Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace

Address:
Buckingham Palace, The Mall, London 51.501009 -0.141588
Dates & Time:
to
Every day in June and July
Odd numbered dates only in August (eg. 1st, 3rd, 5th)
The ceremony takes place between 11.15 AM and 12 noon
Arrive as early as possible to get a good place (as early as 10 AM if you want the very best spots). Read Craig's review for a description of the crowd-size
Be aware that the schedule is set by the British Army, and may change at short notice. The event is also heavily dependant on the weather (the bearskins don't react well to the rain!)
Tickets & Cost:
Free to watch. See royalcollection.org.uk
Telephone:
The contact number for Buckingham Palace is +44 (0)207 766 7300
Parking:
If you’re driving to London here are some car parks near Buckingham Palace
Minicabs:
Book a minicab near Buckingham Palace
Buses:
The following bus routes go near Buckingham Palace: 11, 211, C1, C10
London bus fares 2016
Trains:
The best London underground train stations to visit Buckingham Palace are Green Park St. James’s Park Victoria
Note: The actual closest train station to Buckingham Palace is St Jamess Park
London train fares 2016
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Strolling down the to Buckingham Palace and watching the 'Changing the Guard' ceremony is one of the must-do events in every tourist's stay.

There are actually two detachments of the Guard that need changing -- the one at Buckingham Palace and one at St. James's Palace, a short walk down The Mall. The St. James's Palace detachment starts first, by marching to the Palace at 11.13 AM (a few will remain behind, until they are replaced by the New Guard). They will then form up with the Buckingham Palace detachment on the forecourt. Meanwhile, the New Guard will march from Wellington Barracks in Birdcage Walk at 11.27 AM, ready for the ceremony to start at 11.30 AM. (If you want to, you can go and stand outside the iron railings of Wellington Barracks before the ceremony starts, and watch the new guard being put through their paces.)

The ceremonial change-over will then take place on Buckingham Palace forecourt, and the replacements will head towards St. James's Palace at 11.40 AM -- which then frees up the contingent that was left behind to head to Buckingham Palace at 11.55 AM. Finally, the Old Guard will leave the Palace at 12.10 and head back to Wellington Barracks, followed by the St. James's Palace detachment at 12.15. Phew! The whole event is accompanied by a military band.

If you want to bag yourself a spot right up against the Palace's railings, then we recommend getting there no later than 10 AM. If you find that it is already full, then try and get a spot on the Queen Victoria Memorial. If that doesn't work, then stand on the linking road between Birdcage Walk and the palace, as the Wellington Barracks band will march straight past you playing their tunes.

Remember to have a read of Craig's London blog before you go, so you can get a feel of what the ceremony is like.

Note: You might also see some other soldiers marching down The Mall whilst the ceremony is going on -- these are taking part in a similar Changing the Guard ceremony at Horse Guards. You might also enjoy the Dismounting Ceremony at Horse Guards, and the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London.

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 Guest – “The Changing of the Guards takes place on what schedule in September 2016?? I can't find a definite schedule.”

Admin – “It hasnt been released yet -- only up to augustIt will definitely be every other day, but whether its the odd days or even days, youll have to wait another month to find out”

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