The Queen is opening the Buckingham Palace garden to the public for the first time

With the weather gradually getting better, so many of us have already flocked to parks and beaches for a picnic. But this summer, there’s one very special spot opening up that will take your picnic to the next level. For the first time ever, the Queen is planning to open Buckingham Palace’s garden to the public over the summer months.

Buckingham Palace

The Royal Collection Trust (RCT), which manages the public opening of the Queen’s official residences, announced the special experience. Ticket holders will be able to enter and explore the Buckingham Palace garden between 9 July and 19 September.

The RCT said: ‘Visitors will be free to explore a route through the garden that encompasses the 156-metre Herbaceous Border, plane trees planted by and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and views of the island and its beehives across the 3.5-acre lake.’

It added: ‘Features in the south-west of the garden, including the Rose Garden, summer house and wildflower meadow, can be viewed through one of the guided tours that will run each day.’

The largest private garden in London is home to 30 species of birds and 325 types of wild plants.

To really make a day of it, there will be food stalls dotted around the 39 acres of land to provide refreshments. Visitors can also bring picnics with them, however, alcohol isn’t permitted. The public also can’t play ball games in the gardens or bring a barbecue.

For the past 200 years, the garden has hosted royal events such as The Queen’s Garden Parties, but now the paying public can enjoy it for themselves.

If this once in a lifetime experience sounds up your street, tickets can be purchased from the RCT website. The ticket prices range from £9.00 to £16.50 and concessions are available. Children under five years old can enter for free.