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Royal Attractions Open to Visitors

Buckingham Palace's East Wing will be open to visitors for the first time this summer, while The Royal Mews is now open for 2024.

Centre Room. Photo: Peter Smith

East Wing of Buckingham Palace Opens for the First Time

This grand section of the palace will be open to visitors for the first time this summer, when special guided tours of the Principal Floor will be available to visitors in July and August.

The East Wing encompasses the front façade of the historic building and features the famous central balcony, where the Monarch and members of the Royal Family have gathered for public appearances during special occasions or historic moments since 1851. Access has been made possible due to the conclusion of more than five years of improvement works.

Guided Tours

Led by expert guides, small groups will be able to tour spectacular rooms on the Principal Floor, furnished with highlights from the Royal Collection. Visitors will discover the history of the Wing, first occupied by Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their children and still used by the Royal Family today for official meetings and events.

Tours will take visitors through rooms and spaces including the Principal Corridor, the Yellow Drawing Room and the Centre Room, which leads on to the balcony.

From L to R: Pair of Chinese porcelain vases with mounts, second half of the 18th-century; Principal Corridor (north section); Yellow Drawing Room. Photos: Peter Smith.

Essential Information

Where: Buckingham Palace, Westminster, SW1A 1AA.

When: A limited number of East Wing Highlights Tours will run daily in July and August, from Monday, 15 July. The Palace will be open for seven days a week during July and August for the first time since 2019, returning to five days a week during September.

Tickets: East Wing Highlights Tours tickets will go on sale to the public from Wednesday, April 10th. Tours must be purchased with a ticket to visit to the State Rooms. The combined ticket price is £75 for Adults. Admission to the State Rooms only is £32 (in advance) and £35 on the day.


The Royal Mews Reopens for Visitors

The Gold State Coach. Royal Collection Trust / © His Majesty King Charles III 2024.

Visitors can see behind the scenes at this real working stables in the heart of London and marvel at the iconic 260-year-old Gold State Coach, used at State occasions such as Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation in 1953, the Platinum Jubilee in 2022 and King Charles III Coronation in 2023.

The Diamond Jubilee State Coach and Royal Mews.

Royal Collection Trust | © His Majesty King Charles III 2024.

One of the finest working stables in existence, The Royal Mews is steeped in royal history; it's responsible for all road travel arrangements for The King and members of the Royal Family, from horse-and-carriage to car and from livery to harness.

Essential Information

Where: The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace, SW1W 0QH.

When: Open until November 3rd 2024; from 10am-5pm; closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Tickets: Adult from £17; child from £8.50.


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