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Changing of the Guard

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Address: Buckingham Palace, London, England
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Description: A must see in London, outside Buckingham Palace, but check out the...
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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One of those silly things you HAVE to see

I am not a monarchy fan, but the Changing of the Guard is something interesting to be seen. If you want a privileged position to watch the performance, make sure you arrive at... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Sao Caetano do Sul, SP

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I am not a monarchy fan, but the Changing of the Guard is something interesting to be seen. If you want a privileged position to watch the performance, make sure you arrive at least an hour before the start. Watch out if you are visiting during winter time: they happen each other day and you have to check online. Also,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We did the walking tour of this with our Hop On Hop Off bus experience. The guide was well organised and knew just where to take us for the best photos and experiences. He even had us running/jogging alongside the guard as they marched up the road to Buckingham Palace. On the way back to the office, we had a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Great to experience at least once in your life. Depending on what time of year you go there can be big crowds, we had this in summer and ended up going twice so we didn't miss anything. Must do in London.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Pomp and grandeur of the British royals! second to none! oooo she knows how to impress to the best! The sheer organization and professionalism!

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McKinney, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

This is a major tourist site, lots of people and very crowded. Get there early if you want a good view. This takes a least 90 minutes for the horses, guards and bands to all pass by. Its worth the wait !

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We arrived about an hour early and I was able to secure a spot near the fence, if you don't you will not be able to see it. It was a great show overall but just too long and extremely crowded. I think it is one of those of those experiences that you have to do once in a lifetime... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Get there early for this experience it is worth it. Colorful, entertaining and always a display of pageantry by English troops.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

This is a spectacular experience! I brought a family friend who was visiting london for the first time to see the changing of the guards and she fell in love with the whole scene and found it very interesting! The ceremony is really nice, you must come very early in the morning to get the front view and experience it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We marched down the mall with the Guards and watched the changing of the Guards. Was hard to keep up with so many other people watching them, but the music helped to march along easily.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

If you really want to witness the Changing ceremony you must get there several hours ahead to get a front row spot. If you get there later you'll find yourself vying for a spot among thousands to get a good peek. If you're behind a tall person you won't be able to see. There's also the obstruction of view that... More 

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Address: Address: Buckingham Palace, London, England
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Westminster

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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 highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.
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