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The Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace

Updated: November 10, 2023
 By Margaret

If you're interested in seeing the finest working stables used by the Royal Family in London, this post covers everything you need to know about visiting the Royal Mews.

In addition to details about ticket prices, we'll also cover opening hours, best times to visit, and what you can expect to see while you're here.

Royal Mews Admission Tickets

The Royal Mews is a group of working stables which is part of a working Royal Palace, housing the Royal Family’s horses and royal carriages.

On display in the Mews is an array of beautiful state coaches and carriages, some of which are still actively used by members of the Royal Family on special occasions.

Visitors can expect to see a royal collection of historic coaches that were previously used by figures as well-known and beloved as Queen Victoria, King George IV, Queen Elizabeth II, and even King George III.

Some coaches/carriages are still used for special events such as Coronations, State Visits, the State Opening of Parliament, Royal Weddings, and other important occasions.

Royal Mews Discounts

  • A Royal Mews tour is included for free with the London Pass.
  • Families (up to 2 adults and 4 children) can save up to £12 when booking directly through the Royal Collection Trust.
  • There is also a Royal Day Out combination ticket that includes the Queen's Gallery, the Royal Mews, and the State Rooms.
  • Disabled visitors are eligible for a discounted rate of £9.
  • Group rates apply when purchasing tickets for 15 or more people.
  • Each Royal Mews ticket is valid for 1-year as lond as you ask to make your ticket purchase a donation.

Royal Mews Opening Times

In 2023, the Mews are open from the 2nd of March until the 30th of October.

  • Open: Thursday - Monday | 10:00 am - 17:00 (5 pm)
  • Closed: Tuesday and Wednesday

NOTE: Since this attraction has separate tickets from the State Rooms and the Queen's Gallery, you can visit the Royal Mews even if you haven't paid for admission to other attractions on the grounds of Buckingham Palace.

How to Get Here

The Royal Mews are located just south of the Queen's Gallery and the State Rooms on Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W 0QH, United Kingdom.

There are a few different ways to get here, but the best options are via public transportation.

By Underground

You'll find the closest tube stop is Victoria Station, which is about a 10 minute walk from the Royal Mews. Although they're a bit further out, you might also consider hopping off the tube at Green Park, St. James' Park, or Hyde Park.

By Train

As with the tube, the closest stop is Victoria Station. The second closest station is Charing Cross, but that's a 20 minute walk away.

By Bus

Coach lines 11, 211, C1, and C10 stop on Buckingham Road, just down the street from the Royal Mews, and closer than any other public transportation.

Royal Mews Best Time to Visit

You’ll also want to consider either an early or a late trip to the Royal Mews.

This location gets pretty popular between 12 pm - 2 pm, so we recommend planning your visit for either morning or mid-afternoon.

Best Time to Visit the Royal Mews

If you plan on seeing both of these attractions, consider heading there at 3 pm and going to the Queen’s Gallery afterward at 4 pm.

Between April and October, guided tours are offered throughout the day.

Royal Mews Highlights

One of the best highlights from their carriage collection is the magnificent Gold State Coach built for George III in 1762. It is so heavy it takes eight horses to pull it.

The Gold State Coach has been the carriage of choice for every coronation since 1822, and it was also used for Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee.

They also have the Diamond Jubilee State Coach on display, which was built for her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee and used during the Coronation of King Charles III.

One of two 2012 Jaguar XJ Limousines on display at the Royal Mews. Image source: Wikimedua user ~Ealasaid~ under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.
One of two 2012 Jaguar XJ Limousines on display at the Royal Mews. Image source: Wikimedua user ~Ealasaid~ under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

You'll also have the opportunity to see the horses owned by the British Monarchy, including both the Windsor Greys who draw their carriages and Cleveland Bays used for ambassadors and other guests of importance.

If horses and carriages don’t do much for you, maybe the collection of road transport including Rolls Royce limousines, Bentleys and Jaguars will get your motor running!

Kids will enjoy the opportunity to get a picture atop a replica Semi-State Landau carriage or a Wooden Pony.

There's also a selection of specially-created Livery worn by the horses and their drivers while leading the carriage.

A visit includes a free 45-minute guided tour covering the history of the Mews, though you may spend more time in the Mews if you would like.

They also offer a complimentary multimedia guide as an alternative, and this multimedia tour is available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, and Brazilian Portuguese.

There are alternatives for hard of hearing visitors as well, and an audio-descriptive guide for the visually impaired.

Royal Mews Helpful Information

The Royal Mews is an active stable, not merely an exhibit. Security is quite strict – expect an “airport-style” screening. 

There is no cloakroom at the Mews. For more information on prohibited items, read our security section.

Food and drinks are not permitted. There is no food or drink available for purchase in the Mews though you can purchase water at the Mews gift shop.

Bathrooms/Toilets are available only at the end of the tour. There are also changing spaces and baby-care facilities for guests with young children.

TIP: A Royal Mews tour is included for free with the London Pass.

About The Author


An American simply by accident of birth, Margaret moved to London over 16 years ago and hasn’t looked back since! With a keen interest in History – and a BA degree to match – Margaret prides herself on her knowledge of the amazing city she calls home and she's been guiding here now for nearly a decade. Social history is her real expertise, with sound understanding of the day-to-day lives of Londoners over the past centuries.
Updated: November 10th, 2023
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