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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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Great for young boys

My thirteen year old son absolutely loved this place plus the Queen's Guard was practising in the forecourt outside as we walked from here up to Buckingham Palace as it is all in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Deborah D

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My thirteen year old son absolutely loved this place plus the Queen's Guard was practising in the forecourt outside as we walked from here up to Buckingham Palace as it is all in close proximity. It was on the London Pass we bought so worth a quick look and no one was there!

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Coldstream, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited this museum when down in London. the museum is very informative with a great selection of historical items. Well set out with space to look at all the displays. was really disappointed that there was no shop( unless you wanted model soldiers). Nowadays people want to buy things- especially tourists.

Thank ijdickson
Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just happened to be walking past on a rainy day, and visited on spur of the moment. Very interesting, a good way to learn about the five Guards regiments.

Thank STim58
Independence, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

I am not sure if it is that we had visited two other museums that day, both providing well done audio tours, but while this was an ok attraction, it struck us as rather scattered. It was hard to follow the display cases as they are numbered out of sequence and there is a lot of sprucing up that needs... More 

Thank Brenda N
Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

As a military person this place is a little gem. Well worth the visit for like minded people. The history and artefacts are top notch.

Thank anthony h
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

interesting but a little old fashioned nowadays. good for spending a rainy hour.Convenient location.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

I always like museums that appeal to a wide variety of people. The fan of history would appreciate what the Horse Guards are all about; whereas the children (and silly adults like myself) want to be able to feel and try on the ceremonial clothing worn by the guards. Although this group of riders always look so professional, I appreciated... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Very interesting! I really enjoyed learning about the history and what they do. It is a must see if interesting int he guards.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Happened on this museum at Wellington barracks. Very inexpensive. Cost us 3 pound each. Has wonderful memorabilia going back to the early 1600's. Shows pageantry dress, weapons , medals, etc. of the history of the guards plus more. A video at the entrance gives you a little background of the five different regiments. This is not your normal wait in... More 

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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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