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Guards Museum

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Address: Wellington Barracks Birdcage Walk | Birdcage Walk, London SW1E 6HQ, 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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$75*
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London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Excellent museum

This museum is fantastic - it costs £6/person, for which, you get a look at the history of the 5 regiments of foot guards (Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This museum is fantastic - it costs £6/person, for which, you get a look at the history of the 5 regiments of foot guards (Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh), including how to tell the difference between them based on the arrangement of buttons on their uniforms. Well worth the visit. Very knowledgable volunteers as well, and well worth paying... More 

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A fascinating insight into the history of the five regiments of Guards. An introductory video sets the scene then very well presented exhibits with ample accompanying written information, supported, if required, by enthusiastic volunteers. In the traditional style of a museum it does not offer the ‘hands on, touchy feel’ of some child friendly museums so whilst keen adults may... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not a museum I was interested in but it was on the London pass and my sister wanted to go. It's well stocked and many nice things to see. If you are into military history this would be a must.

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Located just off St James's park the Guard's Chapel is a wonderful building. Bombed during the war the apse is truly magnificent and worth a visit.

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Thank Peter J
London
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived at 3pm and the advertised closing time is 4pm. The utterly miserable men staffing this tiny museum were happy to take our £6 each but offered no guidance or any kind of a welcome. We could see other visitors watching a film in one of the small rooms, but when we got to it, the area was roped... More 

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Ferndown, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved it, I didn't realise that of our 5 Guards regiments they go back as early as the English civil way in the mid to late C17. £6 entry for an adult but thoroughly worth it and only a matter of a few hundred yards from Buckingham Palace.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This small but informative museum in Wellington Barracks is a must for anyone who was in the guards, we arrived at the gates by the chapel and shop and after going down the stairs you see uniforms, guns, medals and other memorabilia from the days gone past and upto date. Will go again with the grandchildren.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visit London and it`s Museum`s regularly but this was my first visit to the Guards museum, It really is just a couple of rooms and as for the statement you can see the guards tending their horses there is just a grubby window to look through and not much to see, on a positive note what is there is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My friend and I were blown away with the important historical archives, memorabilia and documentation that exists here, dating clear back to officers uniforms from the Revolutionary war. There are uniforms and mementos going through all of the historic conflicts since, including WWI, WWII and current era. Anyone who is into military history will love this, and allow at least... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Small but extensive collection of all things relating to the British military. We had a fantastic guide who introduced us to the museum. His passion made the visit memorable and special for us.

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