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Changing of the Guard

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Address: Buckingham Palace, London, England
Phone Number: 7814638880
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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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A sight to see

Am opportunity to witness the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Thousands of spectators, so our guide took us back up the street a ways so that we had a good view of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Ian H
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Lowood Australia

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66 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A must to see if visiting London, but make sure you stand on left side of Palace to see best view, must be early to be near railings. A great attraction.

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Lowood Australia
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267 reviews
126 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Am opportunity to witness the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Thousands of spectators, so our guide took us back up the street a ways so that we had a good view of the guard marching towards the Palace. What a spectacle.

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Thank Ian H
London, United Kingdom
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113 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've watched the C.O.G so many times, and it never gets old. Come Summer, Autumn, Winter or Spring - always makes for a good show. Fantastic experience. A must!!

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Grande Prairie, Canada
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Take a look at the changing of the guard website to make sure you know the time and be there 30 mins before to get a good spot by the road. I ran around a bit so I could take photos of the old and new guard switches. Also in the website they give you suggestions on where are good... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Of all the wonderful cultural things to do in London I personally think this one is overrated. Most people end up standing for hours, often in bad weather (this is London...) to see a ritual that seems (at least to me) pointless. If you only have limited time in London spending a whole morning on this is not (in my... More 

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Who comes to London and does not go to see the Changing of the Guard? Well you could, there's definitely other things worth your time instead. Don't get me wrong, it's nice to see once if you're at a good spot so if you really want to go, be there in advance (at least 30mn) to secure a good viewing... More 

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Pontypridd, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is something to go see if in London or any of the other places they do changing of the guard. This is free to watch and a chance to look at Buckingham palace.

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St Helens, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 233 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must see when visiting London. It's free and is great to see, right outside Buckingham palace (2 birds, 1 stone). We had added amusement when seeing this at the weekend (8th January -10th January) as the guard was falling asleep after a long shift ! Great respect & great fun! A must.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our day with Russell Nash, Blue Badge, London. He took us to the best vantage points to see the guard station, the rehearsal of the Guard band, and positioned us at the best possible location. Quickly we moved to a second location for an even more remarkable view of the guard.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am glad we did go and have seen the changing of the guards, as we have great respect for the Royal family... but, we spent a full hour waiting in order to get a good view... only to find the large crowds which decend at the last minute just block up several metres infront of you... then open umbrellas... More 

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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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