Musement Tickets : Helping Travellers Get The Best From Their Destinations
I get a lot of emails and messages from tourists and locals asking what are the key things to do in London and I always say you can’t come here and not experience the traditions of the royal family which are such an integral part of British culture. There are not many better ways to experience this quite like the Changing of the Guard.
The Changing of The Guard has been in action since 1660. It is a traditional event which sees one group of royal guards changing over for the next. Each soldier protects the royal family for approximately two hours each and every day, through the changing of the guard ceremony, they swap over with a new group of soldiers who will continue to guard for further two hour windows.
As you can imagine, the ceremony can get very crowded and it can be hard to know where best to watch, what times to go and what is actually happening! Especially if you are with children you don’t want to be getting lost in the crowds or dragging them from pillar to post – that’s not fun for anyone.
With this in mind, I booked a ticket for the Changing of the Guard walking tour through Musement.com . Musement are much more than a ticket booking website and they pride themselves on helping travellers get the best from their destination by providing a huge range of activities from temporary to exclusive, hidden gems and even free activities. Musement have kindly sponsored this blog post but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. The booking process was very simple and my tickets arrived promptly by email with clear instructions on our chosen tour, how to get to our meeting point and anything important we needed to know.
We met our guide underneath the famous Duke of York column along the mall near Buckingham Palace. He gave us a quick briefing as to what expect from our tour as well as supplying us with headphones so we could hear clearly above the busy crowds – a great feature in my opinion. We headed off on our walking tour for the next hour and a half to learn about and experience The Changing of The Guard ceremony.
The route set us off walking down the famous mall which leads to the Palace, past the statues of King George and Queen Elizabeth, along Marlborough House Gardens, before stopping off St James’s Palace to see the first part of the ceremony. The ceremony actually happens in various places around Buckingham Palace which a lot of people don’t know – another great reason to go on this tour!
Next, we wandered to Buckingham palace, Clarence House and Green Park, learning so many great facts and pieces of history about the ceremony and the royal family in general. Did you know that Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms? Isn’t that crazy!
For the final leg of the tour we set down to the left of Buckingham Palace with an amazing view of the oncoming soldiers and the band, before being instructed to rush over to Wellington Barracks to spy the arrival of Regimental flag before the crowds got there. The Wellington Barracks part of the ceremony is not very well known and something people who visit the ceremony tend to miss, so to have an expert guide tell us and show us this was brilliant.
I can’t recommend the Changing of the Guard tour enough which I booked through Musement.com. The tour was one and a half hours long and our local expert effortlessly guided us through the experience in an educational but really fun way. Not only that, the guide was clearly very experienced and his insider knowledge meant we got to see the ceremony in all the best spots and the less ‘touristy’ areas. It felt almost exclusive!
If this has inspired you to book tickets to the Changing of The Guard tour or any other great London experiences on their website, you can find all the information you need on Musement’s website right here.