Complete Tour Description
No visit to London is complete without taking in some iconic British traditions: Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace, a guided walk through the regal St James Park and a rare glimpse into the working lives of the royal household at the State Stables, The Royal Mews.
Begin your day with a stroll through St James Park where your guide will reveal the fascinating history of the park, share stories of the royal residences along the way and give you time to take in the amazing floral displays, the lazy river winding it's way to the palace, and you may even spot the Queen's very own pair of Black Swans. Originally bought by Henry VII to build York Palace, this beautiful park was once marshland.
Your tour through the Park will bring you to the front of Buckingham Palace just in time to witness the exciting Changing the Guard ceremony. Our guides know exactly when and where to be so you get up close to the sound of the horse’s hooves and the calling of the guards as they carry out the world-famous ceremony – where the Queen’s easy-to-spot Foot Guards, with their red tunics and unmistakable bearskin hats, march to Buckingham Palace together with the military band or where the Household Cavalry Change the Guard at Horse Guard's Parade.
Next, we'll take you to Buckingham Palace's Royal Mews State Stables. You'll see horses, carriages, golden coaches and even the modern day transports used to get the royal family where they need to be. With all these horses changing guard every day, the mews is a busy place, and our tour gets you right in the center of all that action, while also giving you the opportunity to appreciate the long history and tradition behind the world's most iconic monarchy.
Put yourself in the picture with interactive displays and an official multimedia guide at your disposal providing a lively insight into daily life at the mews from the staff and some exclusive audio snippets from members of the royal family. You'll visit State Stable room where you can admire the royal uniforms and play dress up in specially-created livery and a replica coach to sit and practice your royal wave in, a picture perfect moment.
This is a unique opportunity to see the famous Diamond Jubilee Coach and the Gold State Coach. And for the animal lovers, you'll delight at the chance to get close to the magnificent Windsor Grey and Cleveland Bay horses that live at the stables, if you're lucky you may even see the horses out on training parade.
Immerse yourself in London’s most cherished traditions with the knowledge and expertise of a local guide on our The Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace Tour with Changing the Guards