We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Changing of Queens Life Guard - ? worth seeing ?

birmingham, mi
Level Contributor
170 posts
24 reviews
Save Topic
Changing of Queens Life Guard - ? worth seeing ?

I have been told that changing of guard at the palace is over rated since its so crowded- BUT that the Changing of Life Guard at Whitehall IS worth while - Would that be the opinion of others on here ? I believe the Life guard changes dec 23 at 11 am and dec 24 at 10 am per their web site. Is it easier to see ?? Thanks.

Best Seller
Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath...
5,669 Reviews
from US$123.10*
Best Seller
Stonehenge, Windsor, and Bath with...
2,248 Reviews
from US$125.80*
Best Seller
London Harry Potter Tour of Warner...
747 Reviews
from US$103.10*
17 replies to this topic
Harrow, United...
Destination Expert
for York
Level Contributor
9,692 posts
47 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Changing of Queens Life Guard - ? worth seeing ?

Changing of the guard at horse guards parade is infinitely easier to see. The main issue is to see the changing of guard at buckingham palace you really need to be there well in advance (like 30-45 minutes before hand). Not sure I'd want to be standing waiting that long at any time of year bur particularly this time of year when it can be cold and wet.

Manchester, United...
Destination Expert
for Pollenca, Port de Pollenca
Level Contributor
11,685 posts
54 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Changing of Queens Life Guard - ? worth seeing ?

Ditto post #1.

And I would add that one can get right up close to the event and service personnel at Horseguards.

https://goo.gl/obgw3p

London
Destination Expert
for London
Level Contributor
23,838 posts
77 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Changing of Queens Life Guard - ? worth seeing ?

Well I prefer it and usually advise it. It's more what I would expect a 'Guard' to be and as others have said you can get closer and don't need to hang around to get a good spot although not much really happens. Either get to the corner of the Mall and Horse Guards around 10.50 am (an hour earlier on Sundays) to see them arriving and follow round to the Parade Ground to watch the change,or arrive at the Parade Ground at around 11.25 and watch the Old Guard come out and leave.

I would only bother in fine weather though (and I do mean dry, sunny). Pop over to St James's Park in the 20 mins in between.

London, United...
Destination Expert
for Hurghada
Level Contributor
10,117 posts
59 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Changing of Queens Life Guard - ? worth seeing ?

Far to cold at moment, wait till it warms up, or wrap up warm....only benefit is it be quieter at weathers freezing ❄️☃️❄️

Israel
Level Contributor
3,585 posts
580 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: Changing of Queens Life Guard - ? worth seeing ?

Horse guard is better and easier. Why not take a tour from Fun London?

London, United...
Level Contributor
1,768 posts
172 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: Changing of Queens Life Guard - ? worth seeing ?

Vastly better. No wait, no distance between you and the guards.

San Francisco, Ca
Level Contributor
20,868 posts
76 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: Changing of Queens Life Guard - ? worth seeing ?

The changing of the guard at Windsor Castle is also good to see, if a visit there happens to be on your agenda.

Preston, United...
Level Contributor
5,051 posts
6 reviews
Save Reply
8. Re: Changing of Queens Life Guard - ? worth seeing ?

I would think the changing of the lifeguards would attract a big audience. Do they wear bearskins on their trunks at this time of year?

Israel
Level Contributor
3,585 posts
580 reviews
Save Reply
9. Re: Changing of Queens Life Guard - ? worth seeing ?

#8- It's going to attrract a large audience if you tell people

San Francisco, Ca
Level Contributor
20,868 posts
76 reviews
Save Reply
10. Re: Changing of Queens Life Guard - ? worth seeing ?

Better bearskins than bareskins?

Reply to: Changing of Queens Life Guard - ? worth seeing ?
Get notified by e-mail when a reply is posted