Day 1 – Royalty and the ‘Line of Kings’

Changing the Guard

Start your visit with ‘Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace’. Daily at 11am, a regiment of the King’s Foot Guard will march from nearby barracks to Buckingham Palace, accompanied by a marching band. The stirring ceremony lasts around 30 minutes.

At the same time, the lesser-known ‘Changing of The King’s Life Guard’ takes place on Horse Guards Parade in central London – however, on Sundays it happens at 10am . These men and women belong to the ‘Household Cavalry’ – a squadron of mounted Life Guards (red tunics and white plumed helmets) and a squadron of mounted Blues and Royals (blue tunics and red plumed helmets).

You will need the following tickets for this tour:

Tickets for Changing the Guard

Tower of London

The Tower of London is the most historic castle in England. It was founded towards the end of 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England. The White Tower, which gives the entire castle its name, was built by William the Conqueror in 1078.  Originally, a resented symbol of oppression, the castle has been a fortification, royal palace, prison and a gunpowder store.  It’s still home to the Crown Jewels – a dazzling multi-million pound collection of gold and diamonds created by Charles II upon the restoration of the monarchy.

Expansions to the castle were made under Kings Richard the Lionheart, Henry III and Edward I. From the early 14th century until the reign of Charles II, a procession would be led from the Tower to Westminster Abbey on the coronation of a monarch – along today’s Cheapside (old English for ‘shopside’) in the City of London.

Visit the rooms where Elizabeth I, Sir Walter Raleigh, Thomas Cranmer and Sir Thomas More were imprisoned. and see where Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard ended their days.

You will need the following tickets for this tour:

Tickets for the Tower of London

Tower Bridge

One of the most photographed bridges in the world, it was built in 1894 to provide shipping access into the ‘Pool of London’.  It is a medieval Gothic style, to blend with the adjacent Tower of London, but underneath the ornate stonework is a framework of steel.  Drive or walk across the bridge to experience its full grandeur.

You will need the following tickets for this tour:

Tickets for Tower Bridge

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