The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace

mewsThe Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace is one of the finest working stables in existence and provides a unique insight into the department of the Royal Household that provides transport by road for The Queen and other members of the Royal Family.

The Royal Mews houses the State vehicles, both horse-drawn carriages and motor cars, used for coronations, State Visits, royal weddings, the State Opening of Parliament and official engagements.  Visitors can see the Gold State Coach which was last used during The Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002 to carry Her Majesty and Prince Philip to the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral.

For most of the year the stables are home to the working horses that play an important role in The Queen’s official and ceremonial duties.  They are mainly Cleveland Bays, the only British breed of carriage horse, and the Windsor greys, which by tradition always draw the carriage in which The Queen is travelling. As they may be on duty, undergoing training or having a well-deserved rest away from London, the horses are not always on view.

The Robot suggests:

  • Seeing the Gold State Coach

Opening times:
28 March – 31 October
Open daily, except Friday – 11:00 – 16:00

1 August – 27 September
Open daily, 10:00 – 17:00

By train:
London Victoria

By underground:
Victoria, Green Park, and Hyde Park Corner

By bus:
11, 211, 239, C1 and C10 stop on Buckingham Palace Road


The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace, London, SW1W 1QH (Map)

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