Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace

Address:
Buckingham Palace, The Mall, London 51.501009 -0.141588
Dates & Time:
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Even numbered dates only in January and March (eg. 2nd, 4th, 6th) -- except the 2nd, 4th, 14th, 16th, 18th March (when it's on the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 13th, 15th, 17th and 19th instead)
Odd numbered dates only in February (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)303 123 7300
Parking:
If you’re driving to London here are some car parks near Buckingham Palace
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Buses:
The following bus routes go near Buckingham Palace: 11, 211, C1, C10
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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
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Read The London Craig blog> Read Craig’s review  I’ve seen this ceremony myself. Check out my London blog for a full review, with photos and a video.  Feel free to ask me a question about this event

Strolling down to Buckingham Palace and watching the 'Changing the Guard' ceremony is one of the Top 10 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 begins first, 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 on the Buckingham Palace forecourt. Meanwhile, the New Guard will march from Wellington Barracks in Birdcage Walk at 11.27 AM, complete with trumpets and drums, ready for the ceremony to start at 11.30 AM. (You can go and stand outside the iron railings of Wellington Barracks before the ceremony starts, if you like, and watch the new guard being put through their paces.)

The ceremonial changeover will then take place on the Buckingham Palace forecourt, and the New Guard 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 again, followed by the St. James's Palace detachment at 12.15. You will then have to stand around for five minutes waiting for the the crowd to disperse. Phew!

Changing the Guard route at Buckingham Palace

A word of warning: Changing the Guard is the most popular military parade in London, and it gets extremely busy. You will most likely find yourself wedged inside a crowd of several thousand people. 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 (and preferably a lot earlier if you want the very best spots). If you find that the railings are already full, then try and stand on the Queen Victoria Memorial instead. If that is full as well, then stand on the linking road between Birdcage Walk and the Palace, as the military band from Wellington will march straight past you.

But whatever you do, make sure you have a read of Craig's review of Changing the Guard before you go, because he tells you all you need to know about the timings, the best places to stand, the size of the crowd, and it will give you a feeling for what the ceremony is like to attend. Feel free to ask him a question about the ceremony on his blog.

You can also talk about Changing the Guard on the forum, or maybe share your own experience -- let us know what you thought of it!

Note: You might also see some other soldiers marching down The Mall whilst the ceremony is going on -- but they are taking part in Changing the Guard ceremony at Horse Guards instead (which is also worth a visit). You might also enjoy the Dismounting Ceremony at Horse Guards, and the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London. You can see the entire list of daily parades in London here. Or maybe you'd prefer some military events and exhibitions instead?

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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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