Wellington Barracks
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Neighbourhood: Westminster
If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square, and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just up the road as well. As captivating as the architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.

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Anne P
4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
Was so looking forward to visiting this museum, but I have to say I was disappointed. Though I only paid for myself I would have paid more. They need to get into this century and give customers head phones and be allowed to take photos. Found that odd! So much to read and if your eyes are not good you have had it! The museum looks tired, needs a revamp and maybe they need to section it off into regiment's where they can! I would say you need about 1hr45mins.
The museum closes at 4, but the shop next Door was even more disappointing. It was 3:40 and the gentleman refused to let us in when it clearly states 4pm. So couldn't buy any souvenirs. I understand it's run by volunteers but even still.
I think you need to take a walk up to Horse Guards Parade and see how they do it.
Written 1 December 2019
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tracey k
Redmond, WA756 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Solo
Delighted to have observed the mustering and changing of guard work ups. The location of the barracks is excellent for enjoying St. James park across the street, or watching their ranks formation and inspection, catching some of the band action, then walking at speed to Buckingham Palace to catch horse guards action. The band played very crowd pleasing tunes from Indiana Jones and Star Wars on this day, a Monday. Plenty of observers, but still space for front row viewing, but I think crowd to watch here waaaay less than in front of Palace. All in all, lovely entertainment, and wandering through the park makes for a nice outing.
Written 30 September 2019
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D P
Winnipeg, Canada1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
Wellington Barracks on Birdcage Walk is the most rewarding place to watch the Guards & to be sure of getting a good view of the action. Get there at 11.00 am to see the inspection of the guards & the band playing, then forming up ready to march off to Buckingham Palace. Buckingham Palace is so crowded you are unlikely to see much unless you arrive very early.
Written 3 August 2019
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Kevin S
Pontypool, UK2,325 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
A couple of hundred yards from Buckingham Palace is where the Changing of the guard starts and ends.
Some cracking tunes being pumped out by the men in red.
Well worth a visit, view and listen.
Would recommend.
Written 28 June 2019
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frighthorse
London, UK265 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
I typically pass this when out on a run and occasionally am treated to seeing a helicopter landing, infantry practicing their drills and the marching band honing their performances. All that really needs to be said, is the soldiers that you see fully deserve every respect for the sacrifice they make for every citizen. It's easy to sling criticism and disdain their way, where really it lies with out-of-touch politicians, but ultimately, whether you favour the actions of an army or not, these are the brave individuals who protect our liberties and our freedom, regardless of how we feel about them and the wars they fight. If we were attacked tomorrow, it would be them on the front lines while we scurried for safety.
Written 31 May 2019
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R1103AZjohnc
Philadephia, United States29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018
Anyone visiting the Queen's Gallery, Royal Mews and gawking through the gates of Buckingham Palace should consider visiting the Guards Museum a short distance away.
Rich in history and well presented, it is a bijou museum you should not miss!
Written 8 January 2019
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jeff1955malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia6,164 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Friends
it is located next to the buckingham palace. it is off the side road. this is where the changing of the guards stay.
Written 22 October 2018
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Helder Comba
Lisbon, Portugal33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018
The Wellington Barracks is a good spot to escape from the crowd and see the guards before the changing of the guard.
Written 21 June 2018
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Howlo
Buckingham, UK9,640 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Friends
Wellington Barracks itself is the home of the Guards, not a lot to see all the time, but if they are preparing for an event you may be lucky to see them forming up - worth a look if in the area.
Written 27 May 2018
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whomewhy
Eastbourne, UK1,794 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Family
Went here to see the changing of the guard.

The actual barracks are a bit of a disappointment, they're kept clean and look ok but are nothing special.

When we were watching it all happen, got talking to other people and found out that the guards big black hats are made of fur from bears.

I was quite surprised to learn of this as both of the Princes, William and Harry have been on TV telling people to help wildlife and that we all need to become involved, so I wondered why the Queen hasn't changed what these hats are made from. Such a shame, made me feel very sad for all the poor bears.
Written 27 February 2018
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