The Garden at Buckingham Palace is situated at the rear of Buckingham Palace and covers 42 hectares. Buckingham Palace Garden is not usually open to the public and is where the Queen’s garden parties are held. The landscape design was by Capability Brown but the garden was redesigned by William Townsend Aiton of Kew Gardens and John Nash.
The central feature of the garden is a three-acre lake created in the 19th century. Other highlights include a 156-metre herbaceous border, the wisteria-clad summerhouse, the rose garden, and one of Britain’s biggest garden ornaments — a 15-foot Waterloo Vase carved from a single piece of marble weighing an estimated 20 tons.
The trees include plane, Indian chestnut, silver maple, and a swamp cypress, and a single surviving mulberry tree from King James I ‘s attempt to breed silkworms.
Directions, Access and Additional Information
By train: London Victoria. (National Rail Enquiries Service 08457 484950 (UK)).
By Underground: Victoria, Green Park and Hyde Park Corner.
By bus: Numbers 11, 211, C1 and C10 stop on Buckingham Palace Road.
By road: Buckingham Palace is within the London Congestion Charge zone. Please visit www.cclondon.com for further details.
By coach: Victoria Coach Station is a 10-minute walk from the Palace.