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The Palace Gardens are open from 9 July-19 September 2021.The State Rooms of Buckingham Palace are open at weekends for pre-booked tours only - please note these tickets have all sold out.

The Palace gardens are fully accessible, with hard gravel paths and lawn. There is a slight lip between the path and the lawn.

Access to the Palace gardens (and the Palace guided tours) from July is via the Royal Mews shop.

Stone walls with doorway at the side of the pavement


There is level access throughout with two slight ramps as you enter through the Riding School.

Brick paving and ramp downwards in the riding school


The route through the garden is free-flow, with clearly marked areas you can visit. Visitors can book an additional 30-minute tour through a second part of the garden. This route is also flat, but with limited seating.

If, during the Summer months you book the garden visit and Buckingham Palace guided tour then there are ten steps up from the West Terrace into the State Rooms. Alternatively, a golf buggy is available to transport visitors to the accessible entrance at the front of the Palace.

Steps on the West Terrace

Steps on the West Terrace ©

There are 47 steps on the Grand Staircase leading up to the State Rooms. A permanent handrail is available on both sides of the Staircase.

The Grand Staircase

The Grand Staircase ©

There are then 40 steps down the Silk Tapestry stairs at the end of the tour.

Three-flight staircase with wooden handrail


Paths and surfaces

The garden path is hard gravel.

The garden path.

The garden path. ©

Most rooms in the Palace are carpeted and some have polished wooden floors.

White and golden coloured richly furnished drawing room


Respite Seating

Bench seating is available in various locations throughout in the garden.

You are welcome to use walking sticks or folding stools with seat attachments, provided that they have rubber stoppers.

Seating is available in the Palace on request.

Assistance animals

Assistance animals are welcome and water is available on request.


A shop is available on Buckingham Palace Road, opposite the Royal Mews, it is accessible.

During the summer, there is a shop in the garden which is accessible via a ramp at both the entrance and exit. The shop flooring is lino.



There is an accessible toilet in the garden, accessible via a ramp, and a Changing Places available on request at the Royal Mews.

Garden, decking and temporary structure of the Garden shop


Parking and transport

Parking is not available.

More information on parking in Westminster

The nearest public parking, on-street bays, are on Palace Street.

The nearest public car parks are:

Q-Park Victoria, SW1P 2TX, which has 6 disabled bays – disabled parking is charged at the standard rate.

NCP Victoria, SW1W 9QL, which has 2 disabled bays – disabled parking is charged at the standard rate.

The nearest wheelchair accessible London Underground station is Green Park. Visitors leave the station and travel down through Green Park, before crossing the front of the Palace and turning right. The entrance to the Palace garden is 5 minutes down the road, in the direction of Victoria.

The following buses run close to the Palace and are accessible for wheelchair users: 11, 36, 211, C1 and C10.