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Changing of the Guard

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Address: | Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA, England
Phone Number: +44 303 123 7300
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

A must see in London, outside Buckingham Palace, but check out the schedule...

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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The best place to stand for the changing of the guards is on the Mall, the street the leads to Buckingham palace. You get to see the marching band and horses come past on their... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The best place to stand for the changing of the guards is on the Mall, the street the leads to Buckingham palace. You get to see the marching band and horses come past on their way to Buckingham palace and follow them as they go down the street. We went in winter and it was still fairly busy so I... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Changing of the guards is an everyday event activity during the months of April to July and every other days outside of those months. You can always check their website which day that would be. The ceremony takes place outside Buckingham Palace from Saint James Park to the palace. If you want to see the entire event, plan around 11:30... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You wait a long time outside to see it, but go once to say you saw it! Stand back on the middle in the square to see above the crowds--very crowded so watch your personal belongings for pickpockets....Impressive entrance with the horses, guards, and bands.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Every day morning starting at 10 am from the area around Buckingham Palace you can admire this ceremony. Very interesting for children I would say at least 8 years old. The only problem is that the area is very crowded and you should be there already at 9 am if you wish to get a good place to admire the... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I always find that the most interesting part of the Guard Changing is the review of the guards at Wellington Barracks in Birdcage Walk, starting at about 10.30a.m., as it is very easy to see . Unlike the actual Changing of the Guard within Buckingham Palace as it is not always so easy to see because of the crowds there.Also... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were there for the last changing of the guard for the season. We arrived early, hoping for a good spot that didn't last too long. Was surprised at the rudeness of some of the observers, and pleased at the kindness of others. Extremely crowded, very hot, and despite notices to not climb on the statue, people were still doing... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had heard a lot bout this age old tradition and decided to witness it! We reached very early in the morning and stood at the central statue area as later on it gets very crowded! The ceremony with the guards coming on horses and marching with a band was good to watch!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we happened to be going past when the changing of the guard was happening, think we missed the first bit of it but what we did see was brilliant, love the ceremony. lots of people there but not too many, got a great view with the bands marching out.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Changing of the guard is nice to see, better than visiting the palace when nothing is on. Makes for an interesting 5 minutes, bit of a nightmare to get round and back to the promenade with the central statue having no crossing. Very busy at this time

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is always enjoyable to watch this time honored tradition at Buckingham Palace as well as the changing of the horse guards which though smaller and away from the hustle and bustle of the palace, is just as neat to watch as well.

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If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square, and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just up the road as well. As captivating as the architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.
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