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Horse Guards Parade, London

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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.
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  • Horse Guards Parade is a stunning building and the are has several statues to view and a dragon canon, the parade ground is splendidly maintained, and is larger than expected.  more »
  • Wonderful; so many people about & so many of the old guard, who were being honoured- quite rightly so. Military Band etc. Manicured surroundings. It was irritating that some individuals have their...  more »
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  • 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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