The garden at Buckingham Palace opens to visitors on Friday, 9th July until September, giving you access to the grounds of Her Majesty The Queen’s official London residence. You can explore, picnic and take in the nature as you imagine that you’re queen for the day.
Visitors are free to explore a route of their choosing, take a self guided tour and enjoy a picnic on the lawn. During your visit to Buckingham Palace gardens you can find trees planted by (and named after) Queen Victoria and Prince Albert take in views the island and enjoy the peaceful landscape that is home to a variety of rare native plants.
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. It is also home to several botanicals used to make Buckingham Palace Gin (which can be purchased from the shop), including lemon verbena, hawthorn berries, bay leaves and mulberry leaves.
Admittedly there is not a lot for children to do, other than take in the nature, have an ice-cream and enjoy a picnic. But there are family trails and a number of activity days and festivals coming up throughout July and August which will keep little ones entertained and give their adults a chance to relax. Family Mondays throughout July and August (from 19 July) will feature a variety of crafts, storytelling and family trails and as part of two Family Festival days on 26 and 30 August, you can enjoy Warden-led family tours and a selection of activities on the lawn. All activities are included in the price of tickets which are £16 for an adult and £9 for children. More info and booking here.