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Royal Mews, London

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#20 of 142 in Historic Sites in London
Historic Site Landmark
A vital part of royal life since the reign of Richard II, Royal Mews houses the cars, carriages, and horses used by the monarchy on royal and state occasions. It is considered one of the finest working stables in existence. Marvel at the ornate detail of the carriages, including the particularly lavish Gold State Coach. It has been used at every coronation since that of George IV in 1921. You can also admire the some of the fine livery worn by the Queen’s coachmen, which has remained largely unchanged since Victorian times. Be sure to pick up a headset for a free audio tour outlining the history of the Royal Mews and giving insights into how it operates today. Guided tours are also available during peak tourist season. On arrival, you and your belongings will be subjected to airport-style security checks. Try to bring as little as possible with you to get through the security screening more quickly. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Royal Mews and many more London attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's London trip itinerary planner.
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  • We used the London Pass for this and stayed almost 3 hours because the kids were allowed to play. There is a free audio guide that provided a lot of information and allowed you to go at your own pace....  more »
  • We were pleasantly surprised by our visit to the Royal Mews. Reasonably priced, no crowd, and the guide gave us a wonderful description of the horses, carriages, and other vehicles. It was a highlight...  more »
  • Just round the corner from the bustle of Buckingham Palace, the mews are an oasis of calm in the centre of London. We did the free guided tour which was interesting and entertaining. You can get a com...  more »

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