The Royal Mews

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Andy99 Andy99
621 reviews
The Carriage House of Buckingham Palace Aug 03, 2017
The Royal Mews is the "carriage house" of Buckingham Palace. It is much larger than that, of course, as it is the location where the royal carriages and limousines are stored and maintained. The name derives from the coops for royal falcons.

The Royal Mews is open to the public with the carriages on display when they are not in use. The highlight is the amazing Gold State Coach of 1762. Entering the Royal Mews, the carriage horses can be seen in their stalls. The carriages are then on display along one side of the Mews. Each of them is in use on a regular basis for royal events. Many of them have been seen on television taking part at royal weddings and the like. Each of the carriages has extensive interpretive information describing its history and past occupants. Not all of the coaches are old. The Diamond Jubilee State Coach was built in 2010 and used by Queen Elizabeth II for the opening of Parliament in 2014. While it has a traditional appearance, it has an aluminum frame, electric windows and heading. Automobiles are also on display. The Queen's maroon Bentley was presented to her in 2002.

The Gold State Coach is in a separate display room. The extravagantly decorated gilded coach was delivered to George III in 1762. Weighing four tons, the coach has to be suspended on jacks when not in use. It is traditionally used by the monarch to travel the the opening of parliament. The coach is displayed with mannequin postillons and horses to show how it would be used.

A riding school is attached to the Royal Mews. A mounted police riding class was in progress when we visited. The Royal Mews.

It is a working site as well as a museum and attraction. The Royal Mews staff live on the premises. They can be seen coming and going from living quarters on the upper floor.

The Royal Mews are open year round Admission is £10.
Royal Mews: Gold State Coach (1762…
Gold State Coach procession.
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Royal Mews: Horse stalls.
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AdamR3723 says:
A good review.
Posted on: Oct 31, 2017
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Vikram Vikram
311 reviews
This is the real highlight of Buckingham Palace! Oct 27, 2012
I'm actually surprised I'd never visited this place before even after all these years! The one time I tried visiting it back in 2006, it was closed and since then I just kept dragging it forever. Well, time came a calling, and off I went in.

As you walk in, there's a security check and you get a free audio guide. It's at the very basic level, a place where the royal carriages are stored. So if royalty isn't your thing, I suggest you avoid this place altogether. But I was suitably impressed by the history of each of the carriages, particularly the one given to the Queen by Australia. I like how they keep reminding us that this place isn't just a museum, but a working place. Both by the hourses at the entrance as well as telling us time and again that the rooms on the 1st floor belong to people who are employed.

For me, the highlight was the last room with a golden carriage; the carriage has paintings, and just absolutely stunning.

I would suggest you earmark about 1 hour here (not more) to carefully see each of the exhibits as, trust me, they ARE stunning!
The painting on one of the carriag…
Model of the carriage
Model of the carriage and horses
close up of the model horse
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rsvpme says: usual stunning....I like the way you find the real places.
Posted on: Dec 22, 2012
sarahsan says:
Lovely review Vikram! Definitely a place to visit!
Posted on: Dec 22, 2012

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