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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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Bearskin caps are worn because.....

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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Lancashire, England
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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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Saint Charles, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Great staff and friendly. Good video and very good exhibits. Easy to get around and close to our hotel( the St. Ermins)... walking distance easily.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

A brilliant place to learn about the Guards. The explanation of the various medals was excellent. It's a compact museum but full of history. Well worth a visit, and so close to Buckingham palace.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

This is a small museum, but shows the history of the various guards regiments. History at its very best. Well worth a visit.

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Chesterfield
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We had an hour or so to kill after watching the changing of the guards and decided to take our two boys to the guards museum. This was both educational and enjoyable. Both boys enjoyed the experience and even got to try on a bear skin at the end of the tour, which they totally loved. The only disappointment was... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

If you want to learn about The Guards this place is brilliant The video at the start is very imformative,Its not a big place but its got some great stuff in it. The staff are nice and friendly,

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This is an interesting museum which seems to be overlooked by the hordes passing the entrance to and from Buckingham Palace. This is a shame as it's got a lot of artefacts and interesting history pertaining to the Guards Regiments. Situated next to the parade ground and opposite the Guards Chapel the entrance is down some steps and so it's... More 

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Additional Information about Guards Museum

Address: 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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