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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

There were so many people there. People are very rude. Depend on where you line up, you either see the guards matching in or performing the exchange in the yard. There is no good place to stand and see the entire event. They need to...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Felix C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you haven't seen the changing of the guard, you probably want to because it is an iconic experience. However, be aware that it is difficult to get a good view. We arrived more than an hour before the ceremony and snagged one of the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Jenifer C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was ok quite interesting nice thing to have seen stood at the monument was told this was the best place personally if I was going again I'd go to the palace gates to watch

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 726danih
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When in London it is something you must do. Check the web site for the guard Change times as it is not every day. Arrive a good 20 min early to get a spot. Don’t fight for the middle roundabout but instead position yourself outside...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank mcscary1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting ceremony that is more interesting if you have some experience of the military. Pomp and ceremony but no explanation what was going on made it a bit boring to many of the European visitors also watching. Check out on the internet what is planned...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank 395ally
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Arrive at least an hour early to get a spot right at the gates or you will be looking through a crowd. It's a long wait just standing there, but it's a must-see in London. Check the schedule as it does not happen every day....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank vtkaczyk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Check the schedule because they don’t do it every day. We arrived about an hour early and got excellent view. If you hate crowds don’t do this. The police are there to warn you about pickpockets, so it must be a problem. I feel this...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ZombieMommers
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of those experiences that you see because apparently everyone should when in London. I have seen this on TV, in travel brochures and now I can say I have seen this in person. Sadly, I think I prefer the glossy brochure image...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank AdelaideTraveller888
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We so enjoyed watching the changing of the guard at the Palace. Such an amazing historic event. Try and stand near the gates to see the most action. FYI you will be standing for a bit, so find somewhere comfortable to lean on !

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Travellover6128
Reviewed 14 February 2019

We visited Buckingham Palace on a Wednesday morning with our tour guide Jake Clifford. Jake is very knowledgeable with this tour. You can ask him many questions and he would explain in detail. We had a front row review of the guards changing also had...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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sk009
17 June 2018|
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Response from Anthony_Chien | Reviewed this property |
No, you don't need to join the tour. You can go on your own. The best view is actually from the Victoria Memorial. You are on high ground, therefore, you get the view when the guards marches in to the palace, as well the... 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 mgdoddy | Reviewed this property |
London walking tours or fun London tours Both are great
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