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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
+44 303 123 7300
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Reviewed 2 June 2011

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

Date of experience: April 2011
1  Thank Renee M
Reviewed 30 May 2011

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

Date of experience: May 2011
Thank jmgriffith
Reviewed 28 May 2011

As this is an extremely popular and free event is essential to arrive very early to get a good place. Be be close to gate / grills of Palace Bunkingham otherwise you'll see just part of it..

Date of experience: February 2011
2  Thank Cordeiro
Reviewed 2 May 2011

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

Date of experience: March 2011
Thank KymmieGibbler
Reviewed 22 April 2011

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

Thank Furman55
Reviewed 16 October 2010

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

4  Thank charellison
Reviewed 26 September 2010

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

3  Thank ct-cruisers
Reviewed 11 September 2010

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

1  Thank traderworld
Reviewed 15 July 2010

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

Thank onthego1216
Reviewed 15 September 2009

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

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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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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