Visit The Queen's Life Guard

An alternative, especially for children who love horses, is to head for Horse Guards Parade where the Queen's Life Guard change, at 11:00 Monday - Saturday and at 10:00 on a Sunday.

There you will find smaller crowds and no railings between visitors and the men and horses taking part in the ceremony.

Combine this with a visit to the Household Cavalry Museum where kids big and small can dress up in the uniform of a Life Guard or Blues and Royals trooper as well as see the horses being worked on in their stables, through a glass partition, and you might just have found someone's ideal day out.

 

The Life Guards mounting the Queen's Life Gaurd on Horse Guards Parade

Getting to Wellington Barracks

Address: Birdcage Walk, Westminster, London SW1E 6HQ.

Nearest Tube Station: St James's Park - District and Circle Line

Directions St James's Park Station to Wellington Barracks:

Leave the station by the Broadway exit.

Cross Broadway and turn right onto Queen Anne's Gate.

Turn left onto Birdcage Walk.

Walk along Birdcage Walk to the gates of Wellington Barracks.

Total distance: 0.3mile. Walking time: 6 - 8 minutes (approximately).

Wellington Barracks to The Mall, (Junction with Marlborough Road

Cross Birdcage Walk and enter St James's Park.

Walk diagonally across the Park to the footbridge over the lake.

Cross the footbridge, (good spot to get pictures of Buckingham Palace)

Follow the path, straight ahead, from the footbridge to The Mall

Route Map

Click the map for details and pictures of what you will see.

  • Route for Kids Walk
  • Route for Kids Walk
    Suggested route for younger visitors to see the Guards and Bands while avoiding the huge crowds outside Buckingham Palace.
  • Irish Guards Band
    The Band form a semi-circle and play a selection of music while waiting for the Colours of the New Guard.
  • Grenadier-Guards-Wellington-Barracks
    Colours of the Grenadier Guards are escorted to the New Guard
  • Irish Guards Band
    Band of the Irish Guards leading the New Guard out of Wellington Barracks onto Birdcage Walk
  • Bridge in-St James's-Park
    You get a great view of Buckingham Palace from here.
  • The Life Guards
    The Life Guards riding down The Mall on their way back to barracks
  • Coldstream Guards Band
    Band of the Coldstream Guards leading the St James's Palace Detachment of The Queen's Guard up The Mall.
The map and directions are available for download in PDF format

 

Need More Information?

Should you need more information about visiting the Changing of the Guard ceremony with children please don't hesitate to get in touch.

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