The changing of the guard is common in most European capitals, but nowhere is it more famous than in London. The new guard ... More
Changing of the Guard
The changing of the guard is common in most European capitals, but nowhere is it more famous than in London. The new guard leaves Wellington Barracks a few minutes before the change and marches down Birdcage Walk to Buckingham Palace. The actual ceremony (which lasts around 40 minutes) takes place within the gates of the palace, so get there early to secure a good vantage spot. In addition, the St. James's Palace detachment of the Queen's guard marches to Buckingham Palace at 11:15a and back to St. James's at 12:10p. Free admission. See website for dates scheduled.
I agree it's a definite "been there done that", and that's all it is. Had to write this review and I never have done this in all my travels. My husband and I just got back from one week in London and we did just about everything but it's a total waste of time if your trying to fit in other important sites. You don't even know what gate they go in because they don't let you know for security reasons. So after waiting with thousands of people for over an hour they went in the opposite gate. And if your face isn't plastered to the other side facing the palace, then you won't see anything after that either!
I find this Changing of the Guards to be historic and something people should see--If only to tell others that they saw it. It does take up most of your morning if you intend on going because you need to get there early to get any kind of view. I think the person behind me said it best, "Isn't there, like, music or fireworks or something?" To which I replied, "Nope-This is it." To people who appreciate history or military pomp, this is something to see. To most Americans who want to be entertained, this will bore them to tears.
The Changing of the Gaurd is the most boring thing that you can do in London. I was there on a hot day with thousands of other people that were constantly bumping into me and leaning over me to try and get a good picture. And all it is, is the guards come out and walk back and forth in the same spot and nothing else. It's a waste of time in my opinion, there is nothing exciting or cool about it.
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