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Guards Museum

#326 of 1,596 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
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 is an interesting place to visit. There is a lot of history in the exhibits. The only downside is that there are no photos allowed. Free with London Card.

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Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The guards museum is an interesting place to visit. There is a lot of history in the exhibits. The only downside is that there are no photos allowed. Free with London Card.

Thank gerleg12
Boston, United States
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Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

I was walking around the area and passed by this museum, the shop drew me in first. It is a quaint little shop full of miniature military cast iron models, cards shirts and more. The gentleman behind the counter was very friendly and knowledgeable and I really enjoyed talking with him. I purchased a couple of things then decided to... More 

Thank Kim G
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Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

It is closed during all January, but there is a wonderful store in its entrance that sells small iron and plumber casting.

Thank George B
Stafford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017 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!

Thank ginadudley2017
Jaipur, India
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Reviewed 2 January 2017

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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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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Tumut, New South Wales, Australia
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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

Thank Jeannette B
Cornwall, United Kingdom
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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 

Thank Smantha
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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!

Thank Mumbaite
Norman, Oklahoma
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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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