The changing of the guard ceremony is common in most European capitals, but nowhere is it more famous than in London. The new guard leaves Wellington Barracks a few minutes before the change and marches down Birdcage Walk to Buckingham Palace. The actual ceremony (which lasts around 40 minutes) takes place within the gates of the palace, so get there early to secure a good vantage spot. In addition, the St. James's Palace detachment of the Queen's guard marches to Buckingham Palace then back to St. James. The ceremony does not take place daily, please check the official event website for detailed schedules.
- Type: Festivals & Fairs
- Nearest Train: St. James's Park
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Buckingham Palace has been the official residence of British royalty since 1837. The forecourt is the setting for one of London's most popular tourist events, The Changing of the Guard. The Mews are working stables, where you can see the Queen's horses and state carriages. The Buckingham Palace state rooms are only open during certain days in August and September. Just outside the front of the palace, you can enjoy the Queen Victoria Memorial Gardens and the Victoria Memorial, a striking and impressive sculpture facing the Mall.