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Household Cavalry Museum

  • Museums
  • Whitehall
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
Horse Guards Parade
Horse Guards Parade

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

This museum within the historic Horse Guards building affords a behind-the-scenes look at the work that goes into the ceremonial duties and operational role of the Household Cavalry regiments which make up the Queen's official guards. 

They tell their stories through video diaries at this small but entertaining museum, which also offers the chance to see the medals, uniforms and shiny cuirasses (breastplates) amassed over 350 years of serving the Royal family.

You can get a peek – and sniff – of the magnificent horses that parade just outside every day: the stables are separated from the main museum by no more than a screen of glass. One exhibit, created in response to visitor demands, is a video explaining where the horses come from, how they are chosen, why so many of them are black and how they are cared for and trained.

Other displays include a piece about the capture of the Eagle and Standard of the French 105th Regiment at the Battle of Waterloo, a scene showing troopers discovering an IED on patrol in Afghanistan and a display showing the up to date kit each trooper takes into battle, highlighting the dangers they face. 

Interactive touchscreen guides are included in the ticket price, and family events in the school holidays.


Horse Guards
Tube: Charing Cross/Westminster
Admission £8; £6 reductions; £20 family; free under-5s
Opening hours:
Open Apr-Oct 10am-6pm daily. Nov-Mar 10am-5pm daily
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