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Changing of the Guard

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Address: | Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA, England
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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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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Changing the guard

We watched changing of the guard on a Wednesday in March. ( only every other day so make sure you check in winter !) try and stand iby the Victoria memorial so you can see into... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Most people head to the gates of Buckingham Palace and try to catch a glimpse of the ceremony through the bars of the gates only to be left disappointed as most of the action takes place behind them out of sight. Here's a much better way to do it, head to St James palace early where the band will emerge... More 

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Freehold, New Jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was excited to see this famous happening. We go there 30 minutes early to find a disorganized mass of people. We know where to go to get the best view based on suggestions from our concierge but we could tell that most people had know idea where to go. Once we got to a spot that was as close... More 

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We watched changing of the guard on a Wednesday in March. ( only every other day so make sure you check in winter !) try and stand iby the Victoria memorial so you can see into the palace. Be warned you can't take suitcases into the middle for security reasons. We had a great view and it a great traditional... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We tried to see the changing of the guard twice and were not successful. The info in the guide books and on the British Army website are not accurate, and this surprised me. We were there on friday march 10 and the website for this date claims that there would be a changing of the guard with the F Company... More 

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Bushey, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must see event but be warned we got there at 10:30 and found the area swarming with people even on not a nice day - the forecast was rain which turned out to be true.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My sister and I made several unsuccessful attempts to see the changing of the guard. One day it was cancelled because of the Patrons Picnic, which is understandable. However, this tidbit of information was not shared on the website. The second time we went, it was cancelled for barely a drizzle!!! The third time we went it was literally cancelled... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I like to think of myself as a respectful tourist, and some of the other people here were definitely not! Selfie sticks, iPads, climbing on monuments, really not respectful. Other than that, get there early, and enjoy! Must, must see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It last about 2 hours all together so go maybe in april. I went in january, to cold! But it was worth my time It's a must to see in London

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had visited in Feb. 2017 so the guard had their winter attire on--no red coats. Our tour took us to the area where they get ready to head out and then we followed them up the street and saw the horses with soldiers coming the opposite way. I remember long ago seeing this and there was this beautiful Irish... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You will always have ridiculous crowds at Buckingham palace, making it even harder for small children to see. We took our tribe just over the road to Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk (5 mins stroll from B.P). We had a fantastic view of troops being inspected, and band playing marching, classical and movie themes including star wars & Indian a Jones... More 

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