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Changing of the Guard

Buckingham Palace, London, England (Mayfair / St James's / Piccadilly / Green Park )
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Ranked #423 of 1,105 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

If you want to get a decent viewing spot you have to get to the palace 1-2 hours early, and then be prepared to hold your ground against rude latecomers. The actual pagentry is over in minutes and I've seen better "parades" back home. Definitely not worth the time in my opinion, especially since there are so many other things... More

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Very impressive. I've done this in summer and winter and it's nice to see the different uniforms. It's very crowded, but probably worth seeing for just about anybody. You just don't need to do it more than once.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Having caught the end of this many years ago I thought it would be nice to see it right through - a good bit of trad British pageantry. I never anticipated the huge crowds and police corralling that I would encounter outside the palace. Unless you get there early and get a space by the palace railings you will see... More

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This is a must do when in London. London is royalty and they certainly know how to put on a show. Unfortunately I did not get there until half an hour before the start and this was far to late as there were already thousands of people lining the streets and the gates so I did not get to see... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

this is a wonderful experience as there are to many places in the world to see this done. But... make sure you get there early as it gets very crowded and makes it hard to see. A camera is a must as there are a lot of photo opportunities.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

On the one hand its free so you can't complain but the changing of the guard isn't the best. We got there an hour early and it was already packed. Standing squished in with strangers for an hour just waiting wasn't much fun. When the guards did turn up it was hard to see them and I am very tall... More

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Island of Gozo, Malta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

If you are in London you must visit whilst there is a Changing of the Guard. It is a nice experience, especially for the young ones. We walked to Buckingham Palace through the Mall and arrived at around 11am. Crowds arrive early but we still got a good view of all action. Recommended!

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We had just got off the tube to start our day's sightseeing in London when we saw the crowds outside Buckingham palace. The changing of the Guard was underway, so of course, we stayed to watch. It was a very colourful and enjoyable ceremony, and I'm glad we were able to experience it, along with a million others!

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Holmes Chapel, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

You need to get here early if you want a good viewing point. The guard change for us was at 11.15 and by 10.45 it was already busy.. We managed to get a great vantage point on one of the walls. To be fair i think this is probably something you would just do once in your life time but... More

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Calgary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Other reviewers are correct that it is really hard to see anything at Buckingham Palace. We went to St James' Palace, about 1/2 mile away, and watched the new guards and band muster, then march to Buckingham Palace. In early July, at peak season, there were few hundred people so it was really easy to see and photograph them. After... More

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