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"Buckingham Palace - the Queen's residence" Buckingham Palace Tip by SLLiew

Buckingham Palace, London: 422 reviews and 696 photos


This is like the number one place of must-see in London for any first timer. To start outside the gates like pilgrims to see the change of guards and then finally catching the sight of the Queen in the flesh as she drives off in her horse carriage waving to all citizens and tourists from all over the world.

As you need to be there at the right time for this daily event, I find that the nearby St. James Park is a nice place to spend waiting time. There are ponds, trees and ducks to feed.

The Changing of Guards ceremony is at 11:30am daily during summer (April tp July) and every other day during winter. Last for 45 minutes.

The Guards are drawn from the British Army: the Scots Guards, the Irish Guards, the Welsh Guards, the Grenadier Guards and the Coldstream Guards.

If the Queen is staying at Buckingham Palace, there are four sentries at the front of the building. When she is away there are two.

The State Rooms of the Palace are open to visitors during August and September through organized tours.

Address: The Mall, SW1
Directions: Green Park tube
Phone: +44 (0)20 7766 7300

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 20, 2006
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