A visitor’s guide to the Queen’s Gallery in London

Address: Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1A 1AA

The Queen’s Gallery is a public art gallery located within Buckingham Palace, home of the reigning British monarch Elizabeth II. Exhibited within the gallery are works from the Royal Collection, which are held in trust for the nation and displayed on a rotating basis. Approximately 450 pieces of art are displayed at any one time within the gallery, which is located at the west front of the palace.

Buckingham Palace

Having first opened in 1962 on the site of a chapel bombed during World War II, the Queen’s Gallery quickly established itself as a popular tourist attraction. Between 1999 and 2002 the gallery closed, allowing extension and renovation work to be undertaken. When the gallery reopened to the public after three years, it had more than tripled in size, allowing more art to be put on display than ever before.

Exhibitions for 2015

During summer 2015, exhibitions at the Queen’s Gallery include ‘Waterloo at Windsor: 1815-2015’, which commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo with a display of prints, drawings and archival material. ‘Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden’ draws on oil paintings, works on paper, books, manuscripts and decorative arts to explore the way in which the garden inspired artists and craftsmen between 1500 and 1900, while ‘Scottish Artists 1750-1900: From Caledonia to the Continent’ examines the influence of artists whose work was shaped by the Scottish Enlightenment.

Opening times

  • January 2nd – July 24th: Open daily 10:00-17:30 (last admission 16:15)
  • July 25th – September 27th: Open daily 09:30-17:30 (last admission 16:15)
  • September 28th – October 11th: Open daily 10:00-17:30 (last admission 16:15)
  • November 13th – December 31st: Open daily 10:00-17:30 (last admission 16:15)
  • Closed: October 12th – November 12th and December 25th – 26th

Getting to the Queen’s Gallery by Tube

There are a number of London Underground stations within walking distance of the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace:

  • London Victoria (1.1 mile) on the Circle, District and Victoria lines.
  • Green Park (1.0 mile) on the Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria lines.
  • Hyde Park Corner (0.8 miles) on the Piccadilly Line.

Getting to the Queen’s Gallery by road

Drivers should note that the Queen’s Gallery is located within the London Congestion Charge zone. The nearest paid car parks are Arlington House Pure Parking at St James’ (7 mins walk) and Carrington Street NCP in Mayfair (8 mins walk).

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