The Fusilier Museum

The story of a British infantry regiment from its formation to the present day

The story of a British infantry regiment from its formation to the present day

When

Open daily


Ticketing information


Included in palace admission (members go free)

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Explore the museum's significant collection including 12 Victoria Cross Medals won by the Regiment, the uniform and bearskin of King George V (a former Colonel-in-Chief of the Regiment) and an Eagle Standard of the 82nd Regiment of the French Line captured by the Royal Fusiliers during the Napoleonic Wars.

Old Officer's quarters

The museum is housed in a building originally built as officers' quarters. The building still houses the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers' Regimental Headquarters and the Officers' Mess, which is used for formal dinners and ceremonial occasions.

Formation and combat

The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was formed on 20th June 1685, when King James II issued a Royal Warrant to raise an infantry force from the existing Tower of London Garrison. The first Commanding Officer was the Constable of the Tower. The Fusiliers' intended role was to guard the guns at the Tower of London. The force later fought in Belgium and Spain, and in the American War of Independence.

Moving away

The majority of the Royal Fusiliers moved to Hounslow in 1881 after being based at the Tower for nearly 200 years. Only a small number stayed. The regiment returned in 1949 for 11 years. During this time, single soldiers were barracked in the Waterloo Block while married men and their families lived in houses within the Tower.

After this, the Tower became the home of a Royal Fusilier TA Regiment and continues to be the Regimental Headquarters.

Today, garrison duties are undertaken by the Yeoman Warders and a rota made of three London District regiments.

The Fusilier Museum London
A Yeoman Warder stands outside the White Tower during a Twilight Tour or the Tower.
Tours and talks

Dare you visit the Tower at night and take one of our Twilight Tours? Discover secrets of the Tower's history with after-hours access.

Selected Sundays in November 2019 to April 2020

Tower of London

19:00

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

NEW The Glen at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, showing a stream running through a woody green area under a blue sky
Events Member only

Join us for a member-only guided tour through the Gardens at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

Wednesday 22 January 2020 and Saturday 22 February 2020

Hillsborough Castle

Wednesday 22 January at 13.30 and Saturday 22 February at 11.00

Free (advance booking required)

The backs of six soldiers from the Irish Guards are shown whilst walking.
Things to see

Marvel at the guards protecting the Crown Jewels.

Daily

Tower of London

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Beefeater teddy bear
This 'Beefeater' bear is splendidly dressed in a Yeoman Warder uniform, standing ready to guard the Tower of London.

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Our collection of Yeoman Warder gifts includes beautiful homewares, christmas tree decorations and gifts for children.

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Shop our products inspired by the almost 1000 years of history at the Tower of London.

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Selection of books

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Discover books inspired by the palaces in our care, learn about fascinating periods of British history, including our official palace guide books, children's books and more.

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