The King's Gallery
The King's Gallery
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Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
The King's Gallery hosts a programme of changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection, featuring old master paintings, rare furniture, decorative arts and images from the vast photograph collection.
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Neighbourhood: Victoria
How to get there
  • Hyde Park Corner • 10 min walk
  • Green Park • 10 min walk
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  • mildredp19452017
    Chester, Massachusetts95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyed So Much
    I hadn't planned on visiting the Queen's Gallery, but I was walking up to Victoria Station and decided to see if I could get in. I purchased a combination ticket with the Royal Mews a few minutes down the road. They currently have an exhibit of Georgian and Regency clothing and accessories that I found very interesting I was actually surprised how much time I spent there; I hadn't realized there would be so much to see. Lovely staff always available to assist. The building itself is beautifully restored after having been damaged in the war. Highly recommend.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 30 April 2023
  • Richard Y
    13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dresses through the ages
    The queen's gallery is an exhibition gallery which changes throughout the year. We saw the style of dress that changed throughout British history and their implications and effects. It was a nice tour but the teenagers did not like it as much since it was mostly paintings and clothing. Good for adults only
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Railene
    Budgewoi, Australia227 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An insight to life in Georgian times
    It was an extensive, visual exhibition in to life and fashion in the Georgian era. The artwork, as well as gowns, jewels and accessories were a delight to see. Also note: the gift shop at this exhibit is the best of the Royal gift shops in Buckingham Palace precinct.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Caroline S
    Arlington, Virginia132 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Portrait-Heavy, Clothing-Light Exhibit
    My husband and I went to the “Dressing the Georgians” exhibit at the Queen’s Gallery. It was a lovely exhibit, with meaningful content, a good audio guide accompaniment, and many portraits to illustrate the content. It was also a short exhibit, so there was no museum fatigue. The thing that kept it from top marks was that there weren’t many actual articles of clothing displayed; there were some, and the ones on display were fitting, just not enough.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 July 2023
  • Commuter2015
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom16 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Idiosyncratic booking system
    Ticket bought for exhibition can be used for any exhibition there for the following year but those extra visits cannot be booked online. Phone call required and costs £2. If going with a friend who doesn’t have a ticket they book online. Difficult then to ensure both can use the same time slot. Seems like an idiotic system. Exhibitions great but can’t be bothered with this hassle.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 July 2023
  • Antonietta T
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Educational
    The gallery was very educational and interesting. History at its best! At one point my audio guide lost battery power and a very kind gallery attendant asked me why I wasn't listening to the guide. I told him that it wasn't working and he promptly got me another one. So happy he did!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 August 2023
  • Smithy87
    449 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    Definitely 5* as you would expect in a Royal palace. Booked on line which was exceedingly easy and quick, tickets printed out at home. I took my daughter and granddaughter to see the Dressing the Georgians Exhibition. We started out with at leisurely lunch at The Buttery in Ebury Street only a short walk away from Buckingham Palace. We ere slightly early for our time slot so had to wait for a few minutes for entry. The first impression on entering was “wow”. The building is impressive, very light and airy and very, very clean. Plenty of staff, very friendly and courteous staff, all extremely well turned out. Airport style was security was well managed and then we were in. I found the exhibition mind blowing with a wealth of information, almost an overload at times. It was a relief to find that the exhibit information posters had not been written by “the woke brigade”; we were not bludgeoned into being made to feel ashamed about or country or past. The exhibits were mainly portraits of the Georgian Period along with a few stunning garments. In this day and age of modern technology it is almost overwhelming to realise that everything was made by hands (many hands). The stitching and seaming were immaculate. One multi laced collar took a lacemaker a year to make working for 15 hours a day. It is a tribute to her skill that visitors are able to see it. There was a short 10 minute talk about two of the portraits, one of George IV and Queen Charlotte which was very interesting. My only quibble is that I found it very difficult to hear, the huge height of the gallery swallowed up the speakers voice! My daughter relayed the info went the talk was finished. Not sure which was most impressive, the content of the talk or the fact that my daughter could remember it all. All in all we have a very enjoyable visit. However, I would have liked to have seen more garments displayed.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 September 2023
  • sheepygold
    5,607 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Current exhibition is outstandingly good
    We came here to visit the Dressing the Georgians exhibition. We delayed our visit until now so when we convert our tickets to an annual pass we can have as much time as possible to see at least one other exhibition. The exhibition itself is outstanding but there was so much to see we couldn't see it all within the 2 hours we set aside so we have already arranged a second visit to finish it off.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 September 2023
  • Clive W
    1,807 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Portraits but Too Many People
    This review is based on the Holbein exhibition. My friend and I pre-booked tickets and admission time some weeks ago, for a Friday morning. We had our ticket stamped so it is now valid for a year. Disappointingly, there was not a reduction for senior citizens. There were so many people at the exhibition that it was difficult to view the art on show. There were insufficient seats to sit and listen to the audio guide as so many people wanted to sit down. At one point, a long stream of people walked to the exit, clattering over the grille in the floor and it made such a noise it was impossible to concentrate. We were pleased at noon, when there was a talk, the room emptied so we could look in comparative peace! It seemed ridiculous that we saw people buying tickets for immediate entry when it was so crowded. Nevertheless, it was wonderful to admire Holbein’s skill, techniques and execution. For example, the fur on the Duke of Norfolk’s outfit was superbly depicted. The sketches of Sir Thomas Moore’s family were marvellous. Holbein’s methods and the context in which he painted were clearly explained. There are portraits, miniatures, charcoal/chalk sketches, armour and other Tudor portraits not by Holbein. The characters on show immersed the viewer in the Tudor world. We had never before seen portraits of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain (Katharine of Aragon’s parents). The labels were excellent. The audio guide, included in the ticket price, was easy to use and clear. The staff were pleasant.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 January 2024
  • Bob P
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    HOLBEIN AT THE TUDOR COURT
    We visited the queen gallery for the first time for the exhibition of HOLBEIN AT THE TUDOR COURT and also a lunch time lecture on King Henry’s Armour given my Simon Metford. The exhibition was fantastic with the original artwork from the Tudor period. The armour talk was the real highlight of the visit as King Henry’s normally never is moved and put on display where you can get a 360 view.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 February 2024
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AlisonMG
Canterbury, UK11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Wonderful to see Holbein's sketches up close and the gallery explaining the materials and techniques he used was very interesting. Also impressed by the skill of the curators in providing such good explanatory text beside each drawing. Great value for money. The queue for entry was frankly bizarre and as a previous commenter has said could be easily improved with the addition of boards indicating where to queue based on time of entry.
Written 6 April 2024
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KrissieE
London, UK49 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The entry system was chaotic. Nobody knew where to queue and had to ask staff. I felt sorry for people who's English was limited, it must have been bewildering. Staff were frazzled and we got snapped at when we thought we had been called through ("Not you!") We finally got in about half an hour after the time of our ticket.
It was packed. People seemed to be more interested in the captions and audioguides than the pictures themselves. Managed to see all the pictures eventually, beautiful drawings by Holbein in which the character of the sitters shone through.
Here's a thought. How about some signage? Two A-boards, "2.15 entry queue here" and "2.30 entry queue here"? The times could be changeable as the day went on, of course.
Written 5 April 2024
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William f
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We visited the Queens Galley on the 21st of march 2024 , while the expert of the exhibition and the exhibition itself was fantastic! so well done on that part, we felt that the visitors service staff were very unwelcoming on arrival , while we understood the importance of the bag checks and security, it was not handled in a friendly manner. I think there is room for improvement.
Written 22 March 2024
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SheMag
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK232 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
This was the first time I’d visited the Queen’s Gallery. I went to see the Holbein exhibition. I chose a Thursday afternoon in the hope it would be quiet, and it was. I spent almost two hours there looking in close up detail at all the paintings, listening to the informative (and free) headset narratives and having a generally self-indulgent time! It was great. A really friendly gallery, well set out with a clear and logical flow. I really liked it and wouldn’t hesitate to visit again.
Written 15 February 2024
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KB91
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
The exhibition is excellent, although do go first thing when it is quieter.
You can get very close to the art and see the exquisite details.

The facilities are great, and the shop is reasonably priced.
I must say the staff are excellent, very helpful, kind, and welcoming.
Written 15 February 2024
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Raluca G
12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
A very disappointing experience! 19 pounds for 3 rooms with Holbein's paintings, the most famous of which are taken from other residences. A waste of time and money. Don't let yourselves fooled - like we did - by words like Buckingham Palace or the Queen's Gallery!
Written 9 February 2024
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Bob P
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We visited the queen gallery for the first time for the exhibition of HOLBEIN AT THE TUDOR COURT and also a lunch time lecture on King Henry’s Armour given my Simon Metford. The exhibition was fantastic with the original artwork from the Tudor period. The armour talk was the real highlight of the visit as King Henry’s normally never is moved and put on display where you can get a 360 view.
Written 6 February 2024
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Clive W
Orpington1,807 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
This review is based on the Holbein exhibition.

My friend and I pre-booked tickets and admission time some weeks ago, for a Friday morning. We had our ticket stamped so it is now valid for a year. Disappointingly, there was not a reduction for senior citizens. There were so many people at the exhibition that it was difficult to view the art on show. There were insufficient seats to sit and listen to the audio guide as so many people wanted to sit down. At one point, a long stream of people walked to the exit, clattering over the grille in the floor and it made such a noise it was impossible to concentrate. We were pleased at noon, when there was a talk, the room emptied so we could look in comparative peace! It seemed ridiculous that we saw people buying tickets for immediate entry when it was so crowded.

Nevertheless, it was wonderful to admire Holbein’s skill, techniques and execution. For example, the fur on the Duke of Norfolk’s outfit was superbly depicted. The sketches of Sir Thomas Moore’s family were marvellous. Holbein’s methods and the context in which he painted were clearly explained. There are portraits, miniatures, charcoal/chalk sketches, armour and other Tudor portraits not by Holbein. The characters on show immersed the viewer in the Tudor world. We had never before seen portraits of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain (Katharine of Aragon’s parents). The labels were excellent. The audio guide, included in the ticket price, was easy to use and clear. The staff were pleasant.
Written 27 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Joanna W
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Great exhibition . Too crowded and hard to see all the pictures. Rather superficial commentary on head sets. Try to go on quiet times
Written 21 January 2024
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TheRoliingMcStones
Yorkshire405 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
I’m married to a Tudor-era history student, an interest I don’t really share.
However the Holbein exhibition, is fascinating, educational, excellently presented, and opened my eyes, not just the period, but also to the incredible talent and ingenuity of this man and his peers.
Written 29 November 2023
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