We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Changing of the Guard

| Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA, England
+44 303 123 7300
Book In Advance
More Info
USD 50.98*
and up
Royal London Sightseeing Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony with...
More Info
USD 103.38*
and up
Royal London Walking Tour Including Early Access to the Tower of London and...
More Info
USD 45.32*
and up
The Original London Sightseeing Tour: Hop-on Hop-off
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
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
  • Excellent31%
  • Very good34%
  • Average23%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
| Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA, England
+44 303 123 7300
Write a ReviewReviews (1,917)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 1,329 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

They just marsh to palace and the march back. Absolutely not worth spending time for this. Unless it's very good weather and You have hour to burn.

Thank UncleScroogefromLt
Reviewed 4 days ago

The entire changing of the guard takes over two hours, but we saw the part where the new guards were marching in. Since it was winter, they had the gray coats over their red uniforms, but it was still very exciting to watch. The band...More

Thank GriffinH9
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s hard to visit London without going to see Buckingham Palace. My children wanted to watch The Changing of the Guard at the palace. We popped down on a Sunday morning and happened to catch the first time in 348 years that the Navy were...More

1  Thank James_Sam
Reviewed 1 week ago

We met up at Piccadilly Square & our guide Matt took us on the Changing of the Guard tour, this was a special day as it was a rehearsal for the Queens Birthday Parade. Instead of seeing around 12 Guards we seen over 400 Guards...More

Thank Brian J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You get a great view standing to the side of the palace or standing at the Victoria Memorial. Arrive at least 30 mins before and be prepared for crowds of people some of whom can be very pushy! Not to mention the selfie stick brigade!!

Thank Pumpkin20
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good show w/ family, especially when it is free. I would recommend standing at the Victoria Memorial if you have children, you can see the who event. If you stand near the gate, you can only see part of the event. Beware this event can...More

Thank Anthony_Chien
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a wanderful and spectacular rite. It's a little bit difficult to attend to it because of the particular hour in which it takes place. But if you're able to be there in time I suggest it.

Thank SarahRTW
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Obviously the Changing or the guards is a must do in London, specially with this guide, Matt Gedge, that took us to Buckingham Palace while telling us the story of London, the Royal London. It's been a great experience that I recommend to everyone that...More

Thank Sofia080903
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First things first, the actual changing of the guard ceremony occurs inside of the gates of Buckingham Palace. It is very hard to see this ceremony unless you are right up against the gates. But you will have to BATTLE your way up through thousands...More

5  Thank Mindy M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Changing of the Guard is a must see if you are visiting London especially if you may not make it back again. Though there are plenty of very interesting sites in London, I would try to fit it in if possible. It is one...More

1  Thank Jeff V
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
Nearby HotelsSee all 1,077 hotels in London
The Nadler Victoria
1,121 reviews
.34 km away
Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences
1,618 reviews
.41 km away
Dukes Hotel
1,517 reviews
.43 km away
The Rubens at the Palace
4,384 reviews
.43 km away
Nearby Restaurants
1,523 reviews
.40 km away
Afternoon Tea at The Rubens at the Palace
500 reviews
.43 km away
Bon Gusto
207 reviews
.33 km away
Buckingham Arms
169 reviews
.38 km away
Nearby Attractions
Buckingham Palace
22,204 reviews
.09 km away
Royal Mews
1,051 reviews
.41 km away
Queen Victoria Memorial
328 reviews
.03 km away
The Queen's Gallery
494 reviews
.25 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
7 November 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
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|
AnswerShow all 8 answers
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|
AnswerShow all 7 answers
Response from LORIAN65 | Reviewed this property |
10.40am isn't Mon wed Fri and Sunday