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Changing of the Guard

Address: Buckingham Palace, London, England (Mayfair / St James's / Piccadilly / Green Park )
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Type: Performances, Theater & Concerts
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Owner description: A must see in London, outside Buckingham Palace, but check out the...
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Type: Performances, Theater & Concerts
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

for you to see something have to get there a least an hour before it starts, but very nice and have to see.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

A visit to London and a visit to Buckingham palace is complete only when you make it to watch the change of guards at the Buckingham Palace. Its crowded and the best bet is to carry A GoPro if you wish to catch the action live on digital copy. Expect to spend some hours ahead to find a "good spot".

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is a "must see" for a first London visit. It's all about British pomp and quite entertaining. However, the crowds are massive. We stood 3 lines behind the palace gates and I could not see anything but lots of people with selfie sticks held high. My teenage son, the reason we went, is quite tall, and he was struggling... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We went on the 2nd of Jan thinking it would be quiet but we couldn't see very much of the changing of the guards because of the crowds. The highlight for my family was a bag thief being taken down by the police and who proceeded to scream for ages.

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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Very popular and you have to like crowds!! Not to be missed as we do this very well and makes you proud to see so many people joining you to watch this spectacle!

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

It was a fun experience to do once, but the whole session seemed way too long. If you are short on time I would skip this. It's nice if you are in the area but I wouldn't go out of my way.

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Turin, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I was expecting something completely different. It gets really packed one hour before the ceremony starts. I was surprized about how it's managed. I felt it was really too turistic with all these fanfares. I could barely see anything, even though I arrived one hour earlier. Anyway, it's worth a visit but don't expect it to be super. IF you're... More 

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Chennai
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

The guards were just going through a rigmarole, the band was out of steam & guess what, they played the james bond movie theme tune!!!!! Its totally british & not something i would recommend anyone waste their time on. Also, its very very cold there at this time of the year & standing in the open area outside the palace... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

This is certainly a London tradition, and if you've never seen it, you can go and say you've done it. You have to get there at least 1 to 1.5 hours before hand. If you don't get right next to the fence in front of Buckingham Palace, you really can't see anything. We spent three hours on a cold December... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

My daughter and I had an 8 hour stop over in London so we decided to take the time to go and see the changing of the guard. It got to stand right in the front and it was a very nice experience. I think it could become quite crowded on busy times of the year, but we had a... More 

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