, learn intriguing facts about the Dome and other nearby iconic locations.

So, to make the most of your visit, remember to choose the Westminster Dome climb option after the Changing of the Guards event for a perfect end to your tour.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a guided tour of the Buckingham Palace and witness the changing of the guard ceremony
  • Climb to the rooftop of the Westminster Dome to get a bird's-eye view of London

Includes

  • Changing the Guard (From Special Vantage Point)
  • Exclusive Access to Rooftop
  • Expert Tour Guide

Excludes

  • Hotel Transfers

Additional

  • Tour Times

    The tour is available on Mondays and Wednesdays at 09:45 AM. For exact dates, please check when booking.

  • Getting your tickets

    You will receive email confirmation shortly after booking. Please display your tickets on your mobile device along with valid photo ID to your tour guide.

  • Cancellation Policy

    You may cancel the tour up to 72 hours in advance for a full refund.

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