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Changing of the Guard

Buckingham Palace, London, England (Mayfair / St James's / Piccadilly / Green Park )
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As featured in London for free and 1 other guide
Ranked #396 of 1,047 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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2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

This is one of those things you have to do, just to say you did it. For the best views, you have to get there early and find a spot as close to the fence as you can. Otherwise you watch the whole thing but don't really see much as everything happens up near the palace. It doesn't cost anything... More

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Stoughton, Massachusetts, United States
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

We were not aware of the magnitude of this spectacle. We were lucky enough to be there when the changing included regiments and bands. After the changing was over, we were standing on the sidewalk and a member of the Queens security told us to stand by the gate as the Queen's car would be driving into the Palace. He... More

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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Large crowd, many tourists, therefore get there early! From what I understood it's every other day, not daily. Make sure to check out the online calendar for details. I filmed some clips for anyone interested (goo.gl/V7ONbG). Must see attraction, if you are in London!

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7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

One thing that was on my "must see" list! Only had 2 days in London, so tried to squeeze as much as I could in! Chose the 2nd day to take in the changing of the guard, and with rain in the forecast (and hearing that you don't get the "full effect" on rainy days) I was nervous about what... More

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Potomac, Maryland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

had no idea what all were waiting to see. not easy to see. but an experience one has to say they had in london.

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

We felt we had to see this during our visit to London. We knew it would be busy and would be hard to see if you didn't have a good spot. We therefore got there about an hour before it started and got near the fences, so had quite a good view. I feel it is a must to see... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

My husband had never been so I took him and our sons, aged 8 and 6. I was desperate to get there early but they could not understand why until we arrived, really you need to arrive early to get to the front otherwise you could be stuck standing behind foreign tourists who stand on the railing wall and block... More

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london county hall
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

It starts at 11.00 but we arrived way before that as it does become very crowded and the Police can be quite strict as to where you can stand obvious for health and safety reasons. We stood on the island where the Victoria memorial is although we couldn't see the guards changing over very well they marched directly passed usThe... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Look this up on Youtube. There are waaaaaaay too many people here who frantically think the Queen is just going to waltz out of the palace. I actually had a woman try to crawl over me to get a picture of a horse. A horse! Save your stress level, or go before 10 am and just sit and wait for... More

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Mableton, Georgia
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4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

You've heard about the changing of the guard all of your lives, but wait until you see the actual ceremony of the event! We were unable to see much, while standing in the crowds, so our tour guide motioned for us to go around the corner, where the guards end their march near Prince Charles' home, and we were able... More

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