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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 today 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
Thank Thomas L
Reviewed yesterday

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 5 days 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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago 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
Thank dsthomp
Reviewed March 10, 2019

There were so many people there. People are very rude. Depend on where you line up, you either see the guards matching in or performing the exchange in the yard. There is no good place to stand and see the entire event. They need to...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Felix C
Reviewed March 7, 2019

If you haven't seen the changing of the guard, you probably want to because it is an iconic experience. However, be aware that it is difficult to get a good view. We arrived more than an hour before the ceremony and snagged one of the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
3  Thank Jenifer C
Reviewed March 3, 2019 via mobile

Was ok quite interesting nice thing to have seen stood at the monument was told this was the best place personally if I was going again I'd go to the palace gates to watch

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank 726danih
Reviewed February 28, 2019 via mobile

When in London it is something you must do. Check the web site for the guard Change times as it is not every day. Arrive a good 20 min early to get a spot. Don’t fight for the middle roundabout but instead position yourself outside...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank mcscary1
Reviewed February 25, 2019

Interesting ceremony that is more interesting if you have some experience of the military. Pomp and ceremony but no explanation what was going on made it a bit boring to many of the European visitors also watching. Check out on the internet what is planned...More

Date of experience: February 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