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Changing of the Guard

Buckingham Palace, London, England (Mayfair / St James's / Piccadilly / Green Park )
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Ranked #380 of 1,084 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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Gjovik, Norway
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We went as a familiy of four with two children aged 8 and 10. We thought we were out early - but we was not. 1 hour before showtime people were starting queing. We went as close to the gate as possible but of course there was a lot of people. Then suddenly just before showtime a policeowomen asked our... More

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Montijo, Portugal
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36 reviews 36 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Get there soon or you won't find a spot near the rails to view the actual change of the guards. I got there 20 minutes before and the place was so crowded that I couldn't found a place near the palace gates. From the spot I standed (near one entrance of the St. James Park) I could see the various... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This ceremony always sends shivers up my spine and I just melt back with excitement to a 10 or 12 year child. The appearance of the Horse Guard and then the Royal Guards let by the Royal Band excites everyone, everywhere people run around to get the best view for their photographs. This time I stood on the Victoria Monument... More

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Bucks, UK
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15 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Definitely worth seeing but only if you can get there very early to get your place by the railings and are prepared to hang around waiting. Otherwise view it on YouTube!

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Altamont, New York
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62 reviews 62 reviews
46 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Accidently got to Buckingham Palace on a hop on hop off bus at 11:00 a.m. and found the changing of the guard to be at 11:30 a.m. This was inspiring. A tip for this is to get close to the railing on the fountain side of the plaza so you are facing the Welsh Guard as they march in.

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26 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This is a can't miss experience and our kids really liked it. One of the guards came over and said good morning before the ceremony which was neat. It is super crowded though, we arrived early (10:30) and got a decent spot (there were people there already) After that there was a big push of people and my son had... More

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Weymouth, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

we went to the changing of the gaurds and there was an enourmous crowd! we suggest 9 am even though it starts later.

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Highcliffe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

It is brilliant precision and strength. I can't believe the standard of military expertise. It is a must see.

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Atlant
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This was a must see on our touring list. The process was worth the long wait. The number of people attending this event was amazing.

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crystal lake IL
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Tired and a bit jet lagged we arrived at Heathrow. Our cab driver was informative and friendly. On the ride to the hotel traffic slowed to a standstill. The guards at the palace were being changed. What precision and luckily for us we were immediately behind the relieved group. We followed them at a walking pace to their quarters. A... More

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