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.
Tours To Horse Guards Parade
The Original Tour London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $45
Duration: 20 to 120 minutes
Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony & Afternoon Tea BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $125
Duration: 4 hours 45 minutes
Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $80
Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes
Horse Guards Parade Reviews
Halfway down Whitehall the changing of the guard is a 11am most but even outside of these hours the calvary stand guard at the entrance. Their is a museum which is a bit expensive but the square... more »
You can actually see this area from across St James Park from the Buckingham Palace end. It was nice to actually be able to walk around it afterwards. The area is quite large and open which is nice... more »
A really unique experience if you like horses and pomp and circumstance. The facts: during the week this takes place at 11 AM on the grounds referred to as the horse guard parade field. You should be in place at least 15 minutes beforehand to get a good viewing position. The parade lasts till 11:30. It is worth waiting during the time when everyone is stationary. It may seem like a long time, but the action is in the courtyard during this time. Patience is a virtue.
This is a must see if you are visiting London. It is an amazing sight watching the guards on their groomed horses riding down from Hyde Park towards Buckingham Place. The guards wearing their shiny armour and red plumed helmets are a sight to behold. An awesome experience and the police on the sidelines are very accommodating and let you jump the rope to take photos if you smile nicely.
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