Changing of the Guard, Westminster & Tower of London: Full-Day Tour

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  • 6 hr

Enjoy a private full-day tour of Royal London, including Westminster, the Changing of the Guard, the Tower of London, and a visit to the Jewel House to admire the Crown Jewels.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Travel Curious

Experience a full-day private tour of London's spectacular Royal landmarks with a private and knowledgeable Blue Badge guide and discover the most popular sites including the Tower of London, the best of Westminster and the opportunity to see the Changing of the Guard. 

On your private full-day tour, you will:

  • Visit  Parliament Square and see the famous Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey (from the outside only);
  • Walk through St James’s Park, see the giant marble memorial to Queen Victoria in front of Buckingham Palace and follow the famous Changing of the Guard parade;
  • See St James's Palace and Horse Guards Parade;
  • Walk along Whitehall to see number 10 Downing Street and through Trafalgar Square;
  • Enjoy a scenic boat ride along the Thames with views of St Paul’s Cathedral and the Globe Theatre;
  • Explore the Tower of London, a former royal castle turned traitor's prison;
  • Go round the White Tower, the armoury and mint; 
  • Step inside the dungeons and torture chambers, walk the battlements and visit the Chapel Royal; 
  • Learn about the Princes in the TowerHenry VIII and the fate of his wives Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, the young Lady Jane GreySir Walter Raleigh, and many others; 
  • Meet the ravens and the Beefeaters or Yeoman Warders who guard the Tower;
  • Admire the dazzling Crown Jewels;
  • End outside the Jewel House where you are free to explore more at your own leisure or exit the Tower with your guide. 

Please note: that the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace normally happens on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturday, but this is subject to change and weather conditions. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays you will see the changing of the Horseguards at Horse Guards Parade on Whitehall. The tour begins at 10 a.m. every day except Sunday when it begins at 9.15 a.m.

Enjoy Royal London on this fantastic day tour that begins in the heart of Westminster, follows the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and ends with the sight of the dazzling Crown Jewels at the Tower of London. 

Meet your guide at Westminster for a tour outside the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. Learn about the political history of Parliament Square and its relationship to The Crown. Westminster Abbey has been the site of 38 coronations since 1066, and numerous royal weddings and funerals, including the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and Her Majesty The Queen's state funeral. 

From Westminster, wander up Birdcage Walk where you will follow the pomp and pageantry of the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Follow the Guardsmen and military band, with their famous red coats and black bearskin hats to Buckingham Palace. Head into Trafalgar Square, via Horseguards Parade, and along Whitehall - the political nerve centre of the UK and the address of 10 Downing Street - home to the British Prime Minister. 

Enjoy a scenic boat ride along the Thames to Tower Bridge. You'll get to see London and Waterloo Bridges, the London Eye, the Globe, the skyscrapers, and St Paul’s Cathedral from the boat. 

Your guide will then accompany you to St. Katherine's Docks for lunch (not included), after which you will enjoy an exclusive private tour of the infamous Tower of London, with reserved tickets included. 

Then it's time to enter the Tower of London! Walk past Traitor's Gate and discover the many stories and scandals hidden within the walls of this ancient building.  It was formerly a moated royal palace, that became an armoury, a royal mint, a zoo... and most famously the traitor's prison! You'll meet the Beefeaters and the ravens who guard the Tower and discover the stories behind some of the Tower's most famous prisoners from the young Princes in the Tower to Queen Anne Boleyn and Lady Jane Grey whose graffiti you can still see in her prison cell. 

Explore the White Tower, the oldest part of the fortress, walk the battlements, enter the torture chambers (if you dare!) and visit the Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula, where some very famous queens are buried.  

Best of all, you will be able to admire the dazzling Crown Jewels which are kept behind extensive security in the aptly-named Jewel House. 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the strict security measures in place and the moving viewing platform, your guide cannot accompany you but will wait for you at the exit.

End your tour inside the Tower to explore more at your leisure - or return to modern life with your guide! 


Tour duration
6 hours

Type of tour
Walking tour with River Cruise

Tickets included
- English-Speaking Tour Guide
- Timed entry tickets to the Tower of London
- A River Thames  boat ride from Embankment Pier to Tower of London Pier

Other inclusions
- Gratuities optional
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off are not included
- Food & drinks are not included

Suitable for
Couples, Family, History Buffs, Intellectually Curious

Attractions along this route:

Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace is the official London residence for HM Queen Elizabeth II and it's one of London’s most popular attractions.

Big Ben
Renamed "Elizabeth Tower" for the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II, the iconic Victorian clock tower of London, has become a symbol of the city itself.

Changing of The King's Guard
The Changing of The King's Guard is one of London's most popular tourist attractions it takes place in front of Buckingham Palace at 10:45 am and it lasts about 45 minutes.

Downing Street
The home of some of the most important members of the British Government, including the Prime Minister himself.

Tower of London
One of England's first Norman castles, as well as its most feared prison and the home of the Crown Jewels.

Trafalgar Square
A beautiful historic square in the heart of London and one of the city's top tourist attractions.

Tower Bridge
London's iconic bridge across the River Thames, with two beautiful Victorian towers.

Westminster Abbey
One of London's oldest and most magnificent churches, with a long-standing connection to the royal family.

The Mall
London's royal avenue leading from Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace.

St James's Palace
The official home of the sovereign of the United Kingdom, built in Tudor red brick.

St James's Park
A green oasis in royal London that is host to numerous ceremonies - and has a lake complete with pelicans.

Thames River Boat
A River Thames Boat Ride is one of the most picturesque ways to travel through London like a Londoner while enjoying amazing views of the most popular landmarks.

Horse Guards Parade at St James's Park
An old tournament ground that now serves as an area for royal and military ceremonies.

Whitehall Place
Recognised as the centre of Her Majesty's Government and the seat of power for the United Kingdom.

The Crown Jewels
The Crown Jewels,Kings and queens of England have stored crowns in Tower of London
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