Buckingham Palace & A Visit To The Royal Mews

Going to Buckingham Palace is probably on every travel itinerary for tourists who are visiting London, especially for the first time.  The Royal Mews is just next door but is probably a less visited attraction, which I think is a real shame.  During our weekend at Hilton London Canary Wharf I really wanted to show the girls where the Queen lived.  Buckingham Palace is an incredibly British institution, and I wanted to introduce the girls to one of the most iconic symbols of our interesting heritage.

Buckingham Palace including gates and visiting tourists

Going to the Royal Mews was a definitely about a trip down memory lane for me.  I can remember visiting the Royal Mews when I was a child and being absolutely awestruck when I saw the Golden State Coach and the other Royal carriages in this working stables.

Buckingham Palace

When we arrived at Buckingham Palace, my little princess was bubbling with excitement.  Her little sister on the other had decided this was an appropriate time to take a nap and missed her date with the Queen.  I guess sleep is just more important sometimes.  While she grabbed 40 winks in the pushchair, we all took a look around the gates and at the Queen Victoria Memorial.  The famous monarch presides over The Mall surrounded by some equally impressive symbolic statues which are well worth a visit.

The Queen Victoria Memorial

Conscious that our young explorers would soon be hungry we stopped at a cafe between Buckingham Palace and the entrance to the Royal Mews.  It served Italian food and classic British dishes like egg and chips.  I wish I had made a note of the name as it transpires there are a lot of Italian inspired cafe’s near to Buckingham Palace!

The Royal Mews

With all the kids awake and fed we headed to the Royal Mews. We picked up our free family audio tour and headed through the stables.  Princess loves audio tours and when she heard that the horses went to school she couldn’t quite grasp it.  She struggled to see how horses might sit at desks all day which led to a enlightening conversation about what a riding school was.

White horse

The first inhabitants of the Royal Mews that we met were a couple of the Royal horses.  They are such splendid creatures and the fact that they are completely white makes them seem very majestic, especially when you are a child.  We left the horses and went to see some of the carriages that they pull on Royal engagements.  The audio tour provides some history to each carriage and there are also some videos of them in action as well.

Royal Coach

After we had seen the Royal coach collection including the Diamond Jubilee State Coach we went inside to where the Golden State Coach is kept when she is off duty.  It really is quite a magnificent carriage, but it’s size and design doesn’t lend itself to a particularly comfortable ride.  Because of this the Golden State Coach is only used for very important Royal occasions like weddings and coronations.

Diamond Jubilee State Coach

The Golden State Coach is presented as if it were in use with replica horses and footmen.  It is quite stunning to see with all it’s gold gilding and ornate features.  It was as impressive as I remember it being when I was a child, and we all enjoyed the experience, especially the children.  The carriages wowed the girls a lot, and the visit was just the right length of time for them to enjoy it.  We spent about an hour in the Royal Mews and around half an hour at Buckingham Palace before hand.

Golden State Coach

Being from the UK, the main thing I took from our visit to Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews was that there are some incredibly historic and important aspects to British culture that we should be able to feel proud of.  Being reminded of this in the light of some of the things I’m not quite so proud of, i.e. Brexit, was an important part of our visit.

Golden State Coach

Whether you are visiting the UK from overseas or you live in the UK I would recommend a visit to Buckingham Palace including the Royal Mews, especially if you enjoy horses, history and all things Royal.

We were invited to the Royal Mews in exchange for this post but all thoughts and opinions are our own. 


Zena is a 40ish year old Mum with 3 kids who is keen to pursue her passion for travel despite being a busy parent. She’s also partial to coffee and chocolate.


  1. May 15, 2017 / 4:26 pm

    Looks like a great time was had. I’ve not been there since I was at middle school over 20 years ago! I really should go back!

  2. May 15, 2017 / 5:36 pm

    Aww, the carriage looks amazing. I want to visit Buckingham and the Royal Mews. I’ve been to the The Household Cavalry Museum last year and we had a wonderful time. Lovely review. x
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  3. MARGARET gallagher
    May 15, 2017 / 7:00 pm

    I’ve been to Buckingham palace but never visited the mews!!!! I’ll have to see this next time

  4. May 15, 2017 / 10:53 pm

    It’s weird because even though I love history I have never been to Buckingham palace before! The Golden State Carriage is beautiful xx
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  5. Leila Benhamida
    May 16, 2017 / 11:46 am

    Fantastic day to spend with the family and quite memorable. I visited a couple of times.

  6. Diane Wareing
    May 16, 2017 / 10:33 pm

    Super pics. Those coaches are spectacular.

  7. May 17, 2017 / 5:03 pm

    We’ve never been to the Royal Mews as a family but I’m sure I’d love to go and see the majestic horses and carriages! They are very impressive x

  8. May 19, 2017 / 7:29 am

    I’ve never been to the Royal Mews. In fact I didn’t even know it existed… I’ll have to plan a visit!

  9. Sarah Cooper
    May 21, 2017 / 10:33 am

    This looks so interesting. Would love to visit – it looks enchanting.

  10. Rachel Butler
    May 21, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    Wow! This looks so incredible! I have never visited London properly , except for travelling through. It’s definitely on my to do list xo

  11. May 23, 2017 / 11:38 am

    No visit to London is complete without a trip to Buckingham palace!
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  12. Kayleigh Watkins
    July 21, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    Oh wow, looks like a fantastic day out, we have never been here but it looks her interesting xxx

  13. rebecca greenhorn
    August 8, 2017 / 7:06 am

    aww this looks like a great day out for all the family

  14. Sandra Bald
    January 22, 2018 / 1:11 pm

    We don’t live that far outside London & I’ve never been to the Royal Mews.
    I enjoy horses, history & all things Royal, so it sounds like the ideal place to go next time I’m in London

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