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Changing of the Guard

Address: Buckingham Palace, London, England (Mayfair / St James's / Piccadilly / Green Park )
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Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the...
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Ranked #375 of 1,018 Activities in London
Type: Performances
Fee: No
Owner description: A must see in London, outside Buckingham Palace, but check out the...
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Type: Performances
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner 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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Seoul, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

The guards play some great music, and since it was christmas season they played some carroll. However, there were too many tourists, so we had a hard time actually seeing the guards.

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Springdale, Maryland, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Be clear the changing of the guard itself is at the end of the pomp and circumstances which last all of a few seconds. But the pomp and circumstances is why you go. The band and the marching was awesome and well executed. You should get a spot very near the gate of the palace or on the statue to... More 

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Delmar, New York
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

We visited London in March and as most of the tourists go we too went to view the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. It was packed with people so if you like this sort of thing get there early and "hold your post". A better option (which we found out later) is to watch the horse guards parade... More 

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The Woodlands, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

A must if visiting London to watch this tradition. As it is very crowded I stood high up towards the monument and was able to view the entire thing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

I often go and watch the Guards prepare for the Changing the Guard ceremony, but not at Buckingham Palace where a long, crowded, wait is rewarded by a very short (and often poor) view of the Guards arriving and then the ceremony itself. Much more rewarding is to go to Wellington Barracks at about 1035. You can then stand right... More 

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Nicosia, Cyprus
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

In the crowd you can hardly see anything. It's a lot of standing and waiting, when absolutely nothing is happening. The uniforms of the guards are grey, which makes all the process much less spectacular

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Vacoas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Was there completely at random and saw some people waiting and I understood that I was at the correct place for the changing of the guard. We waited around 5 minutes and have to walk fast till buckingham palace where there was a huge crowd as it is the case everyday. Not really special, but worth the visit.

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Cairo, Egypt
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

fr first time you will like , if you get the chance to see very crowded & noisy convenient for elder age .............................................

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New Jersey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

I remember this being a highlight when I was in London at 16. But was just there and very underwhelmed as was my sister who'd seen the changing years earlier as well. We had a great view from the statue across the way but it really has lost it's luster. On a high note, we did see Camila in a... More 

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Clacton-on-Sea, England, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Was looking forward to this, in the end after 40mins of waiting very disappointed. We had a good view from the island statue and could see most things but could not hear music to well and in truth not a lot happened, left 10 mins before end (so did a lot of other people).

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