Changing the Guard at Windsor Castle

Windsor Guard Mount

The Windsor Castle guard is provided by the resident regiment of Foot Guards, from the Household Division, in their full-dress uniform of red tunics and bearskins accompanied by the Guards Band.


Where to see the Guard Change

The new guard, accompanied by the band, march from Victoria barracks, up Sheet Street, left into the High Street, past the Parish Church and the Guildhall, then turn right onto Castle Hill by Queen Victoria's Statue and into the Castle.

The Guard Mount takes place inside Windsor Castle and you will need a ticket to the castle to see the old and new guard exchange duties.

After the Guard Mount the old guard and band return to Victoria barracks, following the same route. See map.


Checking dates and times before you plan your visit

We know that many of you are planning well in advance and are looking to plan your visit to London and to see Changing the Guard so as a guide and based on our past experience this is a provisional idea of when the guard change at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle is likely to take place.

However it is really important to double check this, unfortunately we wont always know until late on but activities such as major Sporting Events, State Visits and Trooping the Colour are all events that can affect the ceremony.

However purely as a general guide we expect the following schedules:


Buckingham Palace

March and April every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

May, June and July - daily

August onwards every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday


Windsor Castle

March and April every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

May, June and July - daily

August onwards every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Windsor Castle Guard Mount Time & Schedule

Changing the Guard also takes place at Windsor Castle every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 11am and the Changing of The King's Life Guard usually takes place daily at Horse Guards Parade at 11am (10am on Sundays).

Please Note:
Please note that this schedule is set by the British Army and is subject to change.

Confirmed schedules are posted toward the end of the current month.


Pre-book tickets for Windsor Castle

Tickets are open-dated and can be used any time.