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Guards Museum

#311 of 1,522 things to do in London
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Address: Wellington Barracks Birdcage Walk | Birdcage Walk, London SW1E 6HQ, England
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+44 20 7414 3271
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10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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The Guards Museum in London is located near Buckingham Palace. It is a great place to stop and spend an hour or two for anyone interested in the history of the royal guards. There... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were SO disappointed to find the Guards Museum closed today (Sunday January 8th 2017) There was no mention of this on the website or left as a voice mail when I tried to call. Luckily for us we were able to attend a service in the chapel instead. Think it's closed all month so be warned!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Guards Museum in London is located near Buckingham Palace. It is a great place to stop and spend an hour or two for anyone interested in the history of the royal guards. There is a small fee to enter but it is worth the price. Kids under sixteen years old are free. The museum is open seven days a week. You... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

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

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 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!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 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 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 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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