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Changing of the Guard

| Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA, England
+44 303 123 7300
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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
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
| Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA, England
+44 303 123 7300
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Reviewed yesterday

Did you know that the band plays before the guard change and they play modern music? I wish I could show the video. I enjoyed watching them prepare and watching the inspection. Their headgear is made with real black bear fur. I was told that...More

Thank Cacelli B
Reviewed 2 days ago

While you are in London find out the time for the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and arrive early to get a good view. It is worth the time and it part of British military history.

Thank buffalojim67
Reviewed 1 week ago

I finally understand the hype. I got there early and secured a good spot. Just head to the space across the road on the steps. The best part of the changing of guards were the "encore" part where the bank came out and played an...More

1  Thank BlackCoookie
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Got here even earlier than suggested & it was packed. Hard to see anything. Police shouting at people to walk & then not to walk. Now we know - the Best place to stand is right by the BH Palace gate. We read standing on...More

Thank Athienitou
Reviewed 1 week ago

I chose to witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony. The beautiful and busy, tree-lined street between Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square is the official Parade Route which the Royals will take when they go to Parliament or Westminster Abbey. It is also the route...More

Thank mlorahga
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great experience, and highly room ended when visiting London. I with family, watched the entire event, and what a super spectacle. In my opinion, no where else delivers such Regal 'pomp and circumstance' like Britian. Thank you to all the military units involved, a...More

Thank David_Tracey
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We happened to stumble upon the changing of the Queen's Horse Guard. It is interesting to see the horses come riding into the yard, but then they just stand there facing each other for 30 minutes!

1  Thank kellyinoklahoma
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The changing of the guard takes place at 11.30 am each day and there are masses of people there. Security is high and the crowds are well controlled. The main ceremony takes place behind the railings in front of Buckingham Palace and you will only...More

Thank Peach P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Changing of the Guard. I don't know what this is supposed to be. It's one of the most hyped attractions in London and several thousand other people thought it worth looking at too. In the event, a group of bearskin-hatted Guardsmen and a group of...More

2  Thank David P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

London- a city of history whether it's Sherlock Holmes, great fires or famous battles- this is London. The original monopoly board locations! But if you want the real deal, history, royalty then the changing of the guard is for you. You won't see anything like...More

Thank GowerD
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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Will the guards changing ceremony take place every day? We are looking at visiting on 7th May. So am I right to say that we should arrive before 10.30am to get a good spot in seeing the entire ceremony? Or is there any good spot where we can "park" ourselves there?
2 May 2017|
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Response from Mario44globetrotter | Reviewed this property |
Hi. All the answers you have so far received are appropriate and helpful. Just I can add that after the ceremony you visit the Mews (royal carriages) Museum whose entrance is on the left side of Buckingham Palace. Next... More
Hi, what time does changing of guard start/is it the same everyday?
12 April 2017|
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Response from AussieSK | Reviewed this property |
From January to March, weather permitting, the ceremony lasts about 45 minutes on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday . From April until the end of July and on alternate days for the rest of the year, weather permitting... More
Herbert F
What spot gives you the best view of the ceremony
15 February 2017|
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Response from Indiana_Jonesse | Reviewed this property |
You have to move around and follow the guards when the march but when they are near the palace, stay towards the left by the Australian gate, that way you will also see the exiting guards who are being replaced. They exit... More