Changing of The Guard

Changing of The Guard

Witnessing the Changing of The Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace (sometimes referred to as Changing The Guard) is one of the most popular London attractions, and is a great option for those on a tight budget as it is completely free to view this world-famous spectacle. Although the dates on which the event takes place are often changed – and can be affected by the weather – the general rule is that the ceremony takes place every day at 11.30am from May to July and on alternate days throughout the rest of the year, with the event taking around forty-five minutes to complete.   
Changing of the Guard is a delightful way of witnessing true aristocratic pomp and ceremony – and is an essential London attraction for those fascinated by the British monarchy. The ceremony provides the most accessible platform from which to see authentic execution of one of the royal institution’s most famous rituals.

A visit to the Changing of the Guard ritual can be combined with viewing the Queen’s Gallery and, if your visit takes place between July and September, the tour of Buckingham Palace.  

Nearest Tube/Railway Station

Victoria (Victoria Line; District Line; Circle Line)
Green Park (Piccadilly Line; Victoria Line; Jubilee Line)


London Borough of the City of Westminster



Opening Times

The ceremony takes place at 11.30am
May to July: every day
August to April: alternate days

Address / Contact Details

Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA 

Related Attractions

Kensington Palace
Buckingham Palace
Banqueting House
Clarence House
St James’s Palace
Hampton Court Palace
Kew Palace
Tower of London
Wellington Arch