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Changing of the Guard

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Address: | Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA, England
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+44 303 123 7300
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

A must see in London, outside Buckingham Palace, but check out the schedule...

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

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A Must-see in England

If you can, try to do this on Sunday so you can catch both shows of the Changing of the Guard. You can hit up the changing of the horse guard at St James Palace first. We got... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 May 2014
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Toledo, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2014

crowded with really clueless tourists but important to view. start at the wellington barracks and then cross through the park (avoiding the tourists crowded around Buck House) to St. James Palace where a small changing takes place that you can actually see.

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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2014

If you visit London then there are so many tours and landmarks to see. The Changing of the Guard is just one of those ceremonial things you just get fascinated with. Absolute precision on this one !!!!

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Newark, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2014

Since this was our first trip to London, the Changing of the Guard was on our list of must-sees. We had seen it on television, and really looked forward to witnessing it in person. We wondered if the pageantry would be as exciting as we'd heard. It definitely was. We were there in April on a beautiful spring day and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2014

If you’re going to visit The Buckingham Palace, timed it when there is changing of the guards. It usually happens at 11:00 am. It’s like a big parade with bands and horses and soldiers at the end. A must see if you’re going to see the Buckingham Palace. The Palace is often not open to visitors/public.

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New England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2014

If you can, try to do this on Sunday so you can catch both shows of the Changing of the Guard. You can hit up the changing of the horse guard at St James Palace first. We got there just after 0900 (after spending some time munching breakfast and coffee in nearby St James Park surrounded by exotic water fowl)... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2014

If you can handle crowds and waiting around for up to an hour, then this is worth an experience. By getting to Buckingham Palace early, you will secure yourself a good spot at the gate or on the steps. If not, you will find yourself a spot in the crowd somewhere along the street. The parade commences with a full... More 

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Hilliard, Ohio
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2014

I have no idea what the big deal is about this. We were there on a Sunday morning and judging by the crowd, you would have thought the Queen herself was going to make an appearance. Basically, everyone waits around until one set of guards march in. Then a band plays a medley of tunes (on our day, it was... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014 via mobile

We arrived about 10:10am, almost 90 min before the start. Crowds were building but not bad. After seeing the whole thing, probably the best position is to the right of the main gate looking into the courtyard towards the palace. That way you see the actual changing of the guard and not just the guards arriving and leaving (though that... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2014

Make sure to arrive long before it's scheduled to begin as crowds are large every day, year round. The sheer amount of fanfare seems so unnecessary but nevertheless is very impressive! The parade atmosphere is so cheerful that you can't help but get into the spirit.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2014 via mobile

If you are into pomp and ceremony then this is the creme a la creme. But the crowds are staggering. Get there just before and you will find every vantage point taken. As has been sai many times - no one beats the English at this sort of thing. Buckingham palace is one of those places like Uluru that must... More 

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