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Horse Guards Building, London

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#35 of 142 in Historic Sites in London
Historic Site Specialty Museum
Home to gorgeous equines and stately guards, Horse Guards Building serves as the perfect spot to soak up some English pomp and royal history. The 17th-century Palladian-style structure marks the formal entrance to St. James' Palace, and only the country's monarch or those with a special pass can drive through its central archway. Stoic guards atop their horses keep watch at the entrance, providing one of London's best photo opportunities. If you're lucky, you may get to see the changing of the guards on the adjoining parade ground. Inside the structure is, appropriately, the Household Cavalry Museum. Add Horse Guards Building and other attractions to your London trip itinerary using our London tour planner.
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  • If you have time, or if this is on the way between other sites you are going to, then it is worth stopping. Don't go out of your way.  more »
  • The Horse Guards Building stands between Whitehall and Horse Guards Parade. There is a museum on-site where 18th Century stables can be viewed with exhibits of history and training of regiment and the...  more »
  • If u have some time go and see this place Especially guard changing is the keyword! I wouldn't say this is a must see but still if u have some time go and see it  more »
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  • Get there around 10:45am for a front row view. Better to watch this than the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham if you have kids in tow as the crowds are less and you can get up close to the guards and horses. Stay away from the entrance to the horse stables though unless you want a sentry to say out loud "Stay away from the arches!"
  • Great free tourist attraction in London perfect for anyone wanting to see something a little out of the ordinary! Form here it's a few meters walk to the beautiful st James Park, 5 mins to Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and about 10mins walk to the Palace. Walk slow and take in all the sights that London has to the offer. (Please let me know if you found this helpful)
  • Superb for tourists and to take your kids. The guards look amazing and the changing ceremony is worth seeing. As a Londoner I pass through as a short cut from Waterloo place to Whitehall and it always impresses. I especially like it early mornings , when the place seems empty except for me, the guard and the stunning architecture
  • Nice rocks to play in in the courtyard. Kids dammed it lots of water. Nice nearness to park.
  • Famous spot of guard change and inspection. Fun spectacle to watch

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