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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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Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile

Well, we visited Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace, Holyrood House, Windsor Castle and The Yacht Britannia on this trip. Unless you are obsessed with the Royals, I would pick and choose. How many Drawing Rooms and Dressing Rooms and Closets can one walk through. I would...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

Can't believe people are moaning about this. We stumbled on it by accident when there were already gazillions at the gate. We went further up the mall and got great pics n videos of the band. If you want to see it in the actual...More

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank vmc1978
Reviewed 3 September 2018

If you are traveling with family with kids, Take them here. They will love the parade. You can enjoy St. James Park also nearby.

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank manganam
Reviewed 2 September 2018

You can locate yourself in the traffic circle in front of the castle, and that might be the best overall view, since it is elevated slightly and you might be able to see the changing, but most certainly the marching in and out of the...More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank Robert MB B B
Reviewed 1 September 2018

Changing of the Guard is a really cool experience when visiting London. If you want a close view near the gates, you MUST get there no later than 9:30am. You'll have to wait another 90 minutes to view the show, but it is worth every...More

Date of experience: August 2018
4  Thank tripping20166
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Make sure you go early to get a good spot. Check the calendar and make sure they are having the ceremony. If you go early and get a good view point, you will have to wait, but it is worth the wait. You will have...More

Date of experience: July 2018
6  Thank Lisa B
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

on Monday Wednesdays Fridays and Sundays unless it rains it stars at 10.40am very colourful marching band to music but its fun to see them in full dress with busker hats and bright red uniform and black trouser very colourful and marching bands great fun...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank LORIAN65
Reviewed 22 August 2018

Check in advance what days it takes place. It starts around 11am. If you want to just see them get to the palace, then definitely be there by around 10am to get a good viewing spot. However, if you want a trick to be able...More

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank StationToStation
Reviewed 21 August 2018

It is some years since I witnessed Changing the Guard in London (though have seen the same ceremony at Windsor more recently) and it was quite by chance that a friend and I stumbled across it last week. We had arrived at Green Park station...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank lillibet12309
Reviewed 20 August 2018

The Changing of the Guard is an important ceremony that occurs daily as one set of guards are relieved by another set. I won't go into the details as to which Regiments are involved, or all the tradition. I will say that I've seen the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Jay S
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Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just
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sk009
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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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.
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MiamiMar
11 May 2018|
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Response from mgdoddy | Reviewed this property |
London walking tours or fun London tours Both are great
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