Walking Tours

Horse Guards

Horse Guards Whitehall London SW1A 2AX
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  • Nearest Station
    Westminster, Embankment, Charing Cross

Horse Guards was the main gateway to St James Palace and Buckingham Palace, the black dot over the 2 pm on the clock face marks the hour when King Charles I (1600-1649) was executed.

The Queen’s Life Guard takes place Monday to Saturday at 11 am, Sunday 10 am. The daily inspection takes place at 4 pm Front Yard Whitehall.

Household Cavalry Museum visit the the mounted bodyguard of Her Majesty The Queen. King Charles II (1630-1685) established the Household Cavalry to protect the Monarch in 1661.

Open: November to March, 10 am – 5 pm  (except  20 July and 24-26 December). April to October, 10 am – 6 pm. Last admission is 45 minutes before closing.

Price: Adults £6, Children (aged 5-16), Concessions £4, Family ticket (2 adults & 3 children) £15.

Where is the Horse Guards? It is a 8 minute walk from Charing Cross Station in zone 1. Charing Cross serves the Northern, Bakerloo lines.

What is nearby on foot? Buckingham Palace 13 mins, Banqueting House 2 mins, Churchill War Rooms 4 mins, St James Park 1 min.

Did you know? King Henry VIII (1491-1547) used these grounds for jousting tournaments. The building was the headquarters of the Commander in Chief of the British Army until 1872.