From the legendary Changing of the Guards ceremony to the foot guards in their bearskin hats outside Buckingham Palace, London’s Royal Guards have become an iconic symbol of the city. The Guards Museum tells the story of Her Majesty’s guards – which include five regiments of Foot Guards and two Household Cavalry regiment – from the 17th century the present day, as well as displaying a fascinating collection of military artifacts.
Visitors can admire historic uniforms, headdresses, ceremonial dress, and weapons; get an insight into the life and training of a Royal Guard; learn more about England’s military history and the role of the guards; and even try on one of the guard’s famous bearskin hats.
The Guards Museum is located on Wellington Barracks in central London, just a short walk from Buckingham Palace. The museum is open daily from 10am to 4pm, and adult admission is £6. Entrance is free with the London Pass.