The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace
What you'll do
Explore some of London's best art exhibitions from the Royal Collection in The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace.
Enjoy access to The Queen’s Gallery with The London Pass®
- Pay nothing at the door – simply show your pass
- Explore the current exhibition from the Royal Collection
- Experience incredible pieces of art
The Royal Collection holds a glittering array of priceless treasures held in trust for the Nation by His Majesty The King. The Queen’s Gallery is a popular site for visitors who want to immerse themselves in exquisite artwork and interesting exhibitions.
History of The Queen’s Gallery
The Queen’s Gallery is located next to Buckingham Palace, on the site of what was once a private chapel for Queen Victoria. The chapel was destroyed in an air raid in 1940, and at the suggestion of Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh, it was developed as an art gallery for the Royal Collection in 1962. It was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in May 2002 as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations.
Queen's Gallery London- A Cozy Spot for Art Lovers
The Queen's Gallery in London is a lot like your artsy mate's snug living room, only much grander and sprinkled with a touch of royal elegance. Tucked away near Buckingham Palace, this welcoming space draws you in with its inviting atmosphere, making you want to linger and explore. Forget stuffy, sterile museums; here you're warmly encouraged to step right up to the mesmerizing paintings, intricate sculptures, and exquisitely detailed decorative arts. The cherry on top? The gallery never gets stale, as they're always mixing up their exhibitions. Each time you pop by, it's like walking into a whole new treasure trove of art.
Holbein at the Tudor Court
Running from 10 November 2023 to 14 April 2024
A major exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery will bring together over 100 works from Henry VIII’s court, including drawings, paintings and miniatures by Hans Holbein the Younger drawn from the Royal Collection, one of the most important surviving groups of the artist’s work.
Hans Holbein was one of the most talented artists of the 16th century and rose to become the most important artist in Tudor England. From his arrival in England in search of work, he was chosen to paint the portraits of Henry VIII, his family and leading figures, including Anne Boleyn and Sir Thomas More. By his death, Holbein’s work was as admired by his contemporaries as it is today. His portraits inspired the next generation of artists in their depictions of Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I.
Celebrating Holbein’s artistic skill, the exhibition explores the career of the artist and the lives of those who commissioned portraits from him, bringing us face-to-face with some of the most famous people of 16th-century England.
Important Information to Know if Visiting the Queen's Gallery
- Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
- Opens at 10:00
- Last admission at 16:15
- Closes at 17:30
- Friday, 29th March 2024
- Note: Being part of a working royal palace means unexpected closures can occur.
Food and Drink
- No eating or drinking, except bottled water.
- No food or drink for sale on-site, but local cafés and restaurants are nearby.
- Essential to pre-book
- No coach parking nearby; set-down location advised upon booking confirmation.
** Always confirm all information, as they change when necessary.
Events at The Queen’s Gallery
Know before you go
Getting in: present your pass at the admissions desk, inside the main entrance. Once your pass has been validated, you will be issued a separate ticket before passing through airport-style security to the Gallery.
Please note: The Queen's Gallery operates on a pre-booked, timed ticketing basis. Go City customers are able to enter without having to book tickets in advance but are advised that admission is strictly subject to availability. You will be allocated the next available time-slot upon presentation of your pass at the admissions desk.
Eating and drinking aren't allowed inside The Queen's Gallery. However, you'll find plenty of cafés and restaurants nearby. The Queen's Gallery three large exhibition rooms and a number of smaller spaces that are fully accessible - download the floorplan here. For detailed access information and access events, please check the official site.
Where you'll be
Buckingham Palace Road, London, GB
Thursday to Monday: 10AM to 5.30PM (last admission 4.15PM)
For the most up-to-date information, please visit the Queen's Gallery site.
Closings & holidays
Tuesdays and Wednesdays
25 December annually
14 March 2024 - last admission 2:45PM (gallery closes 4PM)
15 April - 16 May 2024
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