Horse Guards Building
Horse Guards Building
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Speciality MuseumsHistoric Sites
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Neighborhood: Westminster
If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square, and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just up the road as well. As captivating as the architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.
How to get there
  • Charing Cross • 4 min walk
  • Embankment • 5 min walk
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Dreamer797291
South East England, UK18 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Booked red letter day experience arrived to find museum closed, no-one answering phone please save your grief and avoid museum. They had our phone number and email why not contact us?? Good.local park.and the parade ground itself
Written May 26, 2023
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK179,496 contributions
Oct 2021
Nice landmark building on the Horse Guards Parade housing the Guards Museum and also where the Horse Guards stand on duty. One of the quintessential touristy things that people love to visit especially if they can get a photo with the guard and horse.
Written October 30, 2021
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USHis2ryTeacher
Springdale, AR200 contributions
Mar 2018 • Family
This is a very cool place for kids to take their pictures with the Queen’s beautifully majestic black royal horses- just a short walk from Trafalgar Square.
Written April 14, 2018
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TeamWard
Nottingham, UK5,176 contributions
Sep 2020
A majestic building is the Horse guards building approach from Horse Guards ave to get a good view, see a member of the cavalry and wander through the arch.
Written October 2, 2020
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Lissel A
Brisbane, Australia691 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
Somehow we completely failed to know that if we walked this way past the Horse Guards Building, we could see the horse guards in their own little guard boxes! All the focus on the changing of the guards at Buck Palace - what about this! We were lucky enough to see the changing of the Horse Guards on our way to the Banqueting Hall (separate review) and it was a real treat. So beautiful to see them up close, and such a great photo opportunity. Depending upon the horse, you can even pat them. The officers there will tell you if and when to move back to give them space, and people were really polite and organised about taking turns for pics. What a magical, unplanned experience. We didn't get to visit the building proper, but to be honest I was so happy it didn't matter.
Written May 31, 2018
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places2seeplaces2go
England, UK4,821 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
Horse Guards Building links Whitehall to St James's Park. Have visited here several times over the years and since a child have on occasion had a photo taken with the mounted guards.
On this visit we had just been to Churchill War Rooms & St James's Park & decided to wonder around the parade ground.
It was built in the 18th century but is still a working building.
This building is where The Queens Birthday Parade takes place each year & if you get the timings right you can see The Guards on parade.
If on a first visit to London it is worth checking the timings for guard changing & ceremonial parades.
Written March 1, 2018
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Grant N
Hastings, New Zealand1,418 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
Went through gates at Whitehall passing the very stoic cavalrymen on their horses at the entrance. Arrived at the parade ground to find a troop preparing to ride off to the Palace. Horses beautifully presented and the Guards looked fantastic. They paraded around the ground so we saw a lot of movement and they the formed up and trotted off down to the Palace - very much worth the stop off - we were just wandering around and struck it lucky to see all the activity. Love the history
Written April 23, 2015
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Jolyon67
Melbourne, Australia5,714 contributions
Dec 2014 • Friends
One of the best photo opportunities in London and it is free. The Horse Guards building is at the Trafalgar Square end of Whitehall, closest underground is Charing Cross. The entrance on Whitehall is guarded by a couple of Cavalrymen on horseback, motionless and looking resplendent in their gleaming uniforms. Everyone takes turns posing by the horses, signs warn they might kick or bite. Inside the courtyard you encounter similarly motionless guards seemingly oblivious to the camera toting crowds. If you continue through the gateway you emerge on the expansive parade ground bounded by a series of palatial buildings. Here daily at 11am changing of the guard occurs. It also happens at Buckingham Palace but there you are separated from the action by the palace gates.
Written January 30, 2015
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Kristen R
Adkins38 contributions
Jun 2014 • Family
Also for lovers of pomp and ceremony. The horse guards change everyday at 11AM. Entire event takes about an hour but the standing is not a problem and the weather is often beautiful. A must see. DO NOT TOUCH the guards. Out front you are allowed to have your photos taken and can pet the horses. Do NOT touch the horses while in procession.
Written August 11, 2014
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Diane B
Singapore, Singapore55 contributions
Oct 2018
A must see if you are visiting London.Sometimes crowded so not easy to get close to the horses but if you wait Long enough you get a chance to be photographed with the mounted life guard on his horse.
Written July 18, 2019
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