The Queen’s Gallery

The London Pass London Pass Benefits: Access to the Queen's Gallery with a London Pass Normally £13.50 - Included with London Pass

The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace is a permanent space dedicated to changing exhibitions from the Royal collection. Explore some of London's best art exhibitions from the Royal Collection in The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace.

The Queen’s Gallery holds an astonishing and wide-ranging collection of paintings, sculpture and other works of art as well as a glittering array of priceless treasure held in trust for the Nation by Her Majesty The Queen. This is a popular site for London visitors who want to immerse themselves in the heritage of the city. Originally created over 40 years ago on the west front of Buckingham Palace, The Queen’s Gallery London was built out of the bomb-damaged ruins of a former private chapel and has recently undergone redevelopment. 

Enjoy access to The Queen’s Gallery with The London Pass® 

  • Pay nothing at the door – simply show your pass. 
  • Explore a wide-ranging collection of paintings, sculpture and other works of art. 
  • Experience incredible exhibits and vast photographic collections. 

 

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The Queen’s Gallery history
The Queen’s Gallery highlights
The Queen’s Gallery facts
Don’t miss
Know before you go
Getting in
Make the most of your London Pass
How to get there

 

History of The Queen’s Gallery 

The Queen’s Gallery is a small public art gallery located in Buckingham Palace. The building that preceded The Queen’s Gallery was designed by John Nash as one of the Palace’s three identical conservatories or pavilions in the form of Ionic temples - a classic architectural form. This conservatory, which Queen Victoria converted into a private chapel, was destroyed during an air raid in 1940. Opened in 1962 by the The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, the space was opened to make the Royal Collection more accessible. Today, the Gallery sees changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection, master paintings, rare furniture and a vast collection of photographs.


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The Queen’s Gallery highlights

  • Explore around 450 works of art that are on display at one time.
  • Support the Royal Collection by visiting the The Queen’s Gallery shop after your visit.
  • Pick up a family activity bag near the Gallery’s entrance to keep kids aged 5-11 entertained. 
  • The Millar Learning Room allows families to relax and explore the Gallery in more detail. 

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The Queen’s Gallery facts

  • The £20-million expansion of The Queen’s Gallery was the most significant addition to Buckingham Palace in 150 years.
  • In 1997 a competition was held for the appointment of an architect to expand and modernise the Gallery as a celebration of The Queen’s Golden Jubilee.The winning architects created a new entrance, improved accessibility and added state-of-the-art environmental controls.
  • The re-designed entrance portico pays homage to John Nash’s original design for the Quadrangle of Buckingham Palace.
  • On either side of the entrance hall are two friezes. These symbolise the reign of The Queen. Four relief panels also depict the Patron Saints of the United Kingdom. 
  • The Queen’s Gallery was opened by The Queen in May 2002, as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations.

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Events at The Queen’s Gallery

For more events at The Queen’s Gallery, check the official site. 

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Know before you go

Eating and drinking aren't allowed inside The Queen's Gallery. However, you'll find plenty of cafés and restaurants nearby.  The Queen's Gallery three large exhibition rooms and a number of smaller spaces are fully accessible - download the floorplan here. For detailed access information and access events, please check the official site.

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Getting in

Present your London Pass at the main entrance.

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Make the most of your London Pass®

  • Make the most of your day out with a combined visit to the Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace. See the historic royal carriages and explore one of the finest working stables in existence. The Royal Mews is located only a two minute walk from The Queen's Gallery. 
  • Buckingham Palace tours are available through The London Pass® from 20th July to 29th September 2019
  • The Guards Museum and The Churchill War Rooms are also a short walk away and included with The London Pass®.

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How to get there

By train

The closest station is London Victoria. 

By underground

Victoria, Green Park, St. James's Park and Hyde Park Corner. 

By coach / bus

Bus numbers 11, 211, C1 and C10 stop on Buckingham Palace Road. Victoria Coach Station is a 10-minute walk from the Palace. 

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Image: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018

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Getting to The Queen’s Gallery

Getting to The Queen’s Gallery

  • The Queen’s Gallery Buckingham Palace Road London SW1A 1AA

Opening Times

Monday 10.00 - 17.30
Tuesday 10.00 - 17.30
Wednesday 10.00 - 17.30
Thursday 10.00 - 17.30
Friday 10.00 - 17.30
Saturday 10.00 - 17.30
Sunday 10.00 - 17.30
Last Admission: 16.15

Closed:

3 – 4 June 2019
14 October – 14 November 2019
25 - 26 December 2019

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