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Reviewed April 15, 2019

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. It is definitely worth the trip and by arriving earlier, we had a chance first to see the guards positioned in their boxes at the front of the property. Brilliant!!

Date of experience: April 2019
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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
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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 in traffic, but London Fun Tours was there to tell us how to meet up and communicated effectively with the guide so we didn’t hold up the rest of the group. Guide was fun and knowledgeable!

Date of experience: March 2019
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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 setup the viewing area much better. London tourist are very rude and always watch out for pick pocket in this type of event.

Date of experience: March 2019
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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 very few spots left at the fence. In fact, just while waiting to cross the street, the choice of spots narrowed considerably. We were not able to get to the fence on the side of the grounds, which I think would have provided a better view. (Of course, if you are tall, you don't have to be right at the front to see.) Even right at the fence, you're pretty far from what's happening. For kids, I think it's actually pretty boring. To get a good spot, they have to be there very early, then they have to wait, and then they see soldiers marching around for quite a while performing repetitive maneuvers. The kids near us were pretty well behaved, but by the time things started happening they were totally uninterested. Also, know that even with a "good" viewing spot, your view may be hindered by the many cell phones pushed through the bars to video the ceremony. Finally, if you go in the winter, you will see the winter uniforms, not the red-coated uniforms that most visitors are familiar with.

Date of experience: February 2019
3  Thank Jenifer C
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