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Changing of the Guard

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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
Westminster
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+44 303 123 7300
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I saw the changing of the guards as a child in the early 1970s. My memory of that show is better than the current show. The current version of the show is too "show business" in my opinion. I showed up expecting a throwback to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So interesting to see the traditions that have been followed for hundreds of years. We saw it at Windsor Castle but no matter where you see it, it will be the same.

Thank evacray
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to the Changing of the Guards three times--the first time I watched from in front of Buckingham Palace, the second time I did a walking tour through London Fun Tours, and this time I used the knowledge I gained on the walking...More

1  Thank JellyrollsKaren
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are in London, this is a “must see”. You need to get there by 10:15 am to get a good spot to see the whole thing. Seeing the band and guards come through the main gates, then watching the whole ceremony of the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On our family's first trip to London, we wanted to see the changing of the guard, but we really don't like crowds. Getting up early wasn't appealing either. We ended up standing in front of the St James Palace (across the street from the entrance...More

Thank Sarah W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Too much pomp and circumstance. It’s 45 minutes in blasting sun(no shade anywhere) and much too commercialized. Ceremony is behind gates so difficult to see in huge crowds. The band played the theme from Mission Impossible and Shaft; seriously???

1  Thank Audrey S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went on a Sunday morning and wanted to stand right at the front so we got there early (9.30am). This allowed us to choose where we want to stand. Suggest you stand to the left of the center gate. If you check the website,...More

1  Thank ABuzzC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This parade is the must see attraction for those who are travelling London for the first time. Eventhough there will be crowded with millions of people in the place but if you lucky enough to get the front place then it will become very good...More

1  Thank edwin_santoso2002
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love going to see the Changing of the Guard while in London. However, if not your first time, best to get there just at 11am when it starts...or even later. Avoid the long wait by going too early just to see this. Stand along the...More

2  Thank daksterinwaltham
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The changing of the guard is always a great experience. Of course there are crowds of people and the police are very active, including signs regarding pick-pockets, so be careful with your belongings. Viewing this seems to be relatively easy, but for a first time...More

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sk009
17 June 2018|
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Response from E'Dwina P | Reviewed this property |
We went with a tour group and were able to get preferential viewing. I am sure you could go early for a good spot, but our guide had us in position just a few minutes before everything started and it was a good location... More
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Maggie S
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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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London walking tours or fun London tours Both are great
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