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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

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

Thank TravelingSoccerLoon
Reviewed 2 days 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.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

Thank 727tracyw
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank jeff1955malaysia
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

3  Thank Trek-Always
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

3  Thank dgdover
Reviewed 12 October 2018

it was incredible to see the changing of the guards and the whole experience was a once in a lifetime thing to do. that being said - it is extremely crowded and tourists are very pushy so you have to deal with a lot in...More

Thank Samara T
Reviewed 10 October 2018

We hadn't seen The Changing of the Guard in 7 years, so we fitted it in this visit. It was great to see the fresh ceremony, and they played some pop as well as standard military numbers. Firstly, get there early, it starts at 11:00....More

Thank mike e
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

If you are in London around 10.45 -11.00 One must see this historical event.Very impressive in their uniforms,can walk with them up to Bukingham Palace where many people waiting to see guards change.

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Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

Amber was the best!!! Best tour so far on this trip. funlondontours.com is the agency she knew all the best spots and what to see.

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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
11 May 2018|
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Response from micheledM4464JW | Reviewed this property |
London walking tours or fun London tours Both are great
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