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.
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Open NowHours This Week:
- Monday: Open 24 hours
- Tuesday: Open 24 hours
- Wednesday: Open 24 hours
- Thursday: Open 24 hours
- Friday: Open 24 hours
- Saturday: Open 24 hours
- Sunday: Open 24 hours
Address: 4 Whitehall Pl, Westminster, London SW1A 2AX, UK
Official Website: Horse Guards ParadeMap of nearby accommodations:
|Tube Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Circle, District and Jubilee Line||Westminster||7 Minutes|
|Northern and Bakerloo Line||Charing Cross||7 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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This really fun site can be easily missed when tourist first visit London. The site of the incredibly patient guard on their beautiful, massive, well trained horses is a mandatory photo op. Way walk to Buckingham Palace or Westminster
Sean Kilmartin - 12 days ago
Fantastic photo opportunity to capture some true British architecture. This is an accessible location in close proximity to Buckingham Palace and a number of other key sites. You can either access this from the from the Household Division Charity or St James Park. I would highly recommend you access it from the St James park side, where it is less crowded and offers a lot more room to move around.
Cameron Ezzy - 12 days ago
Best place to visit in London. Horse 🏇 guards are really awesome. Still they maintain the culture very well. People must visit these places once they in a lifetime
Yasar Arafath - 15 days ago
That is a less spectacular event that changing the Buckingham Palace guard but it is still superb! The horses are magnificent and the impressive uniforms of the guards (black with red collars for the old guard and red with black collars for the new guard) remind of the glory of the former British Empire.
Leontin Negru - 25 days ago
Something to be visited on the way. Guards were in a splendidly designed uniform but looked tired. Not a pleasant place for people with sharp nose as it smells. Perhaps an handkerchief with some perfume can help to cover your nose. I used perfume testers from BOOTS.
rajanaeem786 - 1 month ago