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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
Fee: Yes
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What a revelation!

I lived in London for 5 years and had no idea this existed. This small museum on Birdcage walk is great. The exhibits are interesting with lots of stories and info and as it is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Sarah W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I lived in London for 5 years and had no idea this existed. This small museum on Birdcage walk is great. The exhibits are interesting with lots of stories and info and as it is not well known it is really quiet. The best bit was after our visit we watched the guards form up in the square by the... More 

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Greenwich, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Educational and serious. Friendly staff. 6 pounds is well worth it. Takes about 1 hour. The Field Marshall uniform of HRH George Duke of Cambridge was the highlight for me. Walk across after and take in the the chapel. Very serene.

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Vilnius, Lithuania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of my favourite places to visit in London, being an ex-Guardsman myself. If its a really nice day then take a walk over by the cenotaph, through Horse Guards Parade up through St. James' Park to the Guards Museum. Ex-service personnel have an entrance fee of only £3. It pretty much goes over the history of the... More 

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

I have wanted to visit this museum set in the army barracks on birdcage walk opposite Buckingham palace. It's a great place to go to learn and take a look at some fascination artefacts from the wars that succeeded Great Britain. At £6 per ticket it's well worth a look at our history in detail. Army veterans are on hand... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Paid a short visit here to the museum and the Guards Chapel. The chapel is beautiful and functions every sunday with an open invitation to join the Guards at their sunday service. We arrived after the service ended but the next time i'm in London I will attend the service. The museum is an interesting place to visit especially as... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ducked in on the way back to our hotel and were very pleasantly surprised by the quality and educational value of this small museum. The history of the guards, is recounted in a series of very interesting rooms and exhibits. Can easily be done in a very relaxing 45 minutes, but well worth it.

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Gainesville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are in the area I would highly recommend visiting here as it is easy to walk through, reasonably priced, and very informative. Their is a short video to watch before exploring the history of the various royal guards. There are tons of relics and information to read which gives you a unique perspective.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

I LOVE THIS PLACE!!!!!! Being a former Queens Guard, serving in The Scots Guards, you know the ones, at the Palaces, red tunic and big bearskin. This place has special meaning to me. This place is dripping with history, from hundreds of years ago all the way to the present, from all 7 regiments that make up The Household Division,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

Near the bukingham palace where you can see the real guards shift and visit the musuem ..short walk to hyde park..nice little squirells everywhere ...the musuem has the history of soldiers died at the war and a big list can be found at the enterance of the musuem and the chapel ...there is a mini store where you can buy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

Learn the amazing history of the Queens Guards regiments. The museum contains many interesting displays and is very informative. Entry is by the gate to The Guards Chapel.

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