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Changing of the Guard

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Address: | Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA, England
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Changing of the guard

British tradition, a must see when in London. Organised well re traffic & security. Lots of tourists even out of season.

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

British tradition, a must see when in London. Organised well re traffic & security. Lots of tourists even out of season.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Good to see if you have not seen it before but make sure you get the timing right, only done at certain times of the day :)

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

From 15 January until mid-March, the Ceremony will tale place on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, starting at 10.15. There are also additional security measures in place, so keep that in mind.

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We thought the changing of the guard would take about 15 minutes with new guards replacing the guards in the boxes on either side of the palace entrance. We expected a bit of ceremony. Well, the change is full of pomp and circumstance involving much marching backwards and forwards, musical numbers, the red guard and blue guard, marching up The... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good to see this event, it was historical because i really wanted to see this for a long time, so pretty good

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Nicosia, Cyprus
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Choose the better spot. Don't expect too much. I didn't impress. I went to 9am for a guard change at 11:30am. It was organized by the police but a lot of people go their. You can't see good enough and the ceremony wasn't nothing special. The cold and the thousands of people make us tired. Additionally i expect something better,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A friend and I watched the Changing of the Guard on 21 December. It was his first time in London, and this is a classic activity for any London visit. Crowds are fairly large directly in front of Buckingham Palace and around the Victoria Monument, even in winter. We chose to find a spot at nearby St. James's Palace to... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went in Winter, so the Guard are in Gray Coats. It was still very crowded and although we had a good spot still didn't see much. Got to see more at Windsor Castle and the Household Guards Museum, so if you have children. I would suggest going there. If you do decide, best spots are taken at least 1.5... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to Buckingham palace one am in September 2013 to watch the changing of the guard. We watched the procession of the horses, battalion of guards, and those on horseback come from the mall area to the palace gates and through them. Then the guards with their red jackets and bear skin hats March back and forth and there's gunmanship,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had asked in advance where to stand which was to the left of the Victoria memorial, the guards marched passed us from both St.James Palace and Wellington Barracks into the palace, a great British tradition dating back to 1660 that never ceases to amaze,

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