The Royal Stables Open today 11.30-16.30

Buildings

The current Royal Stables buildings were completed in 1894. The architect was the palace official Ernst Jacobsson, assisted by Fritz Eckert. They gave the stables the appearance of a brick mediaeval castle, complete with towers and walls surrounding a grand inner courtyard that burst into bloom in the summertime.

The imposing façades are softened by a wealth of variety and detail, as is characteristic of the architecture of the time. An abundance of rounded towers, graceful window frames and friezes, patterned brickwork and highly elegant, often exquisite wrought ironwork in the stairwells, on the gates and around the balconies all reinforce the overall impression and encourage a closer study of the connected buildings.

The calm and seclusion of the inner courtyard, with its trees and planting, its pond and fountain, and its paths and open spaces, gives the impression of an oasis, effectively shielded from the hustle and bustle of the city.

On Väpnargatan

The courtyard is surrounded by the residential block on Väpnargatan, the stables and garage on Artillerigatan, the manège on Riddargatan and the coach house on Sibyllegatan. The facility houses most of what is needed in order for the Royal Stables to carry out their various duties in a practical manner.

The cars used on a daily basis are cleaned and maintained in the garage. The fleet includes cars for official transport and lorries for carrying horses and general goods.

The Stables

The light and airy stables are home to the 14 driving horses. The horses at the Royal Stables are housed in boxes of just over 12 square metres, with wood shavings as bedding.

The manège

The manège is used for purposes such as manège riding and training young horses. The cast iron roof of the manège was very modern for its time. This has allowed for large openings, letting in plenty of light and making the manège bright and welcoming.

The horsewalker

The horsewalker provides additional opportunities for the horses to exercise. It is run automatically and turns after a while, so that the horses can walk round in both directions.

The blacksmith’s workshop

The blacksmith's workshop is still used. The Royal Stables horses are reshod here. This is also where rubber is reapplied to the carriage wheels.

Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén/Royalpalaces.se 

Entry to the Royal Stables. Photo: The Royal Court/Royalpalaces.se

Inner courtyard of the Royal Stables. Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén/Royalpalaces.se

The stables. The horses at the Royal Stables are housed in boxes of just over 12 square metres, with wood shavings as bedding. Photo: Royalpalaces.se

The manège is used for purposes such as manège riding and training young horses. Photo: Royalpalaces.se

The horsewalker provides additional opportunities for the horses to exercise. Photo: Royalpalaces.se

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Guided tours Open today 11.30-16.30

Take a tour through the Royal Stables, with its harness room, cars and carriage houses. During the summer season, the inner courtyard, it...

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Group Visits Open today 11.30-16.30

We recommend that large groups pre-book a guided tour. For groups of at least 20 people, you can order coffee, sandwiches and/or pastries.

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The Royal Stables are located at Väpnargatan 1 in central Stockholm.

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Events

Welcome to Royal Stables Day. There will be exhibitions, historic cars, horses, carriage parades and refreshments. Take the opportunity t...

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A Christmas market is traditionally held at the Royal Stables on the first weekend in Advent. For four days, exhibitors from across Swede...

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Discover more at The Royal Stables

Horses Open today 11.30-16.30

The Royal Stables have around twenty horses. The horses are trained to lead cortèges and carriages on occasions such as state visits and ...

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Cars Open today 11.30-16.30

Among the oldest cars in the Royal Stables is a Daimler DE27: Limousine from 1950. It can seat up to eight people and is still in use . ...

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Buildings Open today 11.30-16.30

The current Royal Stables buildings were completed in 1894. The architect was the palace official Ernst Jacobsson, assisted by Fritz Ecke...

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Carriages Open today 11.30-16.30

See the Royal Stables coach sheds, which are home to around forty carriages and sleighs for various occasions. Most of them date back to ...

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Summer café Open today 11.30-16.30

Discover the Royal Stables' summer café, serving home-baked treats in a unique setting in the heart of Stockholm.

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History Open today 11.30-16.30

The history of the Royal Stables dates back many hundreds of years, to 1535 when King Gustav Vasa had stables built for the royal horses....

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Articles and movies

Discover an oasis in the heart of the city and visit the Royal Stables' inner courtyard with its café, shop and a couple of horses. The p...

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During the summer, all ten royal palaces and their museums, parks, chapels, shops and cafés will be open.

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What was life like at the Royal Stables during the times of King Karl XIV Johan and King Oskar I? An exhibition in the coach shed describ...

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Opening hours: Open today 11.30-16.30

FAQ

  • Can I pre-book a ticket for the general palace tours?

    Tickets can be purchased on the same day at any of our ticket offices; no advance purchase available.

  • Are there any storage lockers at the royal palaces?

    The Royal Palace of Stockholm: There are a few storage lockers available at Tickets & Information and in the Tre Kronor Museum. However, we would recommend not bringing any large bags with you. The other royal palaces and visitor attractions: No storage lockers available.

  • Can I take my bag into the royal palaces?

    Small bags are permitted at our visitor attractions. Rucksacks should be carried in your hand or on your front. Do not leave any bags unattended. Bags and cases with wheels are not permitted.

  • Can I take a pushchair into the royal palaces?

    Pushchairs are not permitted indoors.

  • Are there any pushchair parkings at the royal palaces?

    The Royal Palace of Stockholm: At the entrance to the Reception Rooms, in the Outer Courtyard there is a limited amount of space for pushchairs. Under cover, but unmonitored and no locking facility.

    Riddarholm Church: At the entrance to Riddarholm Church. Under cover, but unmonitored and no locking facility.

    Drottningholm Palace: Outside the entrance. Under cover, but unmonitored and no locking facility.

    Other visitor attractions: No pushchair parking.

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