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Guards Museum

#289 of 2,404 things to do in London
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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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Wonderful History, Presentation needs Updating

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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Bedford, United Kingdom
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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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35 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
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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26 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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South Yorkshire
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
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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Austin
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014 via mobile

I've visited London several times without ever visiting the Guards Museum. What a mistake! This small, living museum is 1/2 block away from the Churchill War Rooms (same side of the street) and provides a wonderful overview of the Guards work - both ceremonial and militarily. There is an audio guide, video displays, uniforms and other interesting items. In addition,... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Lovely displays - very interesting and informative displays. The staff were very good at answering any questions you may have. A must for those interested in this subject. Reasonable entrance fee

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

An outstanding museum. Would liked to have gone back again to look at the exhibits in more detail. A proud history of the Guards regiments which showed their courage and bravery.

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Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We visited this attraction on our London Pass - allow about an hour to visit. It was interesting to see how the Guards uniforms and weapons have changed over the years. If you like toy soldiers - this is the place to get them. The gentleman at the entrance was only too happy to answer any questions we had.

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Edmonton, Canada
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This museum has a definite volunteer feel about it, which is not a bad thing. It makes it feel more personal, starting with the opening video not working and the attendee (a veteran of the guards) providing the talk instead, which I think is actually the better option. And the personal continued with the displays, so many of the items... More 

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