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Horse Guards Parade, London

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Witness the pomp of ages-old British tradition at the Horse Guards Parade. Though there are mounted guards here to observe all day, a highlight is the changing of the guard ceremony, which takes place every morning. Appreciate the music, atmosphere, and precision of the ritual. Admire the horses and the splendid red uniforms of the guards. Bring your camera along and have your photo taken with one of the guards or horses. Talk to one of the mounted police officers accompanying the guards to answer any questions and for more information. Plan your visit to Horse Guards Parade and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our London trip planner .
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  • August 21, 2017
    The horses are beautiful, but not worth it on a rainy day in london. they arrive and then basically face off for 25 min and then ride off again. The surface is gravely so not suitable for cycling and ...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Happened across Horse Guards on a walk through Whitehall. Whilst there was no ceremony happening at that time of course, soldiers were on duty at the barracks in all their finery. Spent some time watc...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Day trip to London with my 8.5 year old daughter and decided to take her to see the horses. We were so lucky as actually arrived as they were about to start the changing of the horse guards. We stayed...  more »
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  • August 20, 2017
    If you want to see living History, this is the place to be. The Queen's Royal Guards on horseback wearing their full military uniforms Parade here. Perfect photo opportunities and being a part of History. A must see.
  • August 9, 2017
    Outstanding location to see history in the modern day. Changing of the horse guards as well as some of the best historic buildings in the world
  • June 1, 2017
    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!"
  • August 10, 2017
    Changing the Guard is definitely a must-view while in London. Impressive tradition of the Household Cavalry !
  • July 24, 2017
    Great architecture and an impressive space with some interesting monuments and statues. Also will often have special events there, but sadly most only open to a select few.

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