London has many lovely parks and gardens in which to enjoy a picnic, but the green spaces of Buckingham Palace have always been off limits – until now
Lead image: Buckingham Palace Garden (Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2021; photo John Campbell)
Opening to visitors for the very first time, the gates to the garden at Buckingham Palace are being thrown open this summer for Londoners and visitors to take a self-guided tour of the grounds of Her Majesty The Queen’s official London residence.
The garden features a 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.
The unique opportunity to enjoy a picnic on one of the sweeping lawns will be part of the visit, and 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.
‘Enjoy a picnic on one of the sweeping lawns as part of the visit’
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 rich biodiverse habitat has more than 1,000 trees, the National Collection of Mulberry Trees and 320 different wildflowers and grasses.
The garden will be open from July to September 2021, and from May to September, special guided tours of Buckingham Palace are also available – see the Palace’s magnificent State Rooms, furnished with some of the greatest treasures of the Royal Collection, including exquisite Sèvres porcelain and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world.
The Garden at Buckingham Palace will open from 9 July-19 September 2021. Tickets are £16.50 for adults. Garden Highlights Guided Tours are £6.50 and should be booked with the main ticket. Visits to The State Rooms and Garden at Buckingham Palace will run six times a day on weekends from 10 July-19 September 2021. Tickets are £60 for adults. Pre-booking is essential. See rct.uk
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