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Hard to pin down what makes the Changing of the Guard so special - that being said you either love it or hate it. Perhaps it epitomizes British pomp and stiffness? Maybe it's the incredible red of the tunics? Maybe the bands? The crowds? The...More
Going to the Changing of the Guard is something I wouldn't go to London without doing. We got there early (10:30am) and got a decent spot for viewing. If you're not there by 10:30, then don't waste your time going at all! To be honest...More
While we were in London, the changing of the guard was only every other day. We arrived 30 mins before but the crowds were already large and views were minimal. When the guards started arriving and the ceremony started, the views are further obstructed by...More
Watching the changing of the guard is a bit complicated, as they do all the military regiment inside the palace gates. It is neat to see the new guard march in down the The Mall, but after that you can move on as the show...More
During Summer, the changing of the Guardd Ceremony rauns daily and ALWAYS attracts a crowd. It starts at 11.30am, but the guards start entering with their horse after 11am. To get a good spot, I recommend getting there around 10.45-11am and instead of getting pushed...More
We enjoyed our visit to Buckingham Palace to witness the changing of the guard. The best spot to watch the troops marching in was at the Queen Victoria Memorial Monument opposite the gates to Buckingham Palace. It gives an elevated view so other people will...More
We went to see the Changing of the Guard after hearing so much about it....NEVER again. We were treated to a crowd of thousands of pushing, shoving, obnoxious and rude people trying to jockey for position to see a bit of the action. It was...More
We went to Buckingham Palace on a cool sunny morning expecting to be wowed by the Changing of the Guard. Instead the crowds were horrible - mostly obnoxious school kids. The ceremony lasts longer than what I thought, and since the majority of it takes...More
We loved it, just so 'British', although I think we were fortunate that we got the guide book first, it was pocketed sized and ideal to take along, we knew exactly what was going to happen and when and quite a few people asked us...More
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
highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.
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
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 entire changing of the guards.
Don't gather around the fence, like a lot of people do. You either only see the guards marching in/out (but not the changing of the guard), or you only see the changing of the guard, but not the guards marching in/out.