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Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall, London

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Witness the pomp of ages-old British tradition at the Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall. 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 Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall visit and explore what else you can see and do in London using our London trip generator.
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  • VERY CROWDED!!! I almost got trampled. TONS OF NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING PEOPLE TRAMPLING YOU JUST TO GET A PHOTO! Some of these tourists are incredibly indomitable in their efforts to get photos and just ...  more »
  • This was one of our favorite sights to watch with our preschooler. She loved seeing the guards and their horses up close. It's less crowded than the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace.  more »
  • Instead of watching the change of the guards at Buckingham Palace you can see the change of the horseguards. It's very ceremonial and fatastic to see the horses!  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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