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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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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Chesterfield
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

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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larne
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

would probally be of most interest to ex guardsmen chapel also available.and a guards toy soldier museum

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Almost stumbled on to the museum, about a ten minute walk from Buckingham Palace. Had never heard of it, but my wife thoroughly enjoyed it. A fascinating collection of century's of uniforms, medals, and history. If this sort of thing is of interest, it is definitely worth a visit, as is the nearby chapel.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

A nice museum in central London depicting the proud history of the British Foot Guard Regiments...the Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards. Discounted admission for Military and ex-military. Staff was friendly. The museum is laid out intelligently and I enjoyed the hour I spent there on a rainy Sunday afternoon. In the way of constructive criticism, the presentation has... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My daughter and I were in London for a birthday treat. It was an excellent visit It gives you a good insite into the history and the present day role of the horse.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

This small museum is off of Horseguards Parade. It tells the history of the Guards and provides an interesting overview of their work. There is a very helpful audio guide and the volunteers who staff the museum are very knowledgeable and helpful. The displays include uniforms, video displays and other interesting material. You can even try on the boots, chest... More 

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Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We visited the museum after taking photos at Buckingham Palace. A pleasant walk through the park brought us to the Guards Museum. The museum had special meaning as my father had been in the Grenadier Guards many years ago, so it was important to me for my children to visit and learn a bit about the history of the guards.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 via mobile

Fab museum near Buckingham palace. Great to learn the history of the different guards and the differences between them. Reasonably priced to get in and a lovely couple of hours! Be warned though there are no toilet facilities although it is only a three minute walk across the park to public toilets.

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