Hounslow Barracks, originally one of 40 such barracks built around London to guard against possible invasion by France in the late 18th/ early 19th centuries, is now home for the line infantry battalion that is posted for public duties in London (providig the Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace and at HM Tower of London): these include the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and the Welsh Guards. The army has been associated with Hounslow for over 800 years, and Cavalry Barracks is the oldest Barracks still in use by the British army- many of the buildings within the camp are listed. The London Underground was initially extended out to Hounslow West tube station in order to service these barracks, the station originally being called Hounslow Barracks.
Hounslow is located 2 miles from the M4, 5 miles from the M25 and is close to Heathrow airport. Central London is a 40 minute tube ride away. Hounslow itself is a vibrant multicultural borough in West London where there are over a 140 different languages spoken.
The facilities provided within the Barracks include, a Gym, various sports and recreational activities and an interactive learning centre which is accessible to serving personnel, and dependants. A HIVE information centre, and a Community development worker are available within the barracks.
The information on this site has been compiled from various sources accessible on the internet: acknowledgements are due to MOD Website, Army website, HIVE website, &Wikipedia. The site is intended to be an impartial and useful source of information about the Forces Base and surrounding area for members of HM Armed Forces, their families and civilians working on the Base. There should be nothing of a sensitive nature as everything here is readily available on the internet. If you spot anything that is out of date or just plain wrong, please contact us.