Household Cavalry Museum

A living museum in the heart of London, the Household Cavalry Museum offers the visitor a chance to observe the everyday routines of the regiment that guards the Queen on ceremonial occasions, as well as viewing a display of uniforms and musical instruments.

To mark the 2012 Olympics the Household Cavalry Museum has an exhibition that celebrates the achievements of members of the regiment in their chosen sports. See the horses being groomed in the stables and listen to personal accounts of their rigorous training as an operational regiment they see active service around the world.

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Household Cavalry Museum - Standard Ticket

The Household Cavalry Museum is a living museum in the heart of Horse Guards, Whitehall, London. Unlike any other military museum it offers a unique “behind- the-scenes” look at the work that goes into the ceremonial and operational role of the Household Cavalry Regiment.

The Household Cavalry Museum is about real people doing a real job in a real place and the colourful 350 year old history of the British Army's two senior regiments. You can see troopers working with horses in the original 18th century stables and hear first hand accounts of their rigorous and demanding training. The experience comes alive with compelling personal stories, interactive displays and stunning rare objects – many on public display for the first time.

Historic setting:
The Household Cavalry Museum sits within Horse Guards in Whitehall, central London, one of the city’s most historic buildings. Dating from 1750, it is still the headquarters of the Household Division, in which the Household Cavalry has performed the Queen’s Life Guard in a daily ceremony that has remained broadly unchanged for over 350 years.

The Household Cavalry:
The Household Cavalry was formed in 1661 under the direct order of King Charles II and now consists of the two senior regiments of the British Army – The Life Guards and the Blues and Royals. We have two roles: as a mounted regiment (on horseback), we guard Her Majesty The Queen on ceremonial occasions in London and across the UK and are a key part of the Royal pageantry; as an operational regiment we serve around the world in armoured fighting vehicles. We currently have units deployed on active service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our fighting capacity is matched by our strategic role in international peace keeping and humanitarian operations.

Collections:
Over the centuries we have amassed an outstanding collection of rare and unique treasures from ceremonial uniforms, royal standards and gallantry awards to musical instruments, horse furniture and silverware by Fabergé. Each exhibit has its own compelling story to tell and many are on display for the very first time. You can see two silver kettledrums given to the regiment in 1831 by William IV; the pistol ball that wounded Sir Robert Hill at Waterloo and the cork leg which belonged to the first Marquess of Anglesy, who, as the Earl of Uxbridge, lost his real one at Waterloo. Modern additions to the collection include Jacky Charlton’s football cap – he did his national service with the regiment and Sefton’s bridle – the horse that was injured in the 1982 Hyde Park bombings. Much of the collection has resulted from the close association that has existed between the Household Cavalry and Royalty. We have, after all, protected successive kings and queens from rebels, rioters and assassins for nearly 350 years.

Working Stable Block:
Visitors can gain a unique behind-the-scenes look at our working stable block. All the horses here are on duty and at different times of the day you will see something going on - you might see the horses being brought in, groomed, fed and watered, their hooves oiled and shoes checked, their saddles adjusted ready to go on guard or just see the stables themselves being cleaned. Both our horses and riders go through a rigorous and demanding training. In the Museum's many interactive and multimedia presentations, you will hear first hand accounts of what this training is like and the techniques our soldiers use to master their horses and complete the gruelling preparations for regimental inspections.

Opening Times:

Mar - Sep:

10.00 - 18.00

Oct - Feb:

10.00 - 17.00

Closed:

24 - 25 Dec & Good Friday

 

Sunday April 13th Closed all day London Marathon

Friday April 18th Closed all day Good Friday

Monday May 19th 1pm - 6pm Queen’s Birthday Parade Rehearsal

Wednesday May 21st 1pm - 6pm Queen’s Birthday Parade Rehearsal

Thursday May 22nd 1pm - 6pm Household Cavalry Standards Parade 

Friday May 23rd 1pm - 6pm Queen’s Birthday Parade Rehearsal

Monday May 26th 1pm - 6pm Household Cavalry Standards Parade 

Tuesday May 27th 1pm - 6pm Queen’s Birthday Parade Rehearsal

Wednesday May 28th 2pm - 6pm Household Cavalry Standards Parade

Thursday May 29th 1pm - 6pm Queen’s Birthday Parade Rehearsal

Saturday May 31st 1pm - 6pm Major General’s Review

Monday June 2nd 1pm - 6pm Beating Retreat Rehearsal

Tuesday June 3rd 1pm - 4pm State Opening/Beating Retreat Rehearsal

Wednesday June 4th 10am - 4pm Beating Retreat Rehearsal

Saturday June 7th 1pm - 6pm Colonel’s Review

Monday June 9th 10 am - 1pm Beating Retreat Rehearsal

Wednesday June 11th 10am - 4pm Beating Retreat Security Sweep

Thursday June 12th 10am - 4pm Beating Retreat Security Sweep

Saturday June 14th 2pm - 6pm Queen’s Birthday Parade

Sunday July 20th Closed all day Anniversary Games

Wednesday September 10th Closed all day Horse Guards Parade Event

Saturday September 13th 10am - 3pm Horse Guards Parade Event

Sunday November 9th 1pm - 5pm Remembrance Sunday

Wednesday December 24th Closed all day Christmas Eve

Thursday December 25th Closed all day Christmas Day

Friday December 26th Closed all day Boxing Day

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