Royal Mews

Royal Mews
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Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria SW1W 1QH

Opening times and price

Opening hours:
10 AM to 4 PM (Mon-Sat, Feb-Mar, Nov); 10 AM to 5 PM (Mon-Sun, Apr-Oct); Closed (Jan-Dec); Last entry 45 mins before closing
Ticket cost:
Adults £12.00; Children £6.80 (5-16); Infants free entry (under-5); Family ticket £30.80
Visiting hours and entry charges are subject to change
Time required:
A typical visit to Royal Mews lasts 1 hour (approx)

Getting to Royal Mews

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Good for kids? Value for money? Worth a visit?

The Royal Mews are the working stables of Buckingham Palace. Around thirty different horses are stabled at any one time, mainly of the Cleveland Bays breed. There are also a few Windsor Greys, who by tradition pull the Queen’s carriage.

Also on display are the Royal Family’s State coaches. Pride of place goes to the Gold State Coach – built for George III in 1762 and covered in 22-carat gold leaf. It is has been used at every coronation for 300 years.

A team of eight horses is needed to pull its colossal weight – more than 4 tonnes – and riders report that it is a most uncomfortable journey!

Other famous carriages include the Irish State Coach (so-called because it was made in Dublin for Queen Victoria), which can be seen at the Opening of Parliament, and the Glass State Coach, bought by George V for use at royal weddings.

History of the Royal Mews

The Royal Mews were originally located on a site near Charing Cross, but when the National Gallery took over the space John Nash built a new venue closer to the Palace.

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> Craig’s review of Royal Mews – “You really have to be a fan of the Royals to like the Royal Mews. Either that or you need to love horses, because there's not a lot to see inside. I'm a bit of a Royal nut, but even I would skip this one. All you can really see of the architecture is a quadrangle that doubles up as a staff car park. Presumably they exercise the horses in it, but every time I've been… continued”

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