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Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall

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Built in 1745 to house the old palace guards, this is London's largest single open space that is used for the changing of the guards.
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Horse Guards Whitehall, London SW1A 2AX, England
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 20 March 2016

Such a wonderful sight to see. Extremely well trained horses and impeccably dressed guards with pristine uniforms and gleaming swords. As many other reviewers have commented, you can see much more here as there are not so many people as there are outside Buckingham Palace....More

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Reviewed 18 June 2014

The Horse Guard Parade is a large open space found at White Hall. Here you can watch the daily Changing of the Guard ceremony held at 11am (10am on Sundays). This is enjoyable if you have never seen this type ceremony before. This is also...More

3  Thank BradJill
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It's really fun to watch the change of guard here at the Horse Guards Parade grounds but do not miss the museum about the history of this regiment. Most fun bit is to try out the different uniforms of the cavalry. My kid enjoyed it....More

Thank drkritisg
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were able to see the Horse Guard parade up close and personal and then head over to the Changing of the Guard at the palace since we were there on a Sunday. Totally worth it since we didn't feel like standing to see the...More

Thank FaithSD
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve seen full parades in former visits, so the changing of the horse guards was not awe inspiring as the parades are, but they still provide a glimpse into the majesty of British tradition. The crowd came and went between the changing, so we were...More

Thank lwwinkle
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For someone coming from a country that we rarely see horses, this is really an interesting sight. We didn’t bother to book any tour as we made our way there before 11am and waited for the horse guards to turn out. Enjoy!

1  Thank Oscarsee
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Included with the London Pass, otherwise would not pay to see it. See some horses and the guard museum. That's it.

Thank Bob Z
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were walking to Horse Guards and Whitehall when the Household Cavalry passed us and rode into Horse Guards Parade. What a treat - we just happened to be there! Well worth a walk down here to see what’s going on. Great to see this...More

Thank MiladyUK
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this is where the famous changing of the guards are performed on a daily basis in the mornings. a royal tradition not to be missed.

Thank jeff1955malaysia
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I think the changing of the Queen's Horse Guards was my favorite part of our London trip. This is something that happens daily at 11:00 a.m. at the stables on Whitehall. My husband and I, plus hundreds of others, were willing to endure a chilly...More

Thank BebeHudson
Reviewed 9 October 2018

You cannot beat Britain for pomp and pageantry: my wife and I saw the changing of the guard at Whitehall, and enjoyed the spectacle. Be there before 11 a.m. for the best views, as it is fairly crowded. Both the guardsmen and horses are spectacular.

Thank Fred G
Reviewed 6 October 2018

Parade starts at Whitehall. You can try to keep up with the horses but good luck. Instead, once they leave, just head straight down the Mall where they eventually walk down as well as they head toward the palace gate. Very cool, very prestigious. A...More

1  Thank Nicole W
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If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a
grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to
start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster
Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square,
and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham
Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just
up the road as well. As captivating as the
architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are
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16 November 2018|
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Response from Oscarsee | Reviewed this property |
Hi Ray, No admission ticket required. Just be there a little bit earlier if you’re planning to take some nice pictures. Enjoy!
8 September 2018|
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Response from Steve57C | Reviewed this property |
Yes it does.
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Response from adywoo | Reviewed this property |
Its an Hour and a Half ... every 2 Years ..Plus you can watch the Band March up and down the Mall ..