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Changing of the Guard

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Address: | Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA, England
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+44 303 123 7300
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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A must see in London, outside Buckingham Palace, but check out the schedule...

A must see in London, outside Buckingham Palace, but check out the schedule as it only happens daily from May to July, otherwise on alternate days

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A great tradition and a very popular tourist attractions that can not be missed. This is a great selfie opportunity if you can find a spot near the ropes and have a clear view to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A great tradition and a very popular tourist attractions that can not be missed. This is a great selfie opportunity if you can find a spot near the ropes and have a clear view to the regiment.

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my second time seeing the changing of the guard...but this time in rain. It did not take away from the experience of the pomp and circumstance.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A classic British thing to do in London. Don't miss this! I went with Fun-in-London and we ran to all the different sites and locations to see all the activities. And on the Mall, as everyone stood and watched, I stepped off the curb and onto the gutter if the street and marched along with the band! What fun (my... More 

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Winter Springs, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The ceremony is beautiful! I've always wanted to see it and it was definitely worth it. Though you have to go WELL before it starts to get a good spot, or you'll be watching in between heads.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We hadn't planned on coming here, but the tour bus guide told us where to go and that we should get there in time. First impressions were of enormous crowds- what for? Was the Queen coming? Was something going on we hadn't been told about? No, the vast crowds were just there to see the changing of the guards! As... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went to see the changing of the guard on a dreich morning in December and were amazed at the size of the crowd considering this event takes place every second day. It's pretty well what you'd expect from the British regiments - beautifully planned and executed and somehow very reassuring. Well Done!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

British tradition, a must see when in London. Organised well re traffic & security. Lots of tourists even out of season.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Good to see if you have not seen it before but make sure you get the timing right, only done at certain times of the day :)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

From 15 January until mid-March, the Ceremony will tale place on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, starting at 10.15. There are also additional security measures in place, so keep that in mind.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

We thought the changing of the guard would take about 15 minutes with new guards replacing the guards in the boxes on either side of the palace entrance. We expected a bit of ceremony. Well, the change is full of pomp and circumstance involving much marching backwards and forwards, musical numbers, the red guard and blue guard, marching up The... More 

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If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square, and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just up the road as well. As captivating as the architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.
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