At any time of day, you will struggle to find the front gates of Buckingham Palace empty of visitors. The exclusive building is adored by many, and while we cannot grant you access to Her Majesty’s thrones, visiting the Queen’s Gallery and the Royal Mews will get you close and will technically take you inside the grounds.
The Queen’s Gallery, though small, holds a great amount of history inside its walls. At the top of a split staircase, collect an audio guide and head through a small door in the corner.
The exhibition on display during our visit to the museum was The First Georgians. We explored works of art, letters, maps and military plans from the 1700s. Historical weapons, delicate porcelain crockery, impractical yet regal furniture all told the stories of life as a monarch during this era, along-side jewellery, personal artefacts, and Prince Frederick’s elaborate dining setting.
After delving deep into history, jump back in time and see how parts of the Palace are run today by visiting the Royal Mews. The working department of the Royal household lets you get a peek at the traditional coaches and cars that have been used for centuries to transport Monarch after Monarch.
You will learn about the combination of traditional techniques and new technologies that went into building the spectacular Diamond Jubilee State Coach, the rarity of 1949 Phantom IV Rolls Royce car, and how the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh name each of their horses personally.
The Mews not only houses cars, coaches, and prizes horses, but is also home to members of staff. Many of the staff have grown up in Buckingham Palace, or are one of many generations of families to have proudly worked for Her Majesty the Queen.
You can take a guided tour or use an audio guide, but be warned that, because the horses and cars are still used today, not everything on the audio guide may available during your visit to the Royal Mews. During the day, talks are held at the Queens Gallery and are included in your ticket entry.