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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 October 2018

I have dreamed about this event since I was a kid and to witness it live was more than words can express.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Andrae W
Reviewed 29 September 2018

A good view is not possible as most of the ceremony is inside the main palace . Its always crowded and people dont move . Just 2 times the guards will pass on the outer road . The crowds are there since early morning .ceremony...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank rachnasingh2014
Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile

I heard from others that you should get to Buckingham Palace at least one hour before the 11:00 am parade. I got there 80 minutes beforehand and was surprised to see a crowd already accumulated in and around the gate/fence of the Palace. Although I...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank shernellt
Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile

I've always wondered what's the big deal with the changing of the guards and why there's a facination surrounding it. This my third visit to London I decided to go with friends to keep their company. We took the train to Victoria train station then...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank ChicaEmery
Reviewed 25 September 2018 via mobile

Hard to find a better place to spend 2 hours standing with 50,000 smelly, pushy strangers to watch some boring pomp of the royal crown. We got there early to get a good spot to watch. In the 45 minutes prior to the start we...More

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank HersheyMcSquirts
Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

They just cancelled, and we knew because it was 30 minutes after the scheduled time and nothing happened. There was no announcement or anything of the sort. We were soaked and cold, and just walked away looking for a warm cafe to seat and rest.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank David__Haifa
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

Unless you like marching bands don’t go to this much celebrated event. You have incredible large crowds gathered for the purpose of a marching band walk by that takes about 2 minutes. Once inside the gate un-opposing military figures march up and down a few...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank scotttP792RQ
Reviewed 20 September 2018

nice to see a British tradition, be there 30 minutes early, like 10:30 to make sure you get a good place to see it; best place to sit is just in front of the palace near the gates

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Camper384535
Reviewed 18 September 2018 via mobile

We went to the changing of the guard and were very impressed with the spectacle. I would recommend getting there a couple hours early to claim your spot on the fence. There are very large crowds that form and many of the visitors from (how...More

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank H2102WMeds
Reviewed 16 September 2018

This is one of the best known events in London. Thousands of tourists find places along the route to watch this ceremony each week. Guards march into the front courtyard at Buckingham Palace from multiple directions, accompanied by their marching bands. In a choreographed parade,...More

Date of experience: August 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
Maggie S
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