This majestic palace is the official residence of British monarchs and is usually recognized as a symbol of UK's monarchy. Originally built as a townhouse, Buckingham Palace was turned into a private residence for Queen Charlotte in 1761. The palace was reconstructed and enlarged during the 19th century and it has been used as a residence of the British monarch since Queen Victoria's reign. It now serves as an exquisite example of Neoclassical architecture. On selected days, you can visit some of the state rooms and Queen's Gallery. Do not miss the Changing the Guard ceremony. Be sure to arrive early to see well. When taking a tour of the palace, you are advised to wear comfortable shoes and to bring as little belongings as possible, as you will go through an airport-style security check upon arrival. Note that while taking photographs is prohibited in the State Rooms, you can use your camera in the garden.
Aug 5 - Aug 31: Open daily 9:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. (last admission 5:15 p.m.)
Sep 1 - Sep 24: Open daily 9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. (last admission 4:15 p.m.)
The Queen's Gallery
Oct 3 - Apr 17: Open daily 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (last admission 4:15 p.m.)
Closed: Apr 14, Apr 18 - May 18, Nov 13 - Dec 7, Dec 25 - 26.
Exclusive guided tours are available on selected dates. A typical visit lasts between 2 and 2½ hours.
Changing the Guard
Jan - Mar:
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun: 10:15 a.m.
Apr - Jul:
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun: 11:30 a.m.
State Rooms + The Queen's Gallery + Royal Mews:
Over 60/Students: £36.20
Under 17: £22
Under 5: free
Official website http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/visit/buckinghampalace
Phone +44 20 7766 7300
Address London SW1A 1AA, UK
Coordinates 51°30'2.864" N -0°8'33.093" E