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Children and families

The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace offers a great day out for children.  Here are some ideas to help you plan your visit.

Things to do with children

Family visit the Royal Mews

Family visit the Royal Mews ©

Take the free family multimedia tour

Explore a very special corner of London, a place of tradition and history, with your guide Alex. Alex has been brought up at the Mews and can’t wait to tell you all about it. Find out what it’s like to drive a Rolls Royce car, train the magnificent horses and ride on a fairy-tale carriage through packed streets of cheering crowds. The family multimedia tour features games, videos and facts aimed at children aged 7-11 years.

Take a family guided tour

Our interactive and engaging family tours are the perfect way for families of all ages to explore the Royal Mews. During the summer months, on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 and 13:30, find out what the life of a royal horse is like, discover the secrets of the carriages and learn how to decode the meanings of the decorations on the coaches.

Children tacking up wooden horse

Children with wooden horse ©

Pick up a Little Trekkers activity trail

The daily activities at this working stables makes the Royal Mews an exciting place for children of all ages to visit. The Little Trekkers activity trail for under 5s will help you discover some of the wonderful treasures at the Mews.


To help plan your visit make sure you read our practical information.

Try out a model carriage

Experience what it feels like to step into a royal carriage in the State Stables. Try out our model landau inspired by the Semi-State Landau, thought to be Queen Victoria's favourite carriage.

Replica Landau


Top things to look out for

The Gold State Coach

The Gold State Coach ©

1. The Gold State Coach

This is the largest and most beautifully decorated carriage in the Royal Mews. It has been used at every coronation since that of George IV in 1821.

2. The miniature carriages

These tiny carriages were designed to be pulled by ponies, goats, sheep or dogs. Don’t miss the Donkey Barouche, a Christmas present for Queen Victoria’s children in 1846

3. The horses

There are two types of horse at the Royal Mews – the brown Cleveland Bays and the white Windsor Greys. Look out for the horses' name plates on your visit!

4. The sleigh

Decorated with bells, ribbons and tinsel, this unusual carriage is driven by Father Christmas when he visits the children who live at the Royal Mews.

5. The Rolls Royce Phantom VI

Used by Catherine Middleton to travel to Westminster Abbey, with her father Michael, on her wedding day.

Explore the Royal Mews with our interactive map


What's on for children and families

At the end of your visit, don’t forget to ask a Warden to stamp your ticket and convert it into a 1-Year Pass to enjoy free re-admission for 12 months.