If your group is planning a trip to London during the summer or September, they are in for a treat as some of the Royal Residences in the UK open their doors to the public.
Book well in advance of their visit as the tours sell out early.
As part of Royal Day Out, visitors can view The State Rooms, The Queen's Gallery, and the Royal Mews.
During the summer, if no official visits are planned, the 19 State rooms at Buckingham public are open to the public. It's an opportunity to get a close-up view of Royal Collection treasures. There is top-quality antique furniture from England, France, and other parts of the world. There are paintings by the masters, including Rubens and Rembrandt.
The Queen’s Gallery, opened in 2002 in celebration of the Queen's Golden Jubilee, houses exhibitions that change regularly. Currently, Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden showcases over 400 years of royal landscape paintings and historical horticultural manuscripts.
The Royal Mews, one of the world's largest working stables, has historical carriages and coaches, including the the Gold State Coach. It has been used during every coronation since George IV in 1821.
If children are in the party, there is plenty to keep them busy in the royal Mews and at the Family Pavilion.
A number of special visits and private tours are available for groups.
Clarence House, the official residence of the Prince of Wales, is open to the public throughout the month of August. The tour includes The Lancaster Room, The Morning Room, The Library, The Dining Room, and The Garden Room.
For groups there is a special treat: Private, guided afternoon tours are available of this residence, which is part of the Royal Collection Trust. After touring the garden, planted by The Prince of Wales in honour of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, groups will be taken through Cornwall Room. (Cornwall Room is not part of the public tour.)
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