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Changing of the Guard

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Address: Buckingham Palace, London, England
Phone Number: 7814638880
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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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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We arrived 11am for the 11:30 changing of the guard: hopelessly too late! Crowds were roped in in front of the gates, people climbed on to statues, ledges, gates, rails, each... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Dartmouth, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you want to see the changing of the guard ensure you arrive at Buckingham Palace a couple of hours prior to the changing of the guard. I did not see anything but lots and lots of people.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Changing of the guard is only interesting for someone with interest on Royal British history and culture. Read before watching, or else you will not understand a bitp. Arrive 2 hours before, to "book" the best spot. Victoria monument was good for viewing, but not for taking pictures. Very crowded; be careful with pickpockets. If you have limited time in... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Crowded, no visibility, disorganized and in this day and age just plain dangerous. Yes, you may get a nice spot if you get there 2 hours in advance, but you have better things to do in London than sit on a sidewalk for hours. The police cannot control such a big crowd I spent all the time something bad didn't... More 

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Valley Center, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Get there early to stake out a good spot. We arrived at 9:45 and got a spot right next to the gate with clear views of the changing of the guard. Extremely crowded by 10:30. Very impressive military display. The military bands were excellent and the pomp and ceremony were quite dramatic. Be prepared to spend 3 hours on this.... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We arrived 11am for the 11:30 changing of the guard: hopelessly too late! Crowds were roped in in front of the gates, people climbed on to statues, ledges, gates, rails, each other's shoulders, most waving selfie sticks around to get some sort of a view. Realising that we won't be able to even get close to the gates, we stood... More 

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A wonderful tour with a delightful tour guide, who imparted his knowledge in a fun and informative way and kept the whole group engaged. We had front row positions and great views of the splendour and ceremony. Thanks Jess it was one of our highlights while in London. Highly recommend if you want excellent views and a little history along... More 

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived very early(9:30a.m.) and were able to stand right to the side of the main gate. Perfect viewing area for the event. The crowd began to assemble around ten and by eleven thirty it was packed. In addition to the ceremony itself, which is a very cool experience. Watching the english police trying to keep the walk ways and... More 

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Maplewood, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed watching the changing of the guard. We got there at 10:45 for the 11:30 changing of the guard and it wasn't early enough. We were a couple deep on the fence. Another great place to watch is from the steps. I have no clue how early those people got there. I was surprised with it lasting for... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We initially decided to give this a miss as we had heard there would be large crowds making moving around very difficult and getting a proper view almost impossible.However, it was a sunny day and we had just watched changing of the guards at Horse Guards parade where there was only a small crowd so then we walked behuind the... More 

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Pocatello, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Changing of the Guard will usually start around 11 AM, I would suggest being on location at least an hour ahead as the crowd will be large. The Changing of the Guard is all about the pomp, circumstance, and pageantry we associate with England and the Monarchy. Don't miss it.

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