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Private Tower of London Opening Ceremony with Changing of The Guard and Cruise
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icon4 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Discover London’s royal history and sights on a London tour by foot and boat. Start with an early access visit to the Tower of London to see the opening ceremony and Crown Jewels without the usual daytime crowds. Then, take to the water on a half-hour River Thames sightseeing cruise. Stroll to Horse Guard’s Parade or Buckingham Palace to see the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony, and learn all about the British Royal Family from a knowledgeable local guide.
  • Guided walking tour of London’s royal sights including the Tower of London and the Changing of the Guard
  • Enjoy early access to the Tower of London and see the dazzling Crown Jewels
  • See top attractions including Big Ben and the London Eye on a Thames River cruise
  • Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace or Horse Guards Parade
  • See Buckingham Palace and learn about Queen Elizabeth II
  • Listen to insightful commentary about London’s royal highlights from a guide
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VIP early-access tickets to Tower of London
Thames River Sightseeing Cruise
Headsets, when needed
Guided walking tour of London’s royal sights
Expert, English-speaking guide
Small groups of 25 people or fewer
Changing of the Guard Ceremony (If option selected)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Gratuities
1 Tower Hl Ter , 1 Tower Hl Ter, London EC3N 4EE, UK

Meeting Point Details: Directly in front of the Ticket Office at Tower of London, look for the City Wonders sign. Arriving by tube: Tower Hill Tube Station: Head west turn right towards Trinity Square, turn left onto Trinity Square, Tower of London - 3 min walk

Buckingham Palace , London SW1A 1AA, UK

This service ends at Buckingham Palace

Arrive at the Tower of London in the morning, and head inside with your early access ticket. Beating the crowds that appear later in the day, you’ll be one of the first inside the site. See the opening ceremony performed by the Beefeater guards, and then explore on your own. Highlights include the Jewel House — home to the Crown Jewels — along with the East Wall Walk, Medieval Palace, Traitors' Gate and the Tower Green: site of many an execution.

Late, at a prearranged time, meet your guide outside the tower and head to the pier. Hop aboard a Thames River cruise boat, and glide along the river into central London. Have your camera ready to capture snaps of some of London’s legendary landmarks as you go; Shakespeare’s Globe, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and St Paul’s Cathedral are all on the route.

From the pier at Embankment, walk with your guide to Horse Guard’s Parade or Buckingham Palace. See the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony, carried out by the red-coated soldiers of the Household Cavalry or Queen’s Foot Guard.

Continue to a vantage spot outside Buckingham Palace to see the balcony where the British Royal Family stand at events, and then bid your guide goodbye.

Please note: If the weather is poor on the day, the timing of the Changing of the Guard may be changed. In the event of this happening, this element of the experience will be replaced with an extended walking tour.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Tower of London
Visiting inside
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Buckingham Palace
Visiting from outside
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Changing of the Guard
Part of the walking tour
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Houses of Parliament
Part of the walking tour
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall
Part of the visit
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Thames River
Part of the walking tour
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • Please note that due to the pandemic, the Tower of London opens 1 hour later until 22/10/2021 and from 02/11/2021 to 23/12/2021. For this reason, we've had to postpone our departure time by 1hour during these periods and we regret that due to time constraints, the changing of the guards ceremony cannot be included in the itinerary and will be replaced with an extended walking tour.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please note that if you book your tour on Tuesday and Thursday, you’ll experience the change of the Household Cavalry.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders UK
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Tower of London Opening Ceremony with Changing of The Guard and Cruise?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the social distancing policy during Private Tower of London Opening Ceremony with Changing of The Guard and Cruise?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Traveler Tips


  • "Worth the money for the early entrance to the Tower and the Crown Jewels and to experience the opening of the Tower." See review
  • "It is really a must for fans of English history and/or the monarchy." See review
  • "This tour is worth the money for just that fact alone." See review

Reviews

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216 Reviews

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star-5
Great Tour
Ken_G
, May 2022
Great tour, filled with all you need to know about London. Tour guy was great and well above the required time!!!
star-5
Tops sites in Central London
JennyT
, May 2022
A great tour of top sites in Central London. Our guide Natalie was terrific and provided interesting commentary throughout. Lots of walking, so beware - wear comfortable shoes and not good for those with mobility issues.
star-4
Great but a little too long
Cynthia_R
, May 2022
Our tour guide was fabulous but I will say the tour was about 30 mins too long. I think they could skip the last part for sure!
star-4
Our guide was extremely...
tkrose83
, May 2022
Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. Wish we could have spent more time at the Tower of London. We saw a lot of historical sites in a short period of time. I would recommend this tour.
star-2
Not worth it.
Karen_G
, May 2022
Only got an hour at tower. Guide never stopped walking so we could take pics. Walked way to fast for a lot of people. Then when we asked to slow down he said the older people should hurry up. It wasn’t worth the money. Wasn’t private tour. He seems like he was in a big hurry. Should have just payed to go inside. Not happy at all. Should be reimbursed for at least half.
star-5
Tower of London to Buckingham Palace
Vicky_F
, May 2022
Tour guide Nathan did a wonderful job of blending historical fact with current events during our tour of the Tower of London to Buckingham Palace. We spent the majority of our time at the Tower which was full of fascinating relics as well as the Crown Jewels. We took a short boat ride to the Horse Guard palace then through St.James Park on to Buckingham Palace. We weren’t able to get too near the palace due to preparations for the upcoming Platinum Jubilee and we did not see the changing of the Guard due to the time of day we were near the Palace, however there was plenty to see and as I said, our tour guide Nathan was very knowledgeable and funny as well
star-5
Well worth the trip
Dawn_B
, May 2022
Sandy was very informative and made the tour interesting I would recommend this tour. The sights are overwhelmingly beautiful
star-5
Fantastic tour!
JayJay_H
, May 2022
Wonderful walking tour! Nathan was amazing and so knowledgeable, we just couldn’t get enough! Wear walking shoes!
star-5
Fun, interesting and informative.
JENNIFER_T
, May 2022
Nathan was an excellent guide! We would recommend this tour with him. Fantastic with wonderful dialogue. Worth every cent.
star-1
Cancelled tour at last minute
Dixie_H
, May 2022
This tour service emailed me the day before the tour to refund or reschedule me. I took the refund and bought my ticket online with an audio guide directly from the Tower of London website and it was perfect and a lot cheaper. No need for a tour guide. Plan on 3 or 4 hours to see everything. It is wonderful.
star-5
A lovely royal guided tour
Nathalie_F
, May 2022
It was a lovely trip, with a look at the Crown Jewels and the armour exhibitions. A wonderful guide (Georgie) with a lot og knowledge. We didn’t see the shift of the guard due to rehaersal for the celebrations for the Queen
star-1
Cancelled tour with no notification from company.
Linda_S
, May 2022
No tour guide shows up for a group of 9 people. No phone call, text or email of cancellation. We spent $50 on a cab ride to meeting place and missed our only chance to changing of the guards while in London during our short visit. Very disappointing!!!!! Would not recommend. Messed up our whole day.
star-5
Our tour guide, Nathan,...
Sherry_W
, May 2022
Our tour guide, Nathan, was awesome! He gave us lots of history as well as stories that may or may not be true. Never let the truth get in the way of a good story!
star-4
Our tour guide, Nathan, was absolutely FANTASTIC!!
Steven_Y
, May 2022
Be advised, however, that the changing of the guard does not occur every day. This tour title is misrepresenting what you'll see if you plan to see the changing of the guard. It happens about every other day. They charge you as if you do get to see it, and you never do. However, if you get Nathan as your tour guide, he'll be the best part of your day.
star-5
Great tour
James_S
, May 2022
Great tour! Our tour guide Richard was very friendly and knowledgeable. My wife and I had a great time.
star-5
See, and learn about, London from the best!
David_H
, May 2022
Nathan was one of the most fantastic tour guides I’ve ever experienced. His love for the history of London is apparent immediately, and he takes you on a historical journey that is both fun and educational. Can’t recommend enough!
star-5
Great tour
Ronald_C
, May 2022
Great experience with a fantastic guide who knew the answers to everything that was asked (Nathan). Great way to see some of the main area attractions.
star-5
Great Tour Guide!
WILLIAMG
, May 2022
Our tour guide was fantastic! He provided lots of historical facts and some of the "behind the scenes" info and made it fun and interesting. Unfortunately, we cannot remember his name, but we would love to have him again in the future if we went for another tour. Because of him the sites were made more interesting and we simply had a great time!
star-5
Had a great tour. Our...
Linda_S
, Apr 2022
Had a great tour. Our guide Amber was very pleasant and very informative. Overall a good tour and I would recommend it to anyone.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
Amazing sights but Horribly Unprofessional Tour Group
Ryan_B
, Apr 2022
The guide was nice and it was amazing to see the Opening Ceremony at The Tower of London. However, when we arrived 5 minutes late, the guide and group were nowhere to be found and the person I spoke to at company was incredibly rude and we thought we missed the tour. He told us they already went inside and they couldn’t come out to get us and that there was nothing we could do about it. We eventually found them about 40 minutes later outside of the Tower. The guide was like, oh there you are. Not sure why they would leave the ticket office after 5 minutes and half the group was missing. This made everything very stressful and tough to enjoy the beginning of the tour. Would never, ever use City Wonders again.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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