Follow in the footsteps of Winston Churchill, experience the trenches of the First World War, and step aboard the largest surviving example of Britain's 20th century naval power – whether you're fascinated by all things military or just curious to learn more.
Most military museums in London offer special exhibitions and some are free to enter! Take your pick of the top military museums listed below.
Churchill directed his troops during WWII from this warren of underground rooms, and the Cabinet War Rooms are almost exactly as they were in August 1945. Take a tour through the famous rooms, then pop next door to the Churchill Museum for a fully interactive showcase of the great man's life.Read More: Churchill War Rooms
Stroll on the deck of a ship that took part in the D-Day landings. That's just one of the delights of the legendary HMS Belfast, moored on the Thames near Tower Bridge. Explore the Captain's Bridge, engine rooms and sailors' mess, then experience what life was like for her 950 crew; an unmissable day out. HMS Belfast is currently closed. It is expected to reopen in summer 2021.Read More: HMS Belfast
The Household Cavalry Museum offers a behind-the-scenes look at the uniquely British blend of pageantry and pomp that is day-to-day life for the regiment who guard the Queen. You can see troopers working with horses in the original 18th century stables and try on real helmets and cuirasses.Read More: Household Cavalry Museum
Imperial War Museum Free
The newly refurbished Imperial War Museum tells the tales of those who lived, fought and died in conflicts from WWI to the present day. There's lots to see, from the horror of the trenches in the First World War Galleries to the hauntingly realistic Holocaust Exhibition.Read More: Imperial War Museum
Head to the National Maritime Museum to relive Britain's encounters on the high seas. See the jacket Nelson wore at Trafalgar, complete with the bullet-hole from that fatal shot; delve into the traditions of maritime London; and try your hand at being captain in the All Hands Gallery.Read More: National Maritime Museum
Find out more about the history of the armed forces at the National Army Museum. Embark on a journey through British history, from the British Civil Wars to the modern day, and see thousands of interesting objects and artefacts.Read More *: National Army Museum *
Navigate through the history of aviation, from the earliest balloon flight to the latest Eurofighter, at the Royal Air Force (RAF) Museum. Discover a stunning collection of more than 100 aircraft, plus the Aeronauts Interactive Centre, and Finest Hour, the awe-inspiring audio-visual presentation of the Battle of Britain.Read More: Royal Air Force Museum
From the origins of the Bearskins to the thinking behind modern uniforms, delve into the history of the five regiments of the Foot Guards at the Guards Museum: bodyguards to the Sovereign since Charles I. Plan your visit to see the Changing the Guard too for a full taste of London's pomp and ceremony. Under 16s go free.Read More: Guards Museum