Ever fancied wandering from Her Majesty The Queen’s stephanotis and orchids in her vast central London garden? Well, rejoice! As this summer Buckingham Palace will open the garden to visitors from July to September, allowing the grounds of Her Majesty The Queen’s official London residence to be explored for the very first time.
Not only will visitors be free to explore a route through the garden that encompasses the 156-metre Herbaceous Border, with plane trees planted by and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and views of the island, but you will also be able to visit the beehives across the 3.5-acre lake.
Then, of course, it’s time for some light refreshments! There will be the unique opportunity to enjoy a picnic on one of the sweeping lawns as part of the visit. Features in the southwest of the garden, include the Rose Garden, summer house and wildflower meadow, and there will even be guided tours, as an addition, that will run each day.
The current landscape of the historic 39-acre garden dates back to the 1820s when George IV turned Buckingham House into a palace. Despite its urban location, the garden is home to a remarkable array of flora and fauna, including rare native plants seldom seen in London. The garden is a rich biodiverse habitat, with more than 1,000 trees, the National Collection of Mulberry Trees and 320 different wildflowers and grasses.
On weekends in April and May, garden enthusiasts can enjoy the tranquillity of the garden and discover its history and highlights. Visitors will experience the garden in springtime, with its meadows carpeted with primroses and bluebells, and flowering camellia, magnolia and azalea shrubs and trees.
If you are particularly keen to see what’s behind those grande windows, then from May to September, special guided tours of Buckingham Palace will also be available. Visitors will be able to peek inside many of the Palace’s magnificent State Rooms, furnished with some of the greatest treasures of the Royal Collection including paintings by Benjamin West and Franz Xaver Winterhalter, exquisite Sèvres porcelain and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. From July, access to the garden will be included in this visit.
In line with the easing of Government restrictions, Royal Collection Trust shops in London will reopen from Monday, 12 April. The Palace of Holyroodhouse and the new exhibition Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour at The Queen’s Gallery, Edinburgh will open from Monday, 26 April. Windsor Castle and the exhibition Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace will welcome visitors from Monday, 17 May.
For those unable to visit the official residences of Her Majesty in person, a programme of live online events is now available. Led by expert guides and streamed live from Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, A Warden’s Welcome interactive talks will reveal the history and stories of the Palaces through exclusive images and film footage. A piece of history… to treasure forever.
Buckingham Palace Garden Guided Tours will run on weekends from Saturday, 17 April to Sunday, 16 May 2021. Tickets are priced at £21.50 for adults.
Buckingham Palace Spring Guided Tours will run on Fridays and weekends from Friday, 21 May to Sunday, 20 June 2021. Tickets are priced at £47.50 for adults.
The Garden at Buckingham Palace will open from Friday, 9 July to Sunday, 19 September 2021. Tickets are priced at £16.50 for adults. Garden Highlights Guided Tours should be booked with the main ticket and are priced at £6.50 for adults. Tours will run 12 times a day.
The State Rooms and Garden at Buckingham Palace will run six times a day on weekends from Saturday, 10 July to Sunday, 19 September 2021. Tickets are priced at £60 for adults.
A Warden’s Welcome digital talks on Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse will run on selected dates from Wednesday, 12 April 2021. Tickets are priced at £5.00.
Visitor information and tickets: www.rct.uk, +44 (0)303 123 7300. Pre-booking is essential. The Palaces and Galleries will open five days a week, remaining closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.