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Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

Changing the Guard - all you ever wanted to know about the guard change!

Welcome to Changing of the Guard, one of the top attractions in London!

This colourful ceremony is one of the 'must sees' on a trip to London, here we will tell you when the guard change takes place, along with up to date schedules, times and information on the background to the colourful changing the guard ceremony.

Plus information on the guards uniforms, the history of Buckingham Palace, how to get tickets to visit the Palace and answers to a host of other questions in our FAQ section.

If you are visiting the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, it is worth considering taking the handy companion guide book packed with information on the ceremony and the people behind it. The guide book also has detailed timings and maps even showing great photo points with sections in French, German, Japanese and Spanish!

All about Buckingham Palace

Changing the guard

Buckingham Palace History

Buckingham Palace was built in 1702 by the Duke of Buckingham as his London home. The house was then later sold to George III in 1761 by the Dukes son. In 1774 it was renamed "Queen's House" as Queen Charlotte resided there.

Buckingham Palace

Visiting Buckingham Palace

The State Rooms of the Palace are open to visitors during the Annual Summer Opening from late July to September. They are lavishly furnished with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection...

Househol Division

The Household Division

The men you will see in front of Buckingham Palace, and other locations, are not just ceremonial guards but also serving soldiers. While upholding the traditions of the past, they also perform duties throughout the world as professional soldiers...

More things to do in London - attractions, activities, theatre shows and tours!

Buckingham palace is also a great place to start to enjoy some of the major London attractions, on foot.

From Buckingham Palace you can easily walk to; Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Piccadilly Circus, St James' Palace, 10 Downing Street, The Thames, Trafalgar Square and even Hard Rock Cafe, to name just a few of the great sights and London attractions that are a stones throw from Buckingham Palace!

Checkout our visitors choices for the top-ten London attractions

More Guard Change Ceremonies

London has more guard change ceremonies waiting to enthrall you including Changing the Guard at Windsor Castle and watching the Queens Lifeguard change at Horseguards every day.

Meet the Guide!

The Swan Hotel Bradford on AvonThe Swan Hotel is a great base to explore Bath, Stonehenge, Longleat, Lacock, Stourhead, the Kennet and Avon canal and more.

An enchanting coaching inn, that dates back to the 16th century, The Swan Hotel has been tastefully refurbished by seasoned hotelier James Sullivan-Tailyour.

James, the author of the Changing the Guard Guides, offers a warm welcome in Bradford on Avon and the opportunity to pick his brain for more information about the guards and even grab the chance to get a signed copy of the authorative Guide to Changing the Guard.

Bradford on Avon, an enchanting, picturesque town nestling on the banks of the River Avon, has its own train station with easy links to Bath (10 minutes), Bristol and London and is within easy driving distance of the Roman city of Bath, Longleat House and Safari Park, Lacock Abbey and National Trust Village, Stonehenge, Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole.

The Swan Hotel is within easy driving distance of the Roman city of Bath, Longleat House and Safari Park, Lacock Abbey and National Trust Village, Stonehenge, Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole.

Head over to The Swan Hotel website to check out the special offers.

Meet the Guide

The Swan Hotel Bradford Upon Avon

Bradford on Avon, a must see 'chocolate box' town just 8 minutes on the train from Bath.

Right in the centre of the town is 'The Swan Hotel', is a 16th century coaching inn that offers a warm welcome and a chance to meet the author of the authorative guide to Changing the Guard.