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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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Entertaining but squishy

We didn't see this last time we were in London, so thought we would make the effort on our last day. We had been told by another tourist the day before to go to the right side as... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

You need to arrive very early in order to get a good view of the changing of the guard if not it's very hard to see what is going on.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We didn't see this last time we were in London, so thought we would make the effort on our last day. We had been told by another tourist the day before to go to the right side as you are looking at BP for the best place to view. We got to the gates around 10.45am and the place was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Daily occurrence an to see it in its true glory get to The Mall for 11.30 Mon-Fri...... A splendid sight to behold. I see it daily as i drive there at that time.

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Regina, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

I'm sure this is pretty cool to see but much like many of the other reviewers said, there are far too many tourists to actually see anything. We arrived about 40 minutes before the changing of the guards and there were already thousands of people. We were only about 7 people deep from the front gates but without knowing their... More 

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Eastern Norway, Norway
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Hard to see and way to crowded. Very majestic, but I had hoped for more. The place to stand is up by the fence as close to the center as possible. If not, find high ground somewhere.

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Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We saw the gurkhas to be changed with guards with bear skin hats, very intresting. The police officers are funny when shouting to tourists who don't understand how to across the steet. Can be very crowded, sometimes need to use the elbows to keep your place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The changing of the guard was great. It was started on time. We got there early and had a great view at the gate. The crowd got very thick and many people were pushing to see closer. Too close for comfort, with elbows and cameras in your back and on your head. You didn't dare leave your spot. Had to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

WE got to Buckingham Palace a good hour before the official time of the changing of the guard and that was non too soon. The area fills up quickly. Our visit was on a Sunday, and we got to see the Queen leave the palace around 10:45 am, presumably to go to church. She exited by car through the doors... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This was worth seeing but expect a sea of annoying, pushy tourists swinging selfie sticks around. We arrived 45 minutes early to get a good viewing spot but it was already really crowded. It was fun to see but brace yourself for what you're getting in to.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We stumbled across this event and got perfect views of the Nepalese Gurkhas and the Welsh Guards bmarching past to music. I was stood with my family with plenty of space, the sun was shining and I got a perfect video of the parade without having to look over anyones head.

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