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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 20 August 2018 via mobile

Changing of the guard was 11am today We arrived 0945. Got a good spot By 1030 we were getting crushed towards the gates By 11am (the start) I thought we were going to die from suffocation. My daughter (12) was smashed into the railings by...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

No trip to london would be complete without a tour of Buckingham palace and watching the guards change. We signed up with City of Wonders and our tour guide Rob was very knowledgable. There is A LOT of walking on this tour and its at...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

Well.... how do I say this. Got there 1 hour early so could be close to the fence. Waited an hour then was kinda disappointed. My sons high school band was 10 times better than them. It really was not impressive, the guards all looked...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Gina M
Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

We decided to try and watch changing of the guard, we walked from Victoria Station to Buckingham Palace and I couldn't believe the amount of people there already. We spoke to a lovely policewoman who advised us of a good place to try and stand...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 14 August 2018

Despite all the reviews saying it is spectacular or very royal, I wasn't that particularly excited or overjoyed to see it. Mopinion of the changing of the guard (a few months after actually seeing it) are that : - they are an important part of...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 14 August 2018

it was really interesting very royal and extremely entertaining. would advise to come there very early for a good place.

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank sunnyboy20182018
Reviewed 11 August 2018

If you have the chance to visit London during summer then Changing of the Guard is an event you should not miss (also because in the same time you can actually visit the Buckingham Palace, summer being the only time of the year when you...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank costinbusioc
Reviewed 10 August 2018 via mobile

Angus was our tour guide and he was fantastic, knowledgeable, personable and fun. The ceremony takes place in several locations both going to and coming from the Palace. Angus made sure we could see as much as possible. Highly recommend!

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 9 August 2018 via mobile

Very crowded, need to go early to get better viewing area or it’s tough to make the case that it’s worth attending! Nice for kids to see.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank BYG17
Reviewed 8 August 2018

We went with a tour and were able to get nice places to see the change of guard. It was a really nice experience.

Date of experience: July 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