Horse Guards Parade

A trip to London isn't complete without seeing the Horse Guards Parade

East facade of Horse Guards Building and Parade
East facade of Horse Guards Building and Parade

The Horse Guards Building is a large Palladian style building located on Whitehall Street at the east edge of Saint James's Park. It was completed in 1753, replacing the Guard House of the Whitehall Palace after its destruction by a fire in 1698. The building is currently headquarters to London District and Household Cavalry Army commands.

In addition to the interesting architecture, you will enjoy viewing and photographing the guards. The Horse Guards is guarded by both mounted and foot troopers from the Household Cavalry. There are 2 mounted troopers on post daily between 10am and 4pm. These troopers are relieved every hour. In addition two unmounted troopers posted from 10 am until 8 pm get relieved every 2 hours.

If you arrive just before 11am (10am on Sundays) you can view the popular changing of the guard. There is also an inspection of the the guard everyday at 4pm. This was started over 130 years ago when Queen Victoria came through the gate and found no guards. Upon investigating, she discovered they where intoxicated with ale. She then ordered that the Household Cavalry must parade every day at 4 pm for 100 years, to ensure it would not happen again. While the 100 years has long passed the tradition continues.

Kids and adults will all enjoy watching the guards. It is amazing to watch how still they stand at their posts, seemingly oblivious to everyone around them. This is one of the many things you can do in London for free - great when travelling on a budget.

There are many other attractions within easy walking distance of the Horse Guards Parade. Some of these include Saint James's Park, Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. These attractions can be nicely combined into a memorable one or two day walking tour.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Horse Guards Parade Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Address: Whitehall, London SW1A 2ET, UK

Horse Guards Parade Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Incredible views. I've never seen horse guard before I came here. There were many tourists from everywhere. I recommended from a friend one of mine to track course. So I first visited Horse Guards Parade at 10:45am. It started at 11 am. I looked almost 5 minutes, and I moved into The Mall Street to see the military band they passed the road at 11:35am. After that, I looked around Buckingham palace.
이재훈 - in the last week

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5 Star Rating A must to see in London. It’s all part of the great British history. The horses are amazing and very well behaved, although they do on occasions get upset about a few things. Lovely to see. Always venture through the archway and see the main parade area and gardens.
Simon Round - a month ago

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5 Star Rating So pleased we were able to make a stop here and see the Horse Guards in action. Two were stationed outside, whilst two Guards were inside on foot. It was a pleasure and a privilege to be able to see them, and to grab a quick photo alongside them too!
Emily Kapllani - a month ago

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5 Star Rating This is one of the must stops for my trip. If you have time to stick around or plan it right you can see the changing of the guards. There were loads of people there by the time I made it there but it was still great to experience. There's also a little souvenir shop around the back. Just to point out, these are real guards, not just people play acting. Please be respectful.
Melissa Leda - 5 months ago

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5 Star Rating Amazing spot to watch the King's Guard horse detachment parade through! (We got a super helpful Metropolitan Police mounted policewoman whom told us to wait 2mins and where best to stand for Horse Guards Parade. 💚🤗)
Jason Pinto - 2 weeks ago

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Directions

Tube Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Circle, District and Jubilee LineWestminster7 Minutes
Northern and Bakerloo LineCharing Cross7 MInutes

How to get to Horse Guards Parade by Tube

From Charing Cross Station exit to Trafalger Square and exit the roundabout onto The Mall and then go south (left) on Horse Guards Road.

From Westminster Station take Exit 6 and go left out of the underpass, then go right on Great George Street and right onto Horse Guards Road.

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