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The Household Cavalry Museum

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Address: Horse Guards Whitehall, London SW1A 2AX, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7930 3070
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Situated at Horse Guards, Whitehall between Trafalgar Square and...

Situated at Horse Guards, Whitehall between Trafalgar Square and Westminster Abbey the Museum lies at the heart of historic London in magnificent mid 18th century vaulted stables. Dazzling displays of uniforms, weaponry and other prized exhibits present a celebration and history of the British Army's senior regiments the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals, who uniquely form Her Majesty The Queen's mounted bodyguard. Open daily from 10am.

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A very interesting and well presented Museum at Horse Guards Parade.

This is not a big Museum and you can be around it in an hour but it is a very interesting and informative collection of exhibits that document and explain the history of, and life... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 October 2016
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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This musum is housed in the Horse Guards Building and is wonderful. There is so much history there and you can watch the Horse Guards tending to their horses through the Perspex window. There is also a section in the stables which has "dress up" uniforms for children and adults and my husband and son (11) had fun doing this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had a chance to visit this museum and was not disappointed. The exhibit on saddles and tack is adjacent to the stable and you get a chance to watch the work going on in the stables. These young men take great pride in their responsibilities as soldiers and keepers of these fine horses. The exhibits were extraordinary and well... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

This is not a big Museum and you can be around it in an hour but it is a very interesting and informative collection of exhibits that document and explain the history of, and life in, The Household Cavalry. If you visit, as we did, immediately after the 4pm Horse guards inspection (in Horse guards parade) you can see the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

This is a small but well thought out and fantastically presented museum covering the history and current mission of the Household Cavalry. With up to date museum exhibits and the opportunity to try on replica kit and see the horses in the stables at Horse Guards this is a great opportunity for families.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

From J Boy of Derby An interesting small museum in the Horseguards showing the history of the household cavalry at home protecting the Queen and overseas in many famous battles. A good idea is to arrive early to watch the changing of the guards and then wander through the museum. Plenty of costumes to view and try on in some... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

historic british tourist attraction with wonderful statues and buildings! The horses were beautiful and a must to see when in London

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

A new museum opened by Queen Elizabeth in 2007, it is dedicated to the Queens cavalry that protects her as well as is deployed overseas in combat. The history and pageantry is well described. You can look into the stables where the horses are stabled and see their care. The museum is small and an in depth walk through will... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

I heard this was a more traditional and non tourist oriented cerimony. But i found it a bit odd actually. It was very fast and lacked any kind of action. Horses are vey beautiful though.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

this museum is in the Household Cavalry barracks. There are normally one or two mounted guards on duty at the entrance to barracks. There are signs warning that the horses may kick or bite but this doesn’t deter people posing next to the horses. There is an entrance fee which gets you an audio guide. The museum has photos, uniformed... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

We kind of stumbled across this museum and decided to go in since it was included with our london pass. We didn't know much at all about the household cavalry so it was really interesting. The museum itself is quite small but definitely worth visiting. There is a window into the stables where the actual horses are cared for which... More 

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