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The Household Cavalry Museum

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Trooping The Colour, London

Trooping The Colour

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Household Cavalry Museum, London

Household Cavalry Museum Entrance

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About The Household Cavalry Museum:

The Household Cavalry Museum opened in 2007 at the headquarters of the Queen's Life Guard. The Household Cavalry Museum offers you a unique "behind-the-scenes" look at the work that goes into the ceremonial duties and operational role of the Household Cavalry Regiments.

As the Household Cavalry has protected royalty for centuries they have amassed a collection of rare of treasures, and there is a story behind each exhibit.

Visitors can also tour the stables as all the horses here have daily duties and undergo rigorous training, along with their riders.

See photos of the Household Cavalry at Hyde Park Corner.

Address:

The Household Cavalry Museum
Horse Guards
Whitehall
London
SW1A 2AX

Nearest Tube Stations:

  • Charing Cross
  • Westminster
  • Embankment

When is the Changing of the Guard?:

Find out When is the Changing of the Guard? at Horse Guards Parade and Buckingham Palace.

Telephone Number:

020 7930 3070

Email

museum@householdcavalry.co.uk

Opening Times:

Open daily: 10am – 6pm
(Last admission 4.45pm)
Closed: 25-26 December and Good Friday

Tickets:

Book advance tickets online.
Telephone booking: 020 7766 7330

You can book Household Cavalry Museum tickets through Viator.

Official Museum Website: www.householdcavalrymuseum.org.uk

Household Division:

To help you understand the military groups here, the Household Division is made up of seven regiments. The Life Guards and the Blues and Royals are the Cavalry and are covered here at the Household Cavalry Museum; there are also five Foot Guard regiments and they are dealt with at the Guards Museum, nearby.

Household Cavalry Museum Review:

Horse Guards is one of London's most historic buildings so it's a real treat to go inside. It was designed to house soldiers and horses and is still used for these purposes. The arch formed by the building is the official entrance to the royal residences and is still guarded by two sentries on horses and two sentries on foot. It's a classic London photo opportunity to have your photo taken with one of them. (Always say thank you, as these gentlemen are working.)

When you enter the museum there is some of the original floor which is cobbled stone. It's great to see this but obviously it's uneven so do take care.

After the introductory area you enter the stables. What is fun about this is it's actually part of the working stables so you can watch, through a glass wall, real horses being cared for. All from the safety of the museum. There are steps for younger visitors and this with a hit was the children I visited with. Also in the stables you can try on uniforms which is fun for all ages.

After the stables is a large room of exhibits, which has smooth flooring and is bright and modern. The exhibits help you learn more about these Queen's bodyguards.

Top Tip: You can see the Changing of the Guard at 11am on Horse Guards Parade, which is right outside the museum entrance, or the Four O'Clock Parade at, yes, 4pm.

Other unusual findings in the area include the London Nose, the World's Smallest Police Station, plus a popular Harry Potter Film Location in London.

 

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