- Cultural & historical sites
What you'll do
Visit the transport hub of Buckingham Palace at the Royal Mews. A bustling part of Britain’s Royal heritage in the heart of London. Discover the Royal working stable and British monarchy's grand collection of coaches and luxury cars.
Enjoy access to the Royal Mews with The London Pass®
- Pay nothing at the door – simply show your pass.
- See the Gold State Coach, the grandest coach at the Royal Mews, first-hand.
- Explore the home to historic royal carriages and one of the finest working stables in existence.
The Royal Mews is one of the finest working stables anywhere in the world and home to the royal collection of historic coaches and carriages, and the Windsor Greys and Cleveland Bays, the horses that pull the carriages. To this day, the stables are still responsible for all road travel arrangements for His Majesty The King and other members of the Royal Family.
History of the Royal Mews
The Royal Mews has been the location of the sovereign's road transport since 1760 when George III moved his carriage collection closer to his new home at Buckingham Palace. Since then, it has been updated by several monarchs in keeping with their changing transport needs.
Among the historic coaches and carriages on display are the spectacular Diamond Jubilee State Coach, and the Australian State Coach, which was given to Queen Elizabeth II as a gift from the Australian people. The most dazzling of all is the Gold State Coach, however, which has been used at every coronation since that of George IV in 1821, and which played a central role in the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022.
The Royal Mews highlights
- Marvel at the regal beauty of the Royal horses.
- See The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee coach and try out a royal carriage for yourself.
- Discover the livery worn by His Majesty the King’s coachmen and dress up in bespoke livery in the State Stables.
The Royal Mews facts
- The Windsor Grey horses, used to pull the royal carriages, are so-called because they were kept at Windsor during Queen Victoria’s reign.
- Cleveland Bays, another type of horse used to pull the carriages, are one of the oldest breeds of horses in the UK.
- The Royal stables were originally located in Charing Cross, where the National Gallery is today.
- Queen Victoria took full advantage of the ample space at the Royal Mews. She kept up to 200 horses there at one point and also set up a school for the children of its employees.
- The Gold State Coach weighs almost four tonnes and needs eight horses to draw it. It never moves faster than walking speed.
For more events, please visit the the Royal Mews website.
Know before you go
Present your pass at either of the ticket booths, located inside the main entrance on Buckingham Palace Road. Once your passes have been validated, you will be issued with a separate ticket, before passing through airport-style security to enter the inner courtyard.
The Royal Mews operates on a pre-booked, timed ticketing basis. London Pass 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.
As well as a complimentary multimedia guide for every visitor, the Royal Mews also offers regular guided tours where visitors can learn the history of the Mews and its association with the British monarchy. Eating and drinking aren't allowed inside. However, you'll find plenty of cafés and restaurants nearby. The Royal Mews is fully accessible. Most of the site is outside, with some cover.
For detailed access information and access events, please check the Royal Mews website.
Please note: to ensure the safety of its visitors and staff, Royal Mews are currently operating on a pre-booked, timed ticketing basis. London Pass customers are able to enter Royal Mews without having to book tickets in advance, but are advised that admission is strictly subject to availability. You will be allocated the next available timeslot upon presentation of your pass at the admissions desk. For more information, please visit their website.
Where you'll be
The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace, London, GB
Thursday - Monday: 10AM - 5PM
Last admission: 4PM
Closings & holidays
The Royal Mews will be completely closed to visitors until 29 February 2024.
14 March 2024: open, but last admission is 3pm and the Mews closes early at 4PM.
29 March 2024: closed
13 April 2024: open, but last admission is 3pm and the Mews closes early at 4PM.
1, 8 & 15 June 2024: closed
4 November – 31 December 2024: closed
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