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Guards Museum

#291 of 1,515 things to do in London
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Address: Wellington Barracks Birdcage Walk | Birdcage Walk, London SW1E 6HQ, England
Phone Number: +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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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 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks 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 

Thank thewillow
Tumut, New South Wales, Australia
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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

Thank Jeannette B
Cornwall, United Kingdom
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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 

Thank Smantha
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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!

Thank Mumbaite
Norman, Oklahoma
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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 

Thank Ann F
Godalming, United Kingdom
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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 

Thank domtheirishman
Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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.

Thank jamie423
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 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 

Thank Mattc2604
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 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 

Thank Ken F
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 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.

Thank HowieEmbry

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