Horse Guards Parade

sights / Historic

Horse Guards Parade information

London , United Kingdom
Address
Street Horse Guards Parade
Extras off Whitehall, W1
Getting there
tube Westminster, St James’s Park
More information
www.changing-the-guard.com/london-programme.html
Opening hours
11am Mon-Sat, 10am Sun
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Lonely Planet review

In a more accessible version of Buckingham Palace’s Changing of the Guard, the mounted troops of the Household Cavalry change guard here daily, at the official vehicular entrance to the royal palaces. A slightly less pompous version takes place at 4pm when the dismounted guards are changed. On the Queen’s official birthday in June, the Trooping of the Colour is staged here.

The parade ground and its buildings were built in 1745 to house the Queen’s so-called Life Guards. During the reigns of Henry VIII and his daughter Elizabeth jousting tournaments were staged here.