Household Cavalry Museum

Activity code: HCM

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Highlights

  • Hear first-hand stories and personal accounts 
  • View the horses in their living environment 
  • One of London's most historic buildings.
  • See the troopers working in the original 18th century stables
  • A great experience for kids young and old, as you try-on the uniforms
  • Interactive handheld guide available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Description

A visit to the museum will allow you to see the troopers tending to the horses in the working stables stalls, although it is a museum, their work continues today. You will be able to try on the offical uniforms of the Household Cavalry and the audio-visual and touch screen presentations will ensure that you have an interactive learning experience regarding all elements of working life for both troopers and horses 

Historic setting
Dating back to 1750, the Household Cavalry Museum sits within Horse Guards in Whitehall, central London, one of the city's most historic buildings, just along from Number 10 Downing Street (home to the United Kingdom's Prime Minister).  It is the headquarters of the Household Division, in which the Household Cavalry has performed the Queen's Life Guard in the daily ceremony that has been largely unchanged for over 350 years.

The Household Cavalry
Founded in 1661 under the direct order of King Charles II, the Household Cavalry consists of the two senior regiments of the British Army – The Life Guards and the Blues and Royals. There are two daily ceremonies; The Changing of the Queen's Life Guard takes place daily on Horse Guards Parade at 11am (10am on Sundays). Followed by the daily inspection, taking place at 4pm each day. 

A visit to the Household Cavalry museum is a unqiue experience as its very different from the standard museum visit. The museum is small but everything is laid-out in a practical fashion with the high-levels that you would expect from the British army, thus allowing you to experince the lives of the Household Division as they happen.  

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Additional Information

Please note:

  • Disabled Access: We are committed to ensuring the Household Cavalry Museum is accessible to all visitors. If you have any queries or need any assistance, please ask.
  • No animals, except guide dogs are allowed in the Museum.

Venue Information:
The Household Cavalry Museum, Horse Guards, Whitehall, London SW1A 2AX
Nearest Underground: Charing Cross, Westminster or Embankment 

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Schedule

Days of Operations: Wednesday to Sunday
The Museum is currently open with reduced hours: 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Normal Opening Hours

April to October: 10:00am - 6:00pm
November to March: 11:00am - 5:00pm

Last admission 45min before closing.

Planned Closures: 
Marathon Day, 
Easter Friday
Christmas Eve – Boxing Day