"Sophisticated Stables" Buckingham Palace Tip by thecatsmeow

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Being tourists in London but also animal enthusiasts we had to take a trip to the Royal Mews. The Mews first started in its present location in 1760, when some of George III's horses and his carriage collection were moved from another location. He wanted them to be closer to the house which he had just purchased. In 1820 architect John Nash remodeled the house and rebuilt the stables. The Mews is today a working stable to the Queen. The Royal Mews form part of Buckingham Palace and house the carriages and horses used by the Queen and the Royal Family for state and ceremonial occasions. The stables are also home to 30 horses who serve the Queen on official duty, when required. The horses are Cleveland Bay and Windsor Greys. We were able to see a few while touring the Mews. The carriages are all beautiful and the Golden State Coach is a sight to behold. Wow! To actually move the coach out into the open an entire wall of the stable is removed. I was totally fascinated by the details of this beauty. My pictures do not do it justice.The Gold State Coach has been used in every coronation since 1831. The Mews also is a good way to see a working branch of the Royal household. We found it very interesting to visit. On weekends there are activities for children in the education room and the Mews is handicap accessible. There are onsite lavatories available and they are also handicap accessible.

Address: The Mall, London SW1A 1AA
Directions: Victoria Tube, Green Park Tube or St James's Park Tube will get you to the correct area. The Mews are behind Buckingham Palace.
Phone: (+44) (0)20 7766 7302
Website: http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/default.asp?action=article&ID=31

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