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Photo Album: Buckingham Palace Gardens

Updated: Jul 29

Discover the highlights of a visit to Buckingham Palace's Gardens, the official London residence of Her Majesty The Queen, and the largest private garden in the British capital (covering 17 hectares/42 acres).

The Buckingham Palace Gardens are Grade II listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.
The Buckingham Palace Gardens welcome sign (Grade II listed gradens on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.)

This year, visitors can combine a visit to 19 of the magnificent State Rooms with a guided walking tour of the most remarkable features of the beautiful garden. Branded as "a walled oasis in the middle of London", Buckingham Palace Gardens boast over 350 specimens of wildflowers, more than 1000 trees, a three-acre lake, and is home to 35 different species of birds.

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The Garden Highlights Tour includes:

  • The summer house;

  • The beautiful 156-meter Herbaceous Border;

  • The Rose Garden with 25 beds of roses;

  • The Palace tennis court, where King George VI and Fred Perry played in the 1930s;

  • The enormous 18-foot-tall Waterloo Vase commissioned by Napoleon in anticipation of his success at the 1815 Battle of Waterloo, but after his defeat, it was gifted to the future King George IV

Starting with spring, the lawn is mowed weekly in a striped pattern, which makes it look larger and helps to frame the flower borders.
Starting with spring, the lawn is mowed weekly in a striped pattern, which makes it seem larger and helps to frame the floral borders.

The lake is the central feature of the Buckingham Palace garden and was created in the 19th century. It was initially fed from the overflow of the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park.
The lake is the central feature of the garden and was created in the 19th century. It was initially fed from the overflow of the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park.

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Visitors enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to picnic on the lawn with views of the Queen's Palace.

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The wooden garden hut had initially been located in a sunny spot, but then been moved under a large tree that secured plenty of of shade.

Did you know that Buckingham Palace was an operating theater for King Edward VII in 1902 when he suffered from peritonitis? He was successfully operated on in a room overlooking the garden.

The 3.5-acre lake was man-made in 1828, when the parkland became a royal garden in the Romantic Gardenesque style.

The Buckingham Palace was built during the 18th&19th centuries, with a Baroque architectural style.
Buckingham Palace was built during the 18th century & finished during the 1800s, with a Baroque architectural style.

The Pool House is where in the past eight decades, nearly every member of the Royal family has learned to swim. It even survived bomb damage in 1940, a year after completion.

📍 Where: Buckingham Palace, Central London, SW1A 1AA. 📆 Event dates: every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday between 25 Jul 2022 and 2 Oct 2022.

🕒 Every 30 minutes between 9:45 - 14:45.

🎫 Ticket must be purchased as an add-on to The State Rooms at Buckingham Palace standard admission. Prices for add-on: Adult £11.50; Young Person (18-24) £7.50; Child (5-17) / Disabled £6.30; Under 5 Free.

Ticket prices for The State Rooms: Adult £30.00; Young Person (18-24) £19.50; Child (5-17) / Disabled £16.50; Under 5 Free. Book your tickets here.

🚇 The closest Tube stations are Victoria, Green Park, and Hyde Park Corner. If you arrive by coach, Victoria Coach Station is just a short 10-minute walk away.


*All photos were taken by Ina/WithinLondon unless stated otherwise :)

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