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Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall

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Address: Whitehall, London SW1A 2AX, England
Phone Number: +44 1753 755297
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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 part of London history

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... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We were visiting central London and stopped by to watch the change of guard. It was amazing!! A must see!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Lovely view of this place from st James park Lovely to see our horse guards Attracts crows of people

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A short distance from the Cenotaph at Whitehall, is Horse Guards Parade. We enjoyed watching the Changing of the Guards there. We admired the professionalism of these active soldiers. They carry out their duties with tourists milling about them and their horses. Not all tourists are sensible - trying to get too close for their photo opportunities. The signs warning... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

definitely different and interesting especially for kids, you can get picture with guards on horses at the front while the guards don't react or pay heed and keep the well known serious facial expression, short parade about 10 minutes and small crowds so id recommend it instead of the crowded changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace commences from here. It also is the host for the Trooping of the Colours each year. As the name suggests the Guard are all mounted on horses. A splendid sight. Be there from 1100, they move off at 1130 for the Palace. The actual parade ground is off Whitehall, where the guard... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great photo stop. The horses are so well behaved. The museum is worth a visit too. The walk through the yard leads to the park which is nice. It gets busy so beware of pickpockets.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The pomp and ceremony of the Horse Guards captures what England and London is all about and a must see when there.Check the times and locations for the best experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

These magnificent Cavalry chaps have been doing their thing since the Restoration of Charles II in 1660. It is easy to overlook that these fine men in their traditional regalia are a part of front line battle hardened Armoured Regiments. That there are no fences twixt the observer and these men offers superb opportunities for photography. I attach my offering... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Horse Guards Parade displays involve much pomp and display for the tourists but it is fabulous to watch and all very British... I'm a Brit visiting London with my family and we loved it and it made me proud to be British. The Household Cavalry is made up of the two most senior regiments of the British Army, the... More 

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