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Changing of the Guard

| Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA, England
+44 303 123 7300
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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
  • Excellent34%
  • Very good31%
  • Average23%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
| Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA, England
+44 303 123 7300
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Had heard a lot about it so ended up getting out of the house early to go see this. Was highly disappointed. It was so crowded that we could barely see anything. Managed to squeeze through and get till the fence around the palace to...More

Thank Tanuj S
Reviewed 4 days ago

Well worth the crowds and the waiting to see this event take place. Can be difficult to see because of the crowds but at the same time worth it. We did not have kids with us, but kids may struggle due to the above.

Thank Steve M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I looked up the date and time for the next changing of the guards ceremony. But as it was my very first day in London, i arrived only 20 minutes before it started. The place was already packed so I advise you to get there...More

Thank Sawsan M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely crowded everywhere along the route. Suggest getting there at least 30 minutes early to get a good spot to watch. If on the street you will only see the marching band and horses. You need to be right against the gate or on the...More

Thank TravelBrianCO
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The changing of the guard is not just guards changing posts. The is a ceremony that takes place including a formal parade with a band. The band will play a few songs inside of the gates, while the old guard is replaced with the new....More

Thank Troy M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

on Monday Wednesdays Fridays and Sundays unless it rains it stars at 10.40am very colourful marching band to music but more impotent in full dress with busker hats and bright red uniform and black trouser very colourful and marching bands great fun for tourists

Thank LORIAN65
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its a British tradition and its free to watch, check the calendar for when it on and arrive at least 90 minutes before it starts to get a place at the railings, the best view. When we saw it this week the band played some...More

Thank TeamWard
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to see the change of guard. Just unforgettable. It is a unique experience that you will never erase of your mind. Be there like one hour before it starts and locate yourself on the Victoria's Monument on the left hand side facing the...More

1  Thank Cosita65
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Every body goes to Buckingham palace to watch the changing of the guard. You have to go hours in advance to get a nice place.I suggest to go at 11 am to St James palace (Close to Pall Mall). There are few people and you...More

1  Thank UlisesdelBorn
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a ceremonial activity and difficult to cover the entire part in one go due to lot of crowd to watch the same. In addition, a selection of good spot will help in looking at the most part of the ceremony.

Thank Nithy_M
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
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7 November 2017|
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Response from JohnDavid_1956 | Reviewed this property |
We didn't use a guide for changing of the guard and truly you don't need one. We asked the concierge about a cab and the time so we did it ourselves. It doesn't happen every day so be careful not to go on an off day. It... More
11 August 2017|
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Response from GirthMoon | Reviewed this property |
The horses come by the palace twice. Once at around 10.45, coming from their barracks in Hyde Park. As you face the Palace, they will ride towards you from Constitution Hill, the road to the right. They then proceed up The... More
16 July 2017|
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Response from LORIAN65 | Reviewed this property |
10.40am isn't Mon wed Fri and Sunday