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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
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I visited the Guards Museum yesterday with my two daughters. What a great museum. Everything is well detailed and you walk through from formation to present, of the five regiments... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I visited the Guards Museum yesterday with my two daughters. What a great museum. Everything is well detailed and you walk through from formation to present, of the five regiments of foot guards. There is a mixture of uniforms, equipment, medals and artifacts. Kept us all interested. Also had a display of objects from Hougoumont at the Battle of Waterloo,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The two ex squaddies were keen to help and answer questions. The small museum was well presented and I found it very interesting. Recommend a visit

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Had a lovely time in the museum. I takes you through the history of the Guards, from formation to modern times

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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

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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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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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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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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