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The Household Cavalry Museum

#204 of 1,530 things to do in London
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Address: Horse Guards, London SW1A 2AX, England
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+44 20 7930 3070
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

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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Worth it if you like history

The museum it's self is quite small, however with the audio video guide we spent almost two hours here. Beautiful and interesting exhibits and informative funny and sometimes... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The museum displays and audio visuals were great and very informative. If you time it right you get to watch the horses being prepared for the 11am interchange on the adjacent parade ground. This "changing of the guard" takes place in two halves, at 11ish and about half an hour later - with half the guard remaining mounted to attention... More 

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Bedford, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's true this is a small museum, but it does tell the history of the Horseguards. They have live guards outside the museum and doing changing of the guard often. I would recommend getting the audio guide for the museum. It really adds to your visit and takes you through the different displays and explains what the different items are... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The museum it's self is quite small, however with the audio video guide we spent almost two hours here. Beautiful and interesting exhibits and informative funny and sometimes heart wrenching stories told by and about the household guard. Interactive exhibits available but unless children are happy with audio guides and history, you might be best of leaving them behind for... More 

Thank Emily Julie S
Lancashire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have never been here previously but would certainly go again. The history in the museum is amazing and it makes me very proud to be British. Speaking to visitors from overseas, they couldn't speak highly enough of the place and said it would be a place they would certainly remember. That goes for me also and the staff were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Small museum but very educational , horses cant be viewed very easily through the screens that is my only criticism . I am a horsey person so really wanted a clear view of the horses. Saw changing of the guard and also the inspection at 4pm. Was one of my highlights of London this year ( we come every Christmas... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

The Museum is a little gem just off Whitehall. If you're interested in military history it's a must see. And if you're not, there's a wonderful display of ceremonial kit which might interest you. The faint odour of horse manure wafting in the background creates special ambiance!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

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 25 November 2016 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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