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Changing of the Guard

Buckingham Palace, London, England (Mayfair / St James's / Piccadilly / Green Park )
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Ranked #424 of 1,112 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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Annandale, Virginia
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123 reviews 123 reviews
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Word to the wise, get their early or you won't see a thing. Changing is at 11:30 every other day. It is quite impressive with all the guard in full military regalia. The marching band plays and it is quite formal. But Get there early if you want to see.

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Denver, Colorado
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277 reviews 277 reviews
48 attraction reviews
196 helpful votes 196 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We went to see this on an ' odd numbered' day since they were only changing on those days. We were told by our hotel concierge and read through Fodors that this begins at 11:30 so get there early. Well, we left our hotel on foot at 10:30, arriving about 10:45. The street was shut down, as expected, and people... More

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Boston
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32 reviews 32 reviews
27 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

There were a lot of people waiting one or two hours before they started. You really can not see much unless you are next to the steel fence outside of Buckingham Palace and don't mind with people squeezing each other. Or stay across the street and stand tall for a glimpse of the guard pass through. It is a tourist... More

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Coogee, Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

After reading on trip advisor to get there early we got there at 10.45 on a Monday and the crowds at the gate were already 10 deep which I can't imagine would be very comfortable for anyone up there. We stood back behind the roundabout and were able to see the guards and band march in but we then couldn't... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

The crowds are huge, the wait is long, but you must see the changing of the guard at least once in your life. It's really special to see this in person after seeing it in movies and brochures your entire life. One important tip is to decide ahead of time what is most important to you because you cannot see... More

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Centurion, South Africa
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61 attraction reviews
277 helpful votes 277 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

The changing of the Guard is in my opinion a Royal affair and not to be missed! I can second other reviewers in suggesting to see the changing of the Guard from the Queen Victoria Memorial. Yes, it can be crowded, but bear in mind that ALL popular tourist attractions around the world are renowned for to be crowded. The... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I had to see this to mark it off the bucket list. We started down at the horse guards changing over as I had read this was really good to watch. I would have to disagree and would have preferred to have been up at Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the guards up there. We did follow the... More

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Perth, Australia
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127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

If there is one thing that the English do well, it is the pomp and pageantry associated with the Royal family. Particularly when it comes to anything of a military nature. The changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace is one of those ''must sees'' that occurs on or about 11.30am every morning with both the Grenadier and the Coldstream... More

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Gainesville, Florida
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91 reviews 91 reviews
32 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We rode the London Eye at 10AM and then walked over to the Palace... Sure, there were a lot of folks - but we managed to see lots (see our pics). Just being around the people and watching is FUN. We happened to be in special spots where there were horses and pageantry. GO, just look around and see what... More

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Oak Park, CA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

It's worth it - but that's only because you can't go to London, and say that you didn't watch the Changing of the Guard. We got this right on the second attempt - on the first day, we made the mistake of stopping near the railings in front of Buckingham Palace - which is the worst place to go to... More

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