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The Garden at Buckingham Palace from 9 July to 19 September 2021

Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2021. Photographer John Campbell

If the idea of a stuffy museum fills you with post-lockdown dread, perhaps a wander around one of the most famous gardens in London will provide some attraction.

Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2021. Photographer John Campbell

The garden at Buckingham Palace opens to visitors from 9 July and will be open to September, the grounds of Her Majesty The Queen’s official London residence can be explored through a self-guided tour for the first time. Following exceptional demand, additional tickets have been made available on dates throughout July to September.

Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2021. Photographer John Campbell

Visitors will be free to explore a route through the garden that encompasses the 156-metre Herbaceous Border, plane trees planted by and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and views of the island and its beehives across the 3.5-acre lake.

Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2021. Photographer John Campbell

The unique opportunity to enjoy a picnic on one of the sweeping lawns will be part of the visit. Features in the south-west of the garden, including the Rose Garden, summer house and wildflower meadow, can be viewed through one of the guided tours that will run each day.

Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2021. Photographer John Campbell

The historic 39-acre garden dates back to the 1820s when George IV turned Buckingham House into a palace. The garden is home to a remarkable array of flora and fauna, including rare native plants seldom seen in London. The garden has more than 1,000 trees, the National Collection of Mulberry Trees and 320 different wildflowers and grasses.

Daily talks by Visitor Services Wardens and trails for families are included as part of the visit. Art and craft activities will be available in locations throughout the garden for visitors with children on Mondays in July and August (from 19 July) and as part of two Family Festival days on 26 and 30 August, where Warden-led family tours will also be available.

Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2021. Photographer John Campbell

Unusual Buckingham Palace Garden facts

In 1762 Queen Charlotte established a menagerie in the garden. It included an elephant, monkeys and one of the first zebras ever seen in England.

The Queen hosts three Garden Parties a year at Buckingham Palace. Each is attended by 8,000 guests, who consume around 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake.

Since 2008 the island in the lake has been home to five beehives, which produce around 160 jars of honey a year for use in the royal kitchens.

There are more than 1,000 trees in the garden, including 98 plane trees, 85 different species of oak and 40 different types of mulberry tree.

The Rose Garden contains 25 beds of roses. Each bed is planted with 60 rose bushes of a different variety, and no two adjacent beds are of a similar colour.

The garden’s Waterloo Vase weighs an estimated 19 tonnes and is an impressive 5.5m (18ft) tall. It was commissioned by the French Emperor Napoleon after his defeat at Waterloo in 1815 it was presented to the future George IV.

The garden’s meadows, which were once grazed by cows and goats, are now home to more than 320 different types of wildflowers and grasses.
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The Garden at Buckingham Palace opens from Friday, 9 July. 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.

For more information, visit the Royal Collection website here

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