Visiting with children: the Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace

Children trying on pieces for the Royal Mews handling collection

The Royal Mews offers a great day out for children.  Here are some ideas to help you plan your visit.

Things to do during your visit

Take the free family audio tour
Explore a very special corner of London, a place of tradition and history, with your guide Alex. Alex has been brought up at the Mews and can’t wait to tell you all about it. Find out what it’s like to drive a Rolls Royce car, train the magnificent horses and ride on a fairy-tale carriage through packed streets of cheering crowds.
(Aimed at children aged 7-11 years)

Join a guided tour
Tours run at regular intervals throughout the day from March to October.

Relax and have fun in the Learning Room
Open at weekends and during school holidays for self-directed art activities, including Dressing the Coachman and Design your own Carriage.

Join our holiday activities
Please check the What’s On calendar for details.

The top five things to look out for

The Gold State Coach
This is the largest and most beautifully decorated carriage in the Royal Mews. It has been used at every coronation since that of George IV in 1821.

The miniature carriages
These tiny carriages were designed to be pulled by ponies, goats, sheep, heifers or dogs. Don’t miss the Donkey Barouche, a Christmas present for Queen Victoria’s children in 1846.

The horses
There are two types of horse at the Royal Mews – the brown Cleveland Bays and the white Windsor Greys. All the horses are named by The Queen. Look out for their name plates on your visit.

The sleigh
Decorated with bells, ribbons and tinsel, this unusual carriage is driven by Father Christmas when he visits the children who live at the Royal Mews.

The Rolls Royce Phantom VI
Used by Catherine Middleton to travel to Westminster Abbey, with her father Michael, on her wedding day.

Practical information

  • Lavatories and baby-care facilities are at the end of the visitor route.
  • Bottled water can be purchased from the Royal Mews Shop. There are a number of cafés and restaurants nearby on Buckingham Palace Road.
  • The Royal Mews Shop has a number of items priced between £1 and £5. There is a wide range of interesting gifts for children.
  • At the end of your visit, don’t forget to ask a Warden to stamp your ticket and convert it into a 1-Year Pass. Then visit us again.

Things to-do at home

For activities and colouring sheets to enjoy at home see the top right-hand corner of this page.

Stay in touch

To keep up to date with our programme of family activities, please join our family mailing list.
E-mail familylearning@royalcollection.org.uk
Telephone 020 7766 7302