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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 14 February 2019

We booked the Changing of the Guard (COTG) Guided Walking Tour in London through TripAdvisor (Viator) and had Gavin as our guide and we were very satisfied with spending the extra money for a tour guide. Gavin was energetic, informative and thoroughly entertaining. We had...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ericHwanders
Reviewed 13 February 2019 via mobile

Although it might be long, it is a beautiful walk around Backingham Palace and you can enjoy the guard changing and playing during the process of change. I find it one of the MUST SEE, if you visit London

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank carladeviaje28
Reviewed 5 February 2019

I knew it would be crowded, I knew it was a typical tourist attraction, but I couldn't convince my teenager daughter not to go. We arrived late, just 15min before the beginning and we saw nothing, just some guards coming in and then coming out....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Virginiapinto
Reviewed 18 January 2019 via mobile

We visited Buckingham Palace on a Sunday morning in December to witness the Changing of the Guard Ceremony. Be warned, it does get extremely busy! Make sure you check the start time first & then arrive well before it! We arrived nice & early &...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 23 December 2018 via mobile

Even this time of year get there at least one hour early to be up against the gates or in a prime spot at the Victoria fountain across the street. Around 10am. You will not be allowed to walk around the roads or leave the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank BronzeBaron
Reviewed 11 December 2018

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 7 December 2018

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
1  Thank Steve-70
Reviewed 23 November 2018 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
3  Thank LVworldTraveler
Reviewed 23 November 2018

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 18 November 2018

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