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SCHOOL SESSION

Exploring the Royal Mews

Pupils visit the Gold State Coach at the Royal Mews
  • Next event: Thursday 13 Jun 2024
    Daily (Monday 4 Mar 2024 - Thursday 31 Oct 2024)
  • Key stage 1, Key stage 2
  • Art & Design, English, History
  • British values, Buckingham Palace, Kings and Queens, Materials and their uses, Symbolism, The Queen, Transport
  • The Royal Mews is one of the finest working stables in the world and home to many of the men and women who work here as grooms, coachmen and carriage restorers. 

    Session Learning Objectives:

    • Explore the traditional and historical significance of State ceremonies and processions
    • Discover how the Royal Mews staff support the monarchy in the role as Head of State
    • Find out how different carriages are used for important State events
       

    In this session children will:

    • Take part in an interactive tour the coaches and stables at the Mews
    • Handle objects and garments linked to the horses, carriages and staff roles
    • Role play through dressing up and using related props

    Session times: 10:30 or 12:30

    Duration: 75 minutes

    Available on:

    • Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays - 4 March-31 October 2024

    For further information regarding the additional safety measures in place at our sites, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

  • Our learning programmes are designed to be accessible to all pupils.  Most of our sessions can be adapted to meet any educational or access needs your group may have.  Please ask for details when booking.

    You may find the information for visitors on the Autism spectrum helpful when planning your visit to The Royal Mews.

  • Pre-booked school groups to The Royal Mews will have use of the facilities in the Learning Room, which is within the Royal Mews precinct.  This is your base for the duration of your visit to the mews.  Facilities include a space to eat packed lunches and a safe place to leave coats and bags.

    If lunch spaces are unavailable, Green Park and St James’s Park are located nearby. Lunch room facilities are available at the nearby Girl Guiding UK ICANDO Centre on Buckingham Palace Road. For bookings please telephone 020 7592 1818.

  • To find out more or to make a booking contact the Learning Bookings team.

    Please have to hand:

    • Preferred date and possible alternatives, plus time of arrival
    • Numbers of children and supervising adults
    • The taught programme you would like
    • Details of any special educational or access needs

    Please use the downloadable Bookings Forms to send your details to the Learning Bookings Team.

    You will then be sent a reservation letter, together with your teachers’ resource pack, giving a date by which full payment must be received to secure the booking.

    Please note: you may be asked to cover the cost of the session if you cancel within short notice of your visit.  Non-booked schools will be charged at standard group admission rates.  Please see our Terms of Application for Learning Group Admissions.

    Contact us

    Learning Bookings Team
    Ticket Sales and Information Office
    Buckingham Palace
    London SW1A 1AA

    T. (+44) (0)303 123 7323
    F. (+44) (0)20 7930 9625
    [email protected]

    Sharing Learning Objectives

    You will find our learning objectives for each taught session on the relevant programme information page.  Sending us your learning objectives prior to your visit will help us tailor the session to your group’s requirements.

    Planning Visits

    Once you have made your booking, we offer two complimentary tickets for you and a colleague to conduct a planning visit.  If you would like to meet a member of the Learning team during this visit, please let us know at the time of booking.

    Teachers' Packs for each site can be downloaded here.

  • Reduced-rate admission for school groups

    Pre-booked school groups: £3.00 per pupil
    Children in Reception or below: FREE

    Accompanying adults
    One teacher or adult helper is admitted free of charge at the following ratios:

    Under 5s - 1 adult: 3 pupils
    Years 1 to 3 - 1 adult: 6 pupils
    Year 4 and above - 1 adult: 10 pupils

    Please ask for details of rates for additional adults when booking.

    All online workshops: £50 per class attending a booked session. 

     

  • Arrival

    Following your booking a confirmation letter, with an agreed arrival time, will be sent to you; your letter serves as a ticket for your group. The group leader must have a copy of the confirmation letter to present on arrival.

    Security Measures

    Royal Collection Trust sites have airport-style security measures at all public entry points, through which all visitors, including school groups, are required to enter.  All adults and children will be asked to:

    • Allow any bags to be searched by hand
    • Walk through a metal detector arch, one at a time
    • Switch off mobile phones

    The Royal Collection Trust Learning section asks that teachers undertake the following guidelines to make entry to Royal Collection Trust sites as smooth and quick as possible:

    • Please arrive at the Royal Collection Trust site at least 15 minutes before the scheduled time for the booked workshop
    • Teachers and children should not bring the following: scissors, compasses, metal cutlery, sharp metallic implements
    • Only bring what you need! The Royal Collection Trust Learning section will provide all necessary equipment such as clipboards, pencils and drawing materials (groups can bring their own sketchbooks if they prefer to use these)

The income from your ticket contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Royal Collection Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities.