- Explore the collection on permanent display at the Household Cavalry Museum and have fun with the interactive activities stationed throughout the exhibitions.
- Enjoy the temporary exhibitions for a fresh perspective on the history and themes displayed in the museum.
- Children will love seeing the working horses in action in the stables.
- Don’t miss the fun family activities organised throughout the year that bring young children right into the world of Her Majesty’s Cavalry.
One of the most iconic tourist features of London is Buckingham Palace and the Queen’s Guard. People from all over the world come to visit to see if they can get the soldiers to crack a smile, but have you ever wondered about the other aspects of their job? The Household Cavalry Museum can answer all your questions. This military museum is filled with rich history, cultural significance and is still used today by the guards. A visit will reveal a lot of local history and secrets behind the stern exterior of the guards. The interactive exhibits along with the stables and real life soldiers working across the grounds will delight all visitors.
Dating back to the 1750s, the Household Cavalry Museum is a piece of living history. The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment was established in 1795 for a number of soldiers to line the outskirts of Buckingham Palace and be ready to respond to an emergency situation. That tradition still stands today, however now the major role of the Household Cavalry is to carry out ceremonial duties as well as being bodyguard to Buckingham Palace. The building of the museum still serves as the headquarters for the mounted guards to this day. Visitors can get a taste of what life is like for the soldiers in the present day as well as learning about all the events that led up to this point. If you’re lucky, you might even catch the change of the guards during your visit.
The Household Cavalry Museum is small but mighty, with one walk through area for visitors to explore. The permanent exhibition features artefacts from the collection like records, diaries, old uniforms and more. It is an extremely interesting display that will interest those who like history and are fans of the Royal Family. Children will love the chance to dress up like a cavalryman with the fun interactive exhibitions. It is not only educational but it makes for a great photo opportunity too. The friendly staff and volunteers are always on hand to answer any questions you may have about the exhibition and life in the Cavalry in general.
Another highlight that particularly appeals to children is the working stables. Here visitors can get an insight into the care that goes on behind the scenes to keep the horses happy and healthy. As stated before, this museum is still a working facility so there is often training, grooming and feeding going on. The history of the horseriding traditions of this regiment is just as delightful to learn about as it is to see the horses prancing around in the courtyard.
Keep an eye out for the fun family events that take place at the museum throughout the year. Every weekend there’s an arts and crafts workshop for young children so they can learn about history and have something to take home. There is also the Mini Trooper sessions for children under five, which introduces them to the cavalry in a fun and accessible way. There is always something exciting going on here that all members of the family can enjoy.
What to know before you go
- The Household Cavalry Museum is open every day from 10am - 5pm.
- There are no food vendors on site, however there are plenty of cafes and restaurants open within the area of the museum.
- There is a gift shop located on site where visitors can pick up some unique souvenirs.
- There are toilets, including wheelchair-accessible toilets, and baby changing areas on site.
- The Household Cavalry Museum is fully accessible for wheelchair users. Please note that there is a lot of cobblestone flooring which be harder to navigate.
- The Household Cavalry Museum is located at the Horse Guards Parade, just off Whitehall.
- The closest stations to the museum are Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern lines and National Rail services), Embankment (Bakerloo, Circle, District and Northern lines) and Westminster (Circle, District and Jubilee lines).
- The following bus routes all have stops a short walk away from the museum; 14, 33, 87, 91, 159, 337 and 765.
- There is no designated car park at the Household Cavalry Museum, visitors are requested to find parking in the streets nearby which can be difficult as it is a busy area.