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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
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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| Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went to the changing of the guard and were very impressed with the spectacle. I would recommend getting there a couple hours early to claim your spot on the fence. There are very large crowds that form and many of the visitors from (how...More

Thank Ed S
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is one of the best known events in London. Thousands of tourists find places along the route to watch this ceremony each week. Guards march into the front courtyard at Buckingham Palace from multiple directions, accompanied by their marching bands. In a choreographed parade,...More

Thank GoAlong2
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Well, we visited Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace, Holyrood House, Windsor Castle and The Yacht Britannia on this trip. Unless you are obsessed with the Royals, I would pick and choose. How many Drawing Rooms and Dressing Rooms and Closets can one walk through. I would...More

Thank L D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Can't believe people are moaning about this. We stumbled on it by accident when there were already gazillions at the gate. We went further up the mall and got great pics n videos of the band. If you want to see it in the actual...More

1  Thank vmc1978
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are traveling with family with kids, Take them here. They will love the parade. You can enjoy St. James Park also nearby.

1  Thank manganam
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can locate yourself in the traffic circle in front of the castle, and that might be the best overall view, since it is elevated slightly and you might be able to see the changing, but most certainly the marching in and out of the...More

1  Thank Robert MB B B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Changing of the Guard is a really cool experience when visiting London. If you want a close view near the gates, you MUST get there no later than 9:30am. You'll have to wait another 90 minutes to view the show, but it is worth every...More

3  Thank tripping20166
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Make sure you go early to get a good spot. Check the calendar and make sure they are having the ceremony. If you go early and get a good view point, you will have to wait, but it is worth the wait. You will have...More

4  Thank Lisa B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

on Monday Wednesdays Fridays and Sundays unless it rains it stars at 10.40am very colourful marching band to music but its fun to see them in full dress with busker hats and bright red uniform and black trouser very colourful and marching bands great fun...More

Thank LORIAN65
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Check in advance what days it takes place. It starts around 11am. If you want to just see them get to the palace, then definitely be there by around 10am to get a good viewing spot. However, if you want a trick to be able...More

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sk009
17 June 2018|
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Response from E'Dwina P | Reviewed this property |
We went with a tour group and were able to get preferential viewing. I am sure you could go early for a good spot, but our guide had us in position just a few minutes before everything started and it was a good location... More
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Maggie S
14 June 2018|
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Response from Hitesh G | Reviewed this property |
No tickets are required to watch COG. you just need to reach on time and find an ideal place to watch. Tip :- carry your binoculars and find a central location at a height.
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MiamiMar
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Response from micheledM4464JW | Reviewed this property |
London walking tours or fun London tours Both are great
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