Region: Greater London

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Horse Guards, Whitehall, , London SW1A 2AX

Contact: 0207 930 3070



At the Household Cavalry Museum you’ll discover the secrets and stories of the Queen’s Life Guard, who have guarded the Sovereign since the time of Charles II (over 350 years).

Watch the ceremony of the Changing of the Queen’s Life Guard – a tradition renowned all over the world.

Find out what happens at 4pm sharp each day and why.

How do the troopers make their boots so black and shiny?

Why do some troopers wear red tunics and others blue?

What made Queen Victoria not amused?

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

We are based in central Royal London at Horse Guards, Whitehall…an area rich in history with easy transport links. We meet  NC needs across a range of subjects and incorporate opportunities for large groups, small groups and individual work.

We encourage active participation in all aspects of the visit and give pupils plenty of opportunity to develop enquiry skills, whilst looking at a range of primary and secondary sources.

This is what people have said about us:-

It was lovely! with a fantastic range of activities to keep the students entertained.
Definitely a great activity for children with disabilities.

Thank you very, very much for a lovely time.
But don’t take our word for it…come and see for yourself. You will be sure of a warm welcome and a visit designed especially for the needs of your group

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

Arrive for your visit in time to collect your guide, who will explain what is happening while you watch the Changing of the Queen’s Life Guard at 11am  and then enter the Museum where your individual session will begin at 11.30 am.

Or book an afternoon session and finish in time to see the inspection parade at 4pm. Sessions, with a focus on speaking and listening, art, design and technology and history last for an hour but are tailored to your needs.

What size groups do they cater for?

Up to 30 maximum. Smaller groups are recommended for special needs pupils.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

Quizzes and Museum trails are available for all school ages. Worksheets can be provided on request.

Samples of worksheets provided on booking.

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

Photographs may be taken but no flash . There are no copyright restrictions.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

Risk assessment available on request. A complimentary visit is advisable and welcomed.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

Doreen Hewitt 020 7930 3070 /

What does it cost?

£4 per child (with accompanying adults free of charge).
Under 5 1 Adult to 2 Children/ 5-7 1 Adult to 5 Children / 7-10 1 Adult to 10 Children/ over 10
1 Adult to 15.

Entry fee includes touchscreen guide.

Is specific clothing required?

Sensible shoes due to 18th century cobblestone floor in part of Museum. Suitable outdoor clothing for weather conditions as part of the visit is likely to take place outside'.

Do you have first aid on site?

We can provide preliminary first aid but it is always advisable for schools to bring their own qualified first aider particularly with schools with special needs.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

Shop. Maximum  £5. We do not provide facilities for pupils to eat a packed lunch, but St James’s Park (good toilets), Green Park and Embankment Gardens are a short walk away.

Are there disabled facilities?

Suitable for disabled children and wheelchair friendly with a toilet for the disabled.
As a small Museum we can only accommodate a maximum of 4 wheelchairs at one time.
Please note that part of the Museum flooring is the original 18th century cobblestones so this can be awkward for those who find walking difficult.

What are your opening days and hours?

Open daily (except Good Friday and 24th-26th December) from 10am until 6pm (Nov – Mar 5pm).

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

Horse Guards Parade can be closed at short notice on the odd occasion due to a State Visit or rehearsals leading up to the Queen's Birthday Parade in June. In most instances the Museum will know in advance and inform intending groups if there is a problem, but it is still best to check with us a few days in advance.

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Equestrian Activities Historic Buildings Historical Heritage Museums SEN Storytelling

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Design and Technology Drama English History

Months Open: January February March April May June July August September October November December

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