The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace
Explore the world's most excellent working stable, and see what is takes to keep Britain's Royal Family on the move. See the state coach used for coronations for more than 200 years, along with various horse-drawn carriages and motor cars, used for coronations, state visits, royal weddings, the state opening of Parliament and official engagements. For most of the year, the stables are home to the working horses that play an essential role in The King's official and ceremonial duties.
- See the 200-year-old state coach used for Royal coronations
- Explore the working stables where the royal horses live
- Step into a Royal carriage for yourself!
The Royal Mews is one of the finest working stables anywhere in the world and home to the royal collection of historic coaches and carriages, and the Windsor Greys and Cleveland Bays, the horses that pull the carriages. To this day, the stables are still responsible for all road travel arrangements for His Majesty The King and other members of the Royal Family.
The Royal Mews has been the location of the sovereign’s road transport since 1760 when George III moved his carriage collection closer to his new home at Buckingham Palace – since then it has been updated by several monarchs in keeping with their changing transport needs.
Among the historic coaches and carriages on display are the spectacular Diamond Jubilee State Coach, and the Australian State Coach, which was given to Queen Elizabeth II as a gift from the Australian people, and even includes central heating!
The most dazzling of all is the Gold State Coach, which has been used at every coronation since that of George IV in 1821, and which played a starring role in the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022.
Families visiting the Royal Mews will love posing for a photo while sitting in a replica of Queen Victoria's Semi-State Landau carriage, dressing up as a footman in specially created livery, or even learning how to harness a horse!
As well as a complimentary multimedia guide for every visitor, the Royal Mews offers regular guided tours where visitors can learn the history of the Mews and its association with the British monarchy.
2 March - 30 October 2023
Thursday to Monday, 10:00 – 17:30 (last admission 16:00)
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
The Royal Mews is part of a working royal palace so sometimes additional closures can happen at short notice.
Images: Royal Collection Trust / © HM King Charles III 2023
Know before you go
Please present a printed version of this voucher upon arrival at the Royal Mews entrance. Valid only for the date and time shown.