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Horse Guards Parade London
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Horse Guards Parade was formerly the site of the Palace of Whitehall's tiltyard where tournaments were held in the time of Henry VIII.
 
The Palace of Whitehall
The Palace of Whitehall was the main London residence of English monarchs from 1530 until 1698 when the entire Palace was destroyed by fire save for The Banqueting House.
 
The Parade Ground is the venue for several annual royal ceremonies such as Trooping the Colour and Beating Retreat. Trooping the Colour marks the official birthday of the Sovereign and is attended by Queen Elizabeth II.
 
Memorials
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You may think Horse Guards Parade is just a large empty space but it does contain several memorials including the Guards Memorial. This monument was erected to commemorate the First Battle of Ypres and as well as other World War I battles.
 
Horse Guards Parade is bounded on the eastern side by the Mall, on the Buckingham Palace side by Horse Guards Road and on the Thames River side by Whitehall. Downing Street effectively forms the border on the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms side of the Parade Ground.
 
Visitors can access the Parade Ground from the west (Buckingham Palace and St James's Park) side where it abuts Horse Guards Road.
 
Horse Guards
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Should the visitor walk through Horse Guards Parade towards Whitehall, they will come upon Horse Guards itself where the ceremony of Changing the Horse Guard takes place - a must for those visitors who want the ultimate London Royal photograph as a souvenir.
 
Plan Your Visit
Getting There 
TfL Fare Zone 1  Transport for London Journey Planner
To find the best way for getting to Horse Guards Parade, visit TfL Journey Planner.
 
 - By Underground
Westminster Station        District, Circle and Jubilee Lines
Charing Cross Station      Bakerloo and Northern Lines
 
- By bus
Routes – 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 77A, 88 and 159
We suggest that you visit the Transport for London website above and use their 'Journey Planner'
 
- By Open Top Tour Bus
Do not forget that Visitors can use their 'Open Top' tour bus ticket to travel to 10 Downing Street or visit Horse Guards, The Banqueting House and the Houses of Parliament & Big Ben precinct.
 
- By Walking
A walk from either Trafalgar Square or Westminster underground station is an easy one along a flat route – usually takes about 15 minutes.
 
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