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Changing of the Guard

Buckingham Palace, London, England (Mayfair / St James's / Piccadilly / Green Park )
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Ranked #397 of 1,041 attractions in London
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Type: Performances
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: 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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Denver, Colorado
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I went to the changing of the guard with my wife and about 75,000 other people one morning. Wow, it was really packed. Don't get me wrong, it was quite a spectacle, but if you feel the least bit uncomfortable being bumped around or being buried in large crowds, then this event is not for you. It is hard to... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I checked the schedules of change of guard and the horse guard parade for April 2014 and found out that both of them took place daily. The change of guard takes place daily at 11AM at Buckingham Palace and horse guard parade takes place daily at 11:30 AM at Whitehall. I wonder if I can see them both at the... More

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We got there about twenty minutes early and chose a place facing the Victoria Memorial. We were right near the barrier near one of the gates. Great view of the mounted police and the guards. If you face the road you can't get to see the changing of the guard in the palace - there are too many people for... More

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Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
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131 reviews 131 reviews
67 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Something I have wanted to see. However, the crowds were so thick, even though we were right by the main gate and close to the fence I could not see over people's heads. Was able to hold camera high and get some photos which I had to look at later. (did see some of it) Still impressive. However, the crowds... More

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Crowell, Texas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We tried to see the Changing of the Guard during our visit in December 2013, and were waiting in a big crowed, trying to find a decent spot to see, when the lightest rain you can possibly imagine began to fall. Not long after, as the time approached for the ceremony, a man brought out a sign saying that there... More

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

My wife has always wanted to see the changing of the guard and when we missed out on seeing it our first two times in London she vowed to make my life a misery if we missed it again. Having witnessed it when I was a child on vacation with my family I didn't remember it being all that great,... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

You need to get there early, especially if you are short. If you wait to go when it starts, you really will not be able to see anything. But, still it is an amazing thing to see. It takes about an hour for the whole process, which I didn't realize. The band even performs during the process and they are... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Friday 28th afternoon changing of the guard was fantastic! all u can say is proud to be British! 👑👑👑👑👑

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Adelaide, Australia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
38 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Check the schedule beforehand (they have a website), as they sometimes don't do the changing of the guard everyday. They also won't do it if it's raining, so check the weather. Get there early (9:30-10 was fine when I went, but during 'peak season' it would probably be much busier) to get a spot at the black gates at the... More

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Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
75 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We only caught the end of the changing of the guards and we really enjoyed it. There was a massive crowd so you have to get there early to see it all and get a good view. We watched the guards march down the Mall to their band and the got caught in the masses of people leaving.

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