The Royal Mews Highlights

The Royal Mews is home to the royal collection of historic coaches and carriages, and is considered to be one of the finest working stables in existence. To this day, The Royal Mews is responsible for all road travel arrangements for The Queen and members of the Royal Family. Visit to see a dazzling display of opulent coaches and carriages, including the Gold State Coach and The Diamond Jubilee State Coach. In addition to the luxurious coaches on display, you'll also be able to see the official carriage horses and the beautifully appointed motor vehicles used to transport the Queen and other members of the Royal Family. Guided tours are available in summer months, and audio guides are available in 9 different languages.

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The Diamond Jubilee State Coach

First used at the State Opening of Parliament on 4 June 2014, this beautiful horse-drawn coach was designed and built in Australia. It's over 5 metres long, weighs over 3 tonnes, and is meant to be drawn by 6 horses. The interior of the coach incorporates a number of significant artifacts from throughout the British commonwealth, including a lead musket ball from the Battle of Waterloo, and materials from Henry VIII's flagship The Mary Rose, the Antarctic bases of Captain Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton, Canterbury Cathedral, the Royal Yacht Britannia, and more.

The Gold State Coach

The jewel in the crown of the Royal Mews is certainly the Gold State Coach. It was built for George III in 1762, and weighs almost 4 tonnes. 8 horses are required to pull this coach, which has carried every monarch to their coronation since 1821.

The Carriage Horses

Your visit will include the opportunity to see some of the Royal Mews' official horses. Cleveland Bays are used to escort newly appointed High Commissioners and Ambassadors to their audience with The Queen, and the famous Windsor Greys (so called because they were kept at Windsor during the reign of Queen Victoria) are chosen for their steady temperament and stamina.

Guided Tours and Audio Guides

Free 45-minute guided tours, led by Wardens in striking navy and red livery, are available between April and October. Visitors can also choose to use a complimentary multimedia guide, offering self-guided tours in 9 languages. The multimedia guide explains the rich history of the Royal Mews, and gives a fascinating insight into the present-day operation of the Queen's 'garage'.