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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
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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| Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We read the reviews and showed up early, glad we did. Well worth the wait and something we have always wanted to see take place. Got a great spot along one of the side fences. It is amazing how many people showed up 5 min...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank KevinD846
Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely checked off a bucket list item with this visit. Beautiful palace, gates, park, statues. We had a good experience because we got there early (7:30 AM) and took all of our palace photos before people showed up. We were practically alone. Left and returned...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Besides the parade, they play some songs and it is really good. The royal horses are good too. Even though the event starts at 10:30, better reaching the Buckingham Palace before 10. A good place to watch everything is from Victoria's Memorial.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Tany M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Overcrowded and overrated so called must do tourist attraction :( Long waiting time ... people running and pushing around... policewomen on horses shouting agressivly at people walking around and watching "move, move ... stand, stand"!? No thank you :( Watch this muppetsshow on youtube and...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank soinic
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went on Easter Sunday expecting a great event. Thousands of people there. Assured my visitors that this would be fantastic. Got good position (so I thought). Saw two groups of marching soldiers go into the entrance of Buckingham Palace. Waited until 11am expecting them to...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed watching the ceremony when we were able to see thru the sea of people there. The particular day we went was super packed (we arrived 45 min early too), and it was difficult to even move around. People were pressing in on us...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank Thomas L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A long ceremony which I just happened to stumble upon walking from Trafalgar Square and down The Mall. I had read that you would not be able to see the entire ceremony because there are actually several components. But by pure dumb luck I just...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank silviaponce778
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We decided to go see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and were absolutely thrilled with it. We got there very early so we were able to position ourselves on the steps of the Victoria Memorial Monument. The view from there was perfect....More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Trott26
Reviewed April 8, 2019 via mobile

One of the most famous ceremonies in the city, the “Changing of the Guard” takes place every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 10.30am outside Buckingham Palace. It is very busy.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank emillydias13
Reviewed April 1, 2019 via mobile

You really shouldn’t miss the pomp and circumstance of the changing of the guard if you are in London for a visit. We did the walking tour with London Fun Tours and it was really nicely done. We were running late because we got caught...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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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
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April 10, 2019|
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Response from dsthomp | Reviewed this property |
For changing of the guard, I recommend a walking tour...like the one through London Fun Tours. It starts at 9:00 and you see some of the pre change routines.
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April 8, 2019|
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Response from snisonger | Reviewed this property |
I have nothing more to add to the excellent responses that have already been stated. Everyone has hit it spot on. The fountain is great - and good for kids running around! The winter schedule is different than summer - so... More
June 16, 2018|
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Response from Anthony_Chien | Reviewed this property |
No, you don't need to join the tour. You can go on your own. The best view is actually from the Victoria Memorial. You are on high ground, therefore, you get the view when the guards marches in to the palace, as well the... More