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.
Book In Advance
All photos (1,525)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent33%
  • Very good32%
  • Average23%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
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
As featured in No Frills London
| Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA, England
+44 303 123 7300
Improve This Listing
Ways to Experience Changing of the Guard
from USD 27.06
More Info
from USD 24.36
More Info
from USD 52.78
More Info
from USD 87.96
More Info
Reviews (2,095)
There are newer reviews for Changing of the Guard
See the most recent reviews
Filter reviews
1,449 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews buckingham palace wellington barracks victoria memorial marching band pomp and circumstance takes place birdcage walk actual ceremony viewing spot vantage point james park green park queen victoria front row visit london parade horses
Updating list...
21 - 30 of 1,449 reviews
Reviewed 16 November 2018

This is such a moment in history - steeped in tradition - all seasons of the year. It is spectacular - no matter where you stand to watch - it is amazing. The pure 'regalness' of it blows me away every single time I watch.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank snisonger
Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

We happened to be visiting Buckingham Palace at the right time of 10:30am to see the ceremony for the changing of the guard. I was surprised at how long it went for and how much ceremony there was. It was quite entertaining. And it was...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 727tracyw
Reviewed 20 October 2018

this is the changing of the guards which is done daily and it is a privilage to watch the guards. it is an experience not to be missed in london. it is done in the morning and it is always packed.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jeff1955malaysia
Reviewed 16 October 2018

This is an iconic thing to see in person. Glad we went but once is enough. You know ahead that it is going to be incredibly crowded so don't be surprised. It is always crowded. We arrived at 9:45 for 11:00 and the center gate...More

Date of experience: September 2018
4  Thank Trek-Always
Reviewed 16 October 2018

We arrived at Buckingham Palace about 10:15, and people were just starting to gather to watch the changing of the guard. We got a good tip from a local to stand right up against the fence just to the side of the gate, and it...More

Date of experience: October 2018
5  Thank dgdover
Reviewed 12 October 2018

it was incredible to see the changing of the guards and the whole experience was a once in a lifetime thing to do. that being said - it is extremely crowded and tourists are very pushy so you have to deal with a lot in...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Samara T
Reviewed 10 October 2018

We hadn't seen The Changing of the Guard in 7 years, so we fitted it in this visit. It was great to see the fresh ceremony, and they played some pop as well as standard military numbers. Firstly, get there early, it starts at 11:00....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank mike e
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

If you are in London around 10.45 -11.00 One must see this historical event.Very impressive in their uniforms,can walk with them up to Bukingham Palace where many people waiting to see guards change.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Khunchun D
Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

Amber was the best!!! Best tour so far on this trip. funlondontours.com is the agency she knew all the best spots and what to see.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank michaelwW4933YR
Reviewed 4 October 2018

This is a must see event as long as you can handle crowds. Happens everyday from May to July unless it is raining. We arrived an hour early and met up with 100,000 other tourists. Very good but friendly crowd control. You do not need...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank HowardP568
View more reviews
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 1,092 nearby hotels
The Nadler Victoria
1,611 reviews
.34 km away
Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences
1,842 reviews
.41 km away
Dukes Hotel
1,785 reviews
.43 km away
The Rubens at the Palace
4,897 reviews
.43 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 27,338 nearby restaurants
188 reviews
.43 km away
Bon Gusto
416 reviews
.33 km away
1,697 reviews
.40 km away
The Rubens at the Palace
577 reviews
.43 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 6,686 nearby attractions
Buckingham Palace
26,458 reviews
.09 km away
Clarence House
220 reviews
.39 km away
Royal Mews
1,230 reviews
.42 km away
Queen Victoria Memorial
404 reviews
.02 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
17 June 2018|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
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
Maggie S
14 June 2018|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
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|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from mgdoddy | Reviewed this property |
London walking tours or fun London tours Both are great