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Guards Museum

#291 of 1,498 things to do in London
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Address: Wellington Barracks Birdcage Walk | Birdcage Walk, London SW1E 6HQ, England
Phone Number: 020 7414 3271
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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A Few Good Men

A small free museum that gives the history of The Foot Guards- Life Guards, the Blues & Royals, Grenadier Guards, Coldstream Guards, Scots Guards, Irish Guards and Welsh Guards... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Ann F
Norman, Oklahoma
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Norman, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A small free museum that gives the history of The Foot Guards- Life Guards, the Blues & Royals, Grenadier Guards, Coldstream Guards, Scots Guards, Irish Guards and Welsh Guards, particularly the latter five. Museum was well organized with nice exhibits that complimented the video shown first. It moved the Guards from performers to soldiers. I definitely want to compliment the... More 

Thank Ann F
Godalming, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Another free exhibition right next to Buckingham palace. As well as the Museum, one must also go to the Chapel - with many of the regimental flags hung on the walls, and crypts for each of the guards regiments. Very atmospheric,and a place for quiet comtemplation. On the way out , pop into the Toy shop - full of fantastoc... More 

Thank domtheirishman
Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Museum is tiny and they start off by making you watch a SUPER BORING video. the video basically summed up the entire museum and you can leave after that and not fee like you missed a thing. Its also very obviously under funded and showed it. it looked to be out of the 60's and the staff were misserable.

Thank jamie423
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016

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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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016

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 

Thank BumpkinsLondon
Ferndown, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016 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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