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Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall

#117 of 1,527 things to do in London
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Address: Horse Guards Whitehall, London SW1A 2AX, England
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Built in 1745 to house the old palace guards, this is London's largest...

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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Another icon of London

Who doesn't want to see the life guards of blues and royals at horse guards and if you time it right you can watch the changing of the guard. Great big surreal out the back... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We showed up at 11:00 and saw a handful of horsemen arrive and shout a bit at each other, before one group headed into the barracks. Then we walked around to the front courtyard and saw a couple of horsemen relieve the guards on duty. All in all, a waste of time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Who doesn't want to see the life guards of blues and royals at horse guards and if you time it right you can watch the changing of the guard. Great big surreal out the back where they hold trooping the colour which invest his every year. Great tradition and as a Brit it dies make me proud.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I always stop by Horse Guards when visiting London. Guards are posted on horseback from 10am to 4p. Changing of the Guard takes place every day at 11am on the Parade ground and there is a dismount ceremony every day at 4pm.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Talk about a sight to be seen in London of days gone by, it is a very old parade mostly in one of the parks in the Hyde park area... this is the queens guard .. lots of pomp and formal show of formal dress guards... worth the time to enjoy days of merry old England..!!!!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Best spot for changing of guards. Skip the ceremony at Buckingham Palace where you will be 20 people deep, 30 yards away and watching foot guards change. At the horse parade you get front row view of the horse guards changing. We got there at 10:30 and was able to take picture next to guard on Whitehall street side, then... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a must see w e knew about the changing of the guards ceremony however did not expect this WOW experience. Unobstructed view. Great photo opp. The guard horses and horsemen are in the center of a big roped off circle where you can get great photos. No need to get there too early as there are plenty of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stood for almost an hour watching this spectacle. A lot of time you are watching maybe 25 to 35 horses standing in lines, eight horses long. Horses are gorgeous, big, guards impeccably dressed and super riders. When they do move it is a sight to behold but young folks and non horsey types might find the whole thing too long.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

The horsequards are a special feature - the impressive animals and the quards which are also spectacular. The change of the quards is a speedy proces and not in itself very spectacular- but it is still fun to see - and has a duration which suited our kids very well. Personally I have combine this with parliament, James park and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Visited here several times and still enjoyable. One thing though; I really wish that tourists would not touch the horses in the guard boxes

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

You're reading this, so you're most likely a tourist. So is this something that you must see? Well it's a part of the London culture. So if you're into culture and want to see something that has been a part of their history then I say yes, go for it. You have to go at a certain time and after... More 

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