We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
WINNER WONDERLAND
Win Big When You Book on TripAdvisor

Guards Museum

#289 of 1,514 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
Neighborhood:
Westminster
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Neighborhoods
Neighborhoods
Get directions
Address: Wellington Barracks | Birdcage Walk, London SW1E, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7414 3271
Website
Today
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Book In Advance
More Info
$72.59*
and up
London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 175 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 74
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
A must see .....

A very interesting museum full of history that should not be missed. The history is about the Foot Guards being the Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
thewillow
,
Australia
Add Photo Write a Review

175 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 139: English reviews
Australia
Level Contributor
255 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A very interesting museum full of history that should not be missed. The history is about the Foot Guards being the Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards. The museum covers many years of history displaying uniforms and so much more. You need to understand the difference in the Foot Guards and how they came about. The museum is run... More 

Helpful?
Thank thewillow
Tumut, New South Wales, Australia
Level Contributor
44 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

really enjoyed this little museum that shows off and explains the guards their history, their regiments and colours and uniforms- there is meaning behind it all and it was truly fascinating

Helpful?
Thank Jeannette B
Cornwall, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
79 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited here with my sister. After watching the video on entry, you learn a lot about the uniforms and facts about the different sections. There is a timeline of facts and information right up to the modern day. You get to see how the uniforms have changed as well as the weapons and wars. There is so much written information... More 

Helpful?
Thank Smantha
Mumbai
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Collectors of lead soldiers with hand painted uniforms have to see the collection at the museum store. There are collections of entire scenes from medieval, WW1-2, and even modern day campaigns that the Queen's Guards have engaged in. I got a few plastic versions of the Queen's Guards but you can begin collecting with a few lead soldiers too!

Helpful?
Thank Mumbaite
Norman, Oklahoma
Level Contributor
15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

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 

Helpful?
Thank Ann F
Godalming, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
112 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

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 

Helpful?
Thank domtheirishman
Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
Level Contributor
36 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

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.

Helpful?
Thank jamie423
Level Contributor
3 reviews
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 

Helpful?
Thank Mattc2604
Lancaster, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
69 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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 

Helpful?
Thank Ken F
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
320 reviews
156 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
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.

Helpful?
Thank HowieEmbry

Travelers who viewed Guards Museum also viewed

 

Been to Guards Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Guards Museum and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question
London, United Kingdom
over a year ago
Saint Paul, Minnesota
over a year ago

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from Guards Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in Westminster

Neighborhood Profile
Westminster
If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square, and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just up the road as well. As captivating as the architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.
Explore this neighborhood