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Guards Museum

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Address: Wellington Barracks | Birdcage Walk, London SW1E, England
Phone Number: 020 7414 3271
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

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This is a small museum located in the rear of the Horse Guards Building. There the uniforms of the past and present are on display and the guards horses can be seen in their... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This is a small museum located in the rear of the Horse Guards Building. There the uniforms of the past and present are on display and the guards horses can be seen in their stables.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Although it is small, there is a wealth of history packed into the Musuem. The staff, which are retired military, are very nice and personable. The uniforms and weapons and other items are fascinating. The gift shop is jammed w/ miniature soldiers of every type and is worth a visit in its own right.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

This is a very specific military museum - all guards regiments (Coldstream, welsh, Scottish, royal guards etc). It is small and cosy and staffed by retired guardsmen who are incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. I went went to learn about the Coldstream guards as I have family members who were guardsmen. You can also go into the guards chapel for free.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I visited in July 2015. I found this to be a really good museum. Time: It is small, I spent about 2hrs in there, but that's because I read almost everything. If you were more selective you could spend about 30 minutes to an 1hr in the museum. It is worth the adult £6 entry, free for children, Toilets: No,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The Guards Museum is small but you can't miss to visit it. All exhibits are well displayed. At the entrance, a video explains the history of the Guards Regiment's history and suggests what to look out for. It's a travel across the history of Guards' campaigns, from the beginning to the present, with the involvement in international peacekeeping operations.

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Charlotte, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Tucked between the Churchill Rooms and the Guard plaza on the left is a tiny museum dedicated to the Queen's Guard. Amazing place, including the history, the types of uniforms and a plexiglass peek area to look at the horses. If you time it right, you will walk into the back cobblestone courtyard I. Time for the changing of the... More 

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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

That's what the French were wearing when the Brits defeated them. As we were told by the guy working, they took the bearskin caps as a "trophy"! Lots of info about how to tell the different uniforms apart. What means what. When and where you wear certain things. How the uniforms evolved....VERY interesting if you like history. There is even... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is a small museum hosted by (im assuming) old members of the guards who seem to be very passionate and proud about the history of this regiment. The uniforms were very neat and classy and the museum had a nice layout from start to end. Sadly, cant take photos inside but such is life. It was fairly priced and... More 

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Wakefield, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

This museum had an impressive collection of uniforms and medals for the Royal Guards over the years. There were lots of interesting information of the different uniforms. One of the most interesting uniforms was the one worn by Queen Elizabeth when she was in the military. This museum is a pretty quick walk through--I was only there about 30 minutes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Not the biggest museum that you will see in London , but DEFINITELY not one to miss! Beautifully kept- all exhibits are so well displayed. There is a video, at the entrance, that tells you what to look out for, and explains the history of each Guards Regiments' history and the enumeration of their buttons and distinctions in their bearskins.... More 

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Additional Information about Guards Museum

Address: Wellington Barracks | Birdcage Walk, London SW1E, England
Phone Number: 020 7414 3271
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Westminster
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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