A teenager's take on The Royal Mews
When London Planner designer Suzette told us that her daughter was visiting the office for work experience, we decided to whisk her off to Buckingham Palace for a visit to The Royal Mews. In her own words, here’s what 13-year-old Tegan thought of the Queen’s road travel department.
Although it is quite small in size, there is plenty to see at The Royal Mews. It’s a nice change from large-scale museums that require a lot of walking (which is always exhausting) and a lot of time.
Electronic tour guides are available with the option of a child or an adult tour. You can take a 360-degree look at the interior of some carriages on its screen. Also, the audio guide points out little details that aren't on the signs and you can pause it if you need a rest.
There is a small children’s room with colouring activities and a ‘harness a horse’ section, where kids can learn to harness a wooden horse and brush its hair. There is also a dress-up section where little ones can try on the Royal Mews livery and take some fun photos.
The Royal Mews offers a unique opportunity to view some of the rather extravagant royal carriages that we have seen on the TV, including the magnificent Gold State Coach right at the end. There is also a smaller carriage which you are allowed to go in to have your picture taken.
I really enjoyed my short-but-sweet visit to The Royal Mews. It is definitely a child-friendly place with lots to do and see. I loved the large gift shop containing anything and everything you could possibly want relating to the royal family. From mugs and key rings, to chocolate bars and even pyjamas… it’s got it all!
The Royal Mews, SW1W 1QH
1 Feb to 24 Mar daily 10am-4pm, 25 Mar to 31 Oct daily 10am-5pm
T: 030 3123 7302 | www.royalcollection.org.uk
Watch our 5 Reasons to Visit Buckingham Palace video, or read about London locations that keep both kids and parents happy