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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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Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

Lovely to see the horses standing Sent but dont get too close as one tourist found out when the horse pushed them and neighed.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

We timed our visit for changing of the guard. Every day through summer at 1045 and worth the visit. Great price of pomp and ceremony. Stunning buildings with the following: Police memorial close by At the edge of St James’ Park Free to observe Memorial...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

The parade ground was packed for Changing of the guard. The location is impressive as it is close to the remains of Whitehall Palace and just behind Downing Street. There are usually soldiers to see and horses and the guard is changed daily so check...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 3 August 2018

Went to a Beating Retreat Ceremony and it was just great. All seats appear to be good and frankly I didn't think it was too expensive.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank PiperTricia
Reviewed 28 July 2018

I visited Horse Guards Parade to see the RAF 100 display which looked fantastic in the parade ground with the excellent Admiralty Extension as a backdrop. Horse Guards Parade is a large parade ground off Whitehall, surrounded on three sides marvellous building and St James...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 20 July 2018

We went to Whitehall to wait for Horse Guards Parade by 10:15 on Tuesday 3rd April 2018. It's less crowded at 10:55, there has been a Squadron of The Life Guards, who wear red tunics and white plumed helmets left the door and these 7...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 8 July 2018

If you get there around 10 am, chances are you will be very close and unless Japanese tourists elbow their way before you, you will see everything from very very close. At 10:30 the guards arrive, yell at each other, some go in the building...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 8 July 2018

If you want to see something special in London, go to Whitehall and watch the Horse Guard Parade. It’s the Changing of the Guard, but on horseback! What a spectacular display seeing the guards on these beautiful horses go through their paces. Many tourists are...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

I was advised by a friend who lived in London for five years that I absolutely have to include the Royal Horseguards Palace on my London itinerary. She was so right . The changing of the guards at 11 am was absolutely gorgeous. I loved...More

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Reviewed 20 June 2018

If in London you should take time to see the Horse Guards with all their pomp and ceremony. Be at the Hyde Park Barracks around ten as they leave around 10.30 and there are usually good crowds.On Sundays it is an hour earlier.

Date of experience: June 2018
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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 ..