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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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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is massively crowded even during off season. It's absolutely not worth the hassle. You're probably going to be watching the whole thing through the sea of cell phone screens that the crowd is holding up in front of you. Plus the ceremony itself isn't...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Daniel_O_llll
Reviewed 1 week ago

We knew it would be busy so got there early (10am), and waited on a cold UK morning. Well worth the wait as the ceremony began and the guards changed over - great to say we have done it and it was quite spectacular really.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Steve-70
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You must make time for the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Exit the Piccadilly Line at Green Park. Only a 5 minute walk through Hyde Park gets you the Buckingham Palace. Go immediately to the steps across the street and stake out...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank LVworldTraveler
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It should be a great attraction because people can see how groups of royal guard soldiers changing their schedules to serve and guard Buckingham Palace. However because it is too touristy and also because of free, this attraction becomes too touristy and attracts so many...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank santo-trainsspotter7
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In some ways, doesn't live up to all the hype but still something that should be experienced when visiting London. Arrive an hour before the 11:30am start if you want a spot along the fence around the palace for the best viewing location. Beware that...More

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank TravelingSoccerLoon
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is such a moment in history - steeped in tradition - all seasons of the year. It is spectacular - no matter where you stand to watch - it is amazing. The pure 'regalness' of it blows me away every single time I watch.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank snisonger
Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

We happened to be visiting Buckingham Palace at the right time of 10:30am to see the ceremony for the changing of the guard. I was surprised at how long it went for and how much ceremony there was. It was quite entertaining. And it was...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 20 October 2018

this is the changing of the guards which is done daily and it is a privilage to watch the guards. it is an experience not to be missed in london. it is done in the morning and it is always packed.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jeff1955malaysia
Reviewed 16 October 2018

This is an iconic thing to see in person. Glad we went but once is enough. You know ahead that it is going to be incredibly crowded so don't be surprised. It is always crowded. We arrived at 9:45 for 11:00 and the center gate...More

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank Trek-Always
Reviewed 16 October 2018

We arrived at Buckingham Palace about 10:15, and people were just starting to gather to watch the changing of the guard. We got a good tip from a local to stand right up against the fence just to the side of the gate, and it...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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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
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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 mgdoddy | Reviewed this property |
London walking tours or fun London tours Both are great
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