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Buckingham Palace

The majestic palace is the official residence of British monarchs. A must-see – do not miss the Changing the Guard ceremony!

London SW1A 1AA, UK

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Built in 1703 for the Duke of Buckingham, it was claimed an official palace of the British Royal Family in 1837 by Queen Victoria. Visitors come from around the world to marvel at its beautiful façade, magnificent interior, and large royal gardens. There are 775 rooms in the palace, with the main attraction being the State Rooms which are used for public purposes – mainly meetings of the Royal Family with important guests. The most famous of these rooms are the Throne Room and the Music Room. Another popular place is the Picture Gallery where you can admire an extensive collection of art. Exhibitions differ from time to time. There are also receptions organized for the Queen and her guests.

One of the most enjoyable events at Buckingham Palace is the Changing the Guard ceremony, where regiments change their duties. Usually, it takes place at 11:30 a.m. every second day.

There are a lot of things to see in the palace, so make sure you give yourself enough time to see it all—at least two and a half hours. At the end of your tour, you can have a cup of coffee in the Garden Café, do a spot of shopping in the Garden Shop or take photos in the gardens. There is no dress code for tours. You should be prepared for an airport-style security check when entering. Big luggage will be stored during your tour and can be reclaimed after it. Do not carry knives or sharp objects with you. You are not allowed to eat, drink, or take photographs in the State Rooms and your cell phone should be switched off.

Getting to Buckingham Palace is quite easy. If traveling by train or the London Underground, get off at London Victoria Station. Other nearby stations are Green Park and Hyde Park Corner. They are of the same proximity to the palace. The nearest bus stop is frequented by buses 11, 211, C1 and C10. Victoria Coach Station is also within walking distance.

Opening Hours

State Rooms:
Jul 23 - Aug 31: Open daily 9:15 a.m. - 7:45 p.m. (last admission 5:15 p.m.)
Sep 1 - Oct 2: Open daily 9:15 a.m. - 6:45 p.m. (last admission 4:15 p.m.)

The Queen's Gallery:
Jan 1 - Jul 29:
daily 10 am - 5:30 pm (last admission 4:15 pm)
Jul 30 - Sep 25:
daily 9:30 am - 5:30 pm (last admission 4:15 pm)
Sep 26 - Dec 31:
daily 10 am - 5:30 pm (last admission 4:15 pm)
Closed Oct 10 - Nov 3, 2016.

Exclusive guided tours are available on selected dates. A typical visit lasts between 2 and 2½ hours.

Admission

State Rooms + The Queen's Gallery + Royal Mews:
Adults: £37
Over 60/Students: £33.80
Under 17: £20.80
Under 5: free

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Attractions near to Buckingham Palace

  • Big Ben

    One of the main London landmarks. Clock Tower with 4 clock faces, a part of Westminster Palace.

  • Trafalgar Square

    Trafalgar Square is the largest square in London. With all the cultural events taking place here, it is often considered the heart of the city.

  • Tower Bridge

    This fascinating bridge is one of London's icons. The views from top are amazing and it's quite a sight to see the bridge open for ships, too.

  • London Eye

    Come for a ride on Europe's largest Ferris wheel. The views from the top are simply fabulous, especially at night.

  • Tower of London

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  • Houses of Parliament

    The elaborate Palace of Westminster is home to the House of Commons and House of Lords. Come see the political life of the UK.

  • Westminster Abbey

    A magnificent sight and an important commemoration site. More impressive from outside than within.

  • St. Paul's Cathedral

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  • The British Museum

    Home to one of the largest collections of works and artefacts coming from all over the world. Dedicated to human history, art, and culture.

  • Covent Garden

    A popular shopping district where tourists swarm in crowds. Enjoy the special atmosphere of the place!

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