Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall

Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall

Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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The area
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Neighbourhood: Westminster
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 highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.
How to get there
  • Charing Cross • 4 min walk
  • Embankment • 5 min walk
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grace f
Kilkenny, Ireland15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
It was lovely getting close to the horses, we only saw the parade from the rear but the kids loved the horses. Unfortunately it was lashing rain so we didn't get to go look foe the parade from the front but got to see the horses bon the less.
Written 5 March 2024
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jayem76
Leeds, UK110 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
We (me and my Mum) were in London for 4 days and had booked a visit to Westminster Abbey, and got off our bus from our hotel in Kings Cross in Trafalgar Square, so decided to walk down Whitehall past Horse Guards in order to get to the Abbey. Our timing was just right for the Changing of the Guard ceremony, which takes place here at 11am Monday to Saturday, and 10am on Sundays, so we got to see more of what are my Mum's favourite regiment of guards. The guards look so impressive in their uniforms and gold plumed helmets, and the horses are beautiful
Written 30 July 2023
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HINA W
Islamabad, Pakistan6,566 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
This is the formal parade ground in St James's Park. It is where Trooping the Colour takes place. This ceremony is the celebration of the Birthday of the king or queen. The window of the Horse Guards Building are opened and the Royal Family family views the Trooping Parade and the Monarch’s inspection from there. The Horse Guards is the 18th century building with a clocktower over its main arch. It was designed by William Kent during the reign of King George II. The building is constantly guarded by two of these equestrian guards called King’s Lifeguards. We saw the Changing of the Life Guard’s outside this building. It was a very impressive demonstration.
Written 12 July 2023
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Yorkshireman81
Yorkshire, UK10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Quick free attraction, worth doing if your in the area but not worth travelling to London just for this. Do this, see big ben, parliament, downing street and see the pelicans at the same time.
I recommend doing this one day and seeing the guards change at buckingham palace the next day.
11am daily (10am) sundays.
Never a big crowd.
Horses and soldiers are inspected in public. Show dedication and the skills of the soldiers.
Takes about 15 minutes.
Then after walk through the arch and take a selfie with a horse.
Written 2 July 2023
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Dreamer797291
South East England, UK18 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Horse guards museum. Booked two months in advance for our first big trip out since covid. Went all the way up to London to find museum closed. Tried to phone just kept ringing for around 4 minutes then message said no answerphone available. They had our email and phone number why not contact us ??
Written 17 May 2023
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Cathleen R
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
I booked the Royal Horse Guards twice in May. My room was large but I stared at a wall. I asked when I returned could I have a room not staring at a wall. I was given the smallest room looking at a wall. Won't be going back there. The hotel itself is beautiful and the staff are very nice but I was disappointed.
Written 17 May 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,375 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
The Horse Guards Parade is an impressive display of horsemanship. The Household Cavalry is a group of Royal regiments, which are responsible to the Crown. The Parade takes place at St James Park. The Guard changes every day. Get there early if you want to see the changing of the guard, which is usually held at 10:00am. It is a colorful display of precision horsemanship.
Written 19 March 2023
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LSUGirl
Dallas, TX155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Wow! Hubby and I had an unexpected surprise at the Horse Guards Parade while visiting the Household Calvary Museum. The military pageantry is stunning and the horses are beautiful. We were able to get very close to the action. Free to watch and wonderful treat!
Written 24 October 2022
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA13,464 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This is a Parade Ground bordered by St James's Park and several stately buildings including Admiralty Citadel, Admiralty Extension building, and the Admiralty House. Around the perimeter you will find a number of monuments and memorials.

As you enter or exit from Whitehall you will see two guards in full dress sitting on horses.
Written 17 October 2022
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland18,550 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
The whole area of Whitehall is fascinating g and the only way to see it is walking. The horse guards parade is a specifically to see.
Written 24 September 2022
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