Visitor Information & Bookings

Whether you deserve a day out to yourself, a trip with friends or a family outing, the museum is always a great place to visit. Tickets make a brilliant gift too.

The Museum is situated in Horse Guards, the heart of ceremonial London, with access off Horse Guards Parade. It is within very easy walking distance of Trafalgar Square, Parliament Square and Downing Street, St James’s Park and Buckingham Palace and the Embankment piers. Public transport links are also excellent.

Getting there


The Household Cavalry Museum
Horse Guards
London SW1A 2AX

We’d also like to encourage visitors, where possible, to walk, cycle or drive in to visit. We recommend using the Transport For London (TFL) Journey Planner to plan your trip to the Museum.

By tube

The tube stations closest to the Museum are:

  • Charing Cross: 7 minute walk
  • Westminster: 5 minute walk
  • Embankment: 7 minute walk

Opening times

We are currently open 11am-4pm (last entry 3pm) Friday to Sunday.

Whilst we are subject to Government COVID restrictions please check our website welcome message (which will pop up automatically), Coronavirus page, and also our social media channels for opening time updates before visiting us. All visitors require a pre-booked ticket.

Visitors who can’t pre-book (London Pass/Go City, Art Fund etc.) will be assigned the first available entry timeslot wherever possible. Please always check our opening details before travelling.

As soon as we can we will re-open daily:

April to October

10am – 6pm

November to March

10am – 5pm

Last admission

45 minutes before closing.

Except the following days (when we are closed all day).

Marathon Day, Easter Friday, and Christmas Eve – Boxing Day


Children (aged 5-16) and Concessions£7.50
Family ticket (2 adults & 3 children)£25.00
Serving Household Cavalry personnel and accompanying familiesFree of charge
Veterans (all regiments, ranks and countries)Free of charge
Serving Military personnel: 50% discount on the front door£4.50

2021 Ceremonial Season security closures

Her Majesty The Queen’s annual Birthday Parade is currently due to take place on Saturday 12 June 2021 and in line with required security closures our normal 10am-6pm opening times will be affected on the following dates, timings to follow. Please note that last entry to the Museum is always 45 minutes before the doors close.

May 2021:

Thursday 6
Tuesday 11
Wednesday 12
Thursday 13
Monday 17
Wednesday 19
Friday 21
Thursday 27
Saturday 29
Monday 31

June 2021:

Tuesday 1
Wednesday 2
Thursday 3
Saturday 5
Monday 7
Tuesday 8
Wednesday 9
Thursday 10
Saturday 12

Additional information

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.

Touring the area

Combine a visit to the Museum with any of the following attractions close by.

The Banqueting House is directly opposite Horse Guards.

The Guards Museum, Churchill War Rooms, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Trafalgar Square, Downing Street, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, The Queen’s Gallery and The Royal Mews are a short walk away.

Audio-visual guides

Personal audio-visual guides are included in the admission price. Our brand new guide is now available in English, and by the end of 2021 will also be available in French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Daily Ceremony

The Changing of the Queen’s Life Guard takes place daily on Horse Guards Parade at 11am (10am Sundays). The Daily Inspection takes place at 4pm (Front Yard Whitehall).

Gift Shop

An impressive range of gifts and souvenirs is available from the Museum shop


No animals, except guide dogs are allowed in the Museum.

Third party vouchers

We’re thrilled whenever entry to the Museum has been gifted via a voucher, or sourced through a third party. When this is  the case you will need all parts of a valid voucher to gain entry: this means a voucher within its expiry date and with both voucher number and activation code (where appropriate) to hand. Thank you.

School parties

Please telephone for further details

Have you booked your Waterloo Walking Tour ticket yet? Details here.

We are open Fridays to Sundays (11am-4pm, last entry 3pm) with full Regimental public duties now back daily.
Pre-booking is required; please choose your arrival timeslot here.

For more information on Coronavirus health and safety and to see how you can SUPPORT the Museum please see here.

You can still enjoy our: Virtual Visit page, podcast, YouTube Channel, and Instagram posts any time.