Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Heritage Open Day


Thanks for popping in.

I love Heritage Open Days, don't you?

The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst opens its barbed wire gates to the public just once a year in these security conscious times, after all this is the place where Prince Harry did his 44 week Officer Cadet Training Course in 2005 before joining the Blues and Royals and being commissioned as an Army Officer in 2006.  His Passing Out Parade was attended by The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Wiiliam and there is a great painting to mark the occasion in the Old College.

While, we're inside the Old College, which we've entered by the steps leading to the Grand Entrance, straight ahead is the Indian Army Memorial Room with a display of colourful stained glass windows.

Other rooms contain paintings and exhibits.

A couple of rooms were set out for a regimental dinner.

I expect you are wondering what the building looks like!

At the end of the Sovreign's Parade, the Adjutant rides up the steps and dismounts in the Grand Entrance. This tradition began in 1926 but nobody really knows why this was done.

Since 1947 when the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst opened following reorganisation of other Colleges, over 41,000 Officer Cadets and Student Officers have been trained, including those from 80 different overseas countries and it has a reputation worldwide for excellence.

Below are photos of the New College built between 1908 and 1911.

Outside the Grand Entrance of the Old College, an Arena was fenced off for various events which I'll tell you about another time.  The whole site is huge, with enormous water lily filled lakes, fields for polo and cricket matches, there was even an area devoted to stalls, food vendors and activities.   You could visit countless other buildings like the Chapel and Library, some of which could only be viewed from the outside. Lots and lots to see and steps to gather!

Until next time,



  1. I often visited Sandhurst with my parents as my grandmother's sister lived there. Sometimes we would take a walk in the area and end up visiting the chapel at the Royal Military Academy. I still keep in touch with one my great-aunt's sons who still lives in the family home as we exchange information on family history we've been researching. Thank you for the tour around the Academy from when you went there on Heritage Open Day. Impressive buildings and I like the painting, the stained glass windows and the general atmosphere of the place. I don't suppose you can wander around the grounds these days so it's good that there's an open day each year.

    1. It's a small world! You used to be able to cycle through the grounds to Camberley many years ago but that has stopped of course so you have to make the most of the open days.