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Things to do with children

Take the free family multimedia 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. The family multimedia tour features games, videos and facts aimed at children aged 7-11 years.

Pick up a Little Trekkers activity trail

The daily activities at this working stables makes the Royal Mews an exciting place for children of all ages to visit. The Little Trekkers activity trail for under 5s will help you discover some of the wonderful treasures at the Mews.

Learn how to harness a horse

Learn how to harness a horse ©

Join a guided tour

Guided tours run at regular intervals throughout the day from April to October. Special family tours take place Friday-Sunday at 13:30.

Relax and have fun in the Learning Room

The Learning Room is open at weekends and during school holidays for do-it-yourself art activities, including Dressing the Coachman and Design your own Carriage.

Practice harnessing a horse

Learn how to tack up a horse with our special interactive display for children.

Try on the costumes

Dress up as a footman in our specially created livery.

 

To help plan your visit make sure you read our practical information.

Try out a model carriage

Experience what it feels like to step into a royal carriage in the State Stables. Try out our model landau inspired by the Semi-State Landau, thought to be Queen Victoria's favourite carriage. Don't forget to share your photos with #SitInStyle

Try out the model landau carriage

Try out the model landau carriage ©

Top things to look out for

  1. 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.
  2. The miniature carriages - These tiny carriages were designed to be pulled by ponies, goats, sheep or dogs. Don’t miss the Donkey Barouche, a Christmas present for Queen Victoria’s children in 1846.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The Rolls Royce Phantom VI - Used by Catherine Middleton to travel to Westminster Abbey, with her father Michael, on her wedding day.

What's on for children and families

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 to enjoy free re-admission for 12 months.