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Changing of the Guard

Buckingham Palace, London, England (Mayfair / St James's / Piccadilly / Green Park )
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Ranked #386 of 1,085 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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Ohio
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

The July crowds were horrendous since most of Europe is on holiday in July. You can see more if you stand with your back to the palace and face the monument and roadway around it. There are three different regiments that will march in from the other streets leading to the palace. Try to be up against the ropes. Police... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Attended the changing of the guards on a Saturday... big mistake. I arrived at 10am and it didn't start until 1130am. There was a huge crowd by the time I reached the main gates, yet people continued to stream in. One thing to note is that once the parade starts, the guards will not let you leave if you are... More

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York Beach, Maine
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I went to see the changing of the guards for my 16 year old sister. Yes its cool. Yes its iconic. but it gets VERY crowded. People can be quite rude. I went this past weekend, it was sunny and hot, we were 'second row' behind the gate and the people in front of us didn't want to put down... More

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Melton, Australia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Disappointing. Very crowded and no clearance maintained in front of palace to enable more people to watch the actual ceremony through the fence. We arrived 2 hours before the event and were right on the barrier....still didn't see much. Watched the changing of the guard in Ottawa Canada last year....100 times better spectacle.

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North Carolina
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Very crowded. Arrived two hours early, but still couldn't see the actual change. Great view of the royal band and the parade prior. Because the band performed, the whole ceremony was one hour long. Very hot and crowded. Folks started getting rude near the end, pushing and vocal. I'm glad I went, but would be difficult with young children, unless... More

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Rocklin, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

They played Billy Joel, but it took too long in between the changing. A lady left her spot, so we got a spot right by the gates. The Royal Band was so phenomenal! I hear the music again and again in my mind.

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Langley City, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We saw the Changing of the guard ceremony starting at St. James Palace, along with musical interlude before they started marching (as part of the walking tour with Big Bus tour company). We didn't actually watch the changing in front of Buckingham Palace - which we were told was the boring part. The marching, the music, were incredibly moving. But... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Walked to buckingham palace for a visit and saw the changing of the guard while we were there. Large crowd and saw the guards and horses walk through the gates of the palace. Nothing special. P. Martini Sydney, Australia

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Gjovik, Norway
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We went as a familiy of four with two children aged 8 and 10. We thought we were out early - but we was not. 1 hour before showtime people were starting queing. We went as close to the gate as possible but of course there was a lot of people. Then suddenly just before showtime a policeowomen asked our... More

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Montijo, Portugal
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Get there soon or you won't find a spot near the rails to view the actual change of the guards. I got there 20 minutes before and the place was so crowded that I couldn't found a place near the palace gates. From the spot I standed (near one entrance of the St. James Park) I could see the various... More

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