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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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a bit too short, but nice to see

it was like what you see on TV, altough the whole thing only last a few minutesm whic hwe found very short. But the kids enjoyed to see the guards in uniform, taking the pose. we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

it was like what you see on TV, altough the whole thing only last a few minutesm whic hwe found very short. But the kids enjoyed to see the guards in uniform, taking the pose. we were lucky enough to be rightly placed, so that we could see perfectly on the side of the castle> arrive early, as rows form... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We went to see this event on Saturday, it was very busy as you can imagine but was worth it. We queued for and hour waiting for the bands etc to march to the palace and it was lovely to see them marching and playing instruments in their lovely outfits. It was worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

One of the must sees in London. I came here many years ago and was late, and as a result, didn't see much. This time we went nice and early and got a good position on the fountain opposite the gates. Be warned, people have no manners here and will just push and stand in front of you to get... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

My wife and I stumbled upon the timing of this, we hadn't planned to catch it. We were in front of the palace and police began roping off areas. We stood around for a while waiting for something to happen, but this was clealy going to take a while. Since we were on limited time budget for the day, we... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Unless you are right at the first row, otherwise, there's isn't much to see. So do reach there early and grab the better position for a better view. The place is also very crowded. Beware of pickpockets!

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Try to stay close to the fence. All the ceremony is inside. Guards walk from outside the palace for few minutes and marsh inside for the ceremony itself. Very crowded and touristic, so I wouldn't recommend to free a time just for visit this attraction, but combine it with other attractions in the area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

All those who tell you to get there early to be sure of a good view - don't! Once the Guards get inside the Palace railings most of the fun stuff has already happened. They'll be standing around for about half an hour, the bands wil play for a bit and the new Guards will start marching off to their... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 via mobile

You absolutely must see the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, but moderate your expectations. Unless you are going to show up long before the scheduled time, you will likely not be on the fence and will be looking over heads, or "selfy poles" to see the action. The tradition is interesting but lacks real excitement. You get a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Its an amazing experience to view the change of guard in London. The tranport is also quick in London to visit the Buckingham Palace. It makes you feel like you are the part of Royal family.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Some of the TripAdvisor reviews talk about too long a wait for too poor a view. That’s because they’re trying to see the changing of the guards near Buckingham Palace. But if you go to Horseguards Parade at the right time, you can see changing of the guards there, too. And without anything like as many other tourists getting in... More 

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