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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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Go to James court to watch

You can watch this at Buckingham palace or James court which very near. It starts at James court and crowd is less be there by 10.40 AM stand on the other side pavement. Guards... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

You can watch this at Buckingham palace or James court which very near. It starts at James court and crowd is less be there by 10.40 AM stand on the other side pavement. Guards will walk up to you then take a turn with band playing.

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Surrey, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Insanely crowded, could barley see anything and could barley walk. This is the second time I've seen it. Buckingham palace is definitely a must, not sure changing of the guard is worth it. if you limited for time I wouldn't recommend it because you'll have to get there early and wait around to make it worth it, try find a... More 

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Seahouses, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

A great tradition and well worth seeing. Best to read up on how the whole thing works beforehand to get a better idea of where to stand. We watched the guards being inspected at Wellington barracks before moving over to Australia gate to watch them all march past. The only negative part of the whole thing was ignorant tourists with... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

First I will say make sure you get their at least 30 minutes early to get a good and especially if u want to be in the middle of the rotary where this takes place - roads get blocked off. Be aware that if you opt for the rotary, u will be on that rotary until the very end when... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Since we were in London and staying not far from the Mall we decided to check out the changing of the guard starting at St. James Palace. It was a 10 year memorial for the subway bombing so the ceremony was not following its usual plan. As a result we saw an abbreviated version of the changing of the guard.... More 

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BRIGHTON
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Being in a wheelchair does have it's advantage, I go straight to the head of a queue or to the front and that's what we got. Literally the best seat in the house. I lived in London years ago and often caught a glimpse of this but never all of it. It was just amazing, the huge crowds of people... More 

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Maroochydore, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Yes this is on the to do list while in London. Too many tourists, so you need to get there very early. Like 1hr to 1 1/2hrs before it happens as you won't be able to see anything but someone else's head. Very good to see all that pomp and ceremony. Glad I went early the day before to get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

I went to see the Guard change this month and it was amazing. As a royalist I love traditions and it was a must for me. We changed our spot a few times and we were able to see everything from different angles. It was full of tourists in a weekday, as one can imagine and in weekend it must... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful ceremony of marching and the actual 5 minutes of changing of the guard (out of the hour and a half ceremony) was spectacular. The two marching band regiments played contemporary songs (one by Queen) but not England's "God Save the Queen", which I expected. The area outside Buckingham Palace is roped off before the ceremony and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This is one of those experiences you do because you are in London and it is on the tourist's "must do" list. By all means if you have plenty of time go and experience the pomp. It is entertaining in a kitchy kind of way. If you don't have the time, nor the patience for the crowds go off peak... More 

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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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