Buckingham Palace

Enjoy a visit Buckingham Palace - home to the British Monarchy in London

East facade of Buckingham Palace
East facade of Buckingham Palace cc licensed flickr photo shared by Valdiney Pimenta

Buckingham Palace has been the official residence in London for the British monarch since 1837. It also serves as the headquarters of the administration for the Monarchy.

This massive royal residence contains 775 different rooms including nineteen State rooms which are often used by the Royal Family to host and entertain Heads of State and other officials. The Palace houses many highly valued works of art that make up a portion of the Royal Collection, one of the world's major art collections.

During your visit to Buckingham Palace you can enjoy viewing and photographing the impressive facades and the Victoria Memorial. Arrive in the morning and witness the famous Changing of the Guard Ceremony which occurs daily at 11:30am during the summer and every second day at 11:30am the rest of the year.

During August and September you can tour The State Rooms - A tour that includes the lavish State Rooms decorated with paintings and priceless scupltures by the masters as well as the Palace Garden, a private sanctuary that is home to at least 30 species of birds and over 350 varieties of wild flowers, and also a special exhibition of collectibles and/or The Royal Mews - Where the State vehicles and horses that transport the Royal Family are kept and maintained. These include motor cars and spectacular carriages including the Gold State Coach that is featured in Coronations.

Throughout the year you can also visit The Queens Gallery where you can view and exhibition of fine art items that are rotated from the Royal Collection. Admission Charges apply to the above tours and can be purchased indivually or as a package. Each of the above links will give you all the information you need.

There are many other attractions within easy walking distance of Buckingham Palace. Some of these include Saint James's Park, Hyde Park, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. These attractions can be nicely combined into a memorable one or two day walking tour.

For more information about the Buckingham Palace and the various options for tours and hours visit their official website linked below.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: For inside tours only

Directions: Buckingham Palace Map with nearest station(s) and Tube / walking directions.

Open Now: No

Hours This Week:

  • Monday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Thursday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Friday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Saturday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Sunday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Address: London SW1A 1AA, United Kingdom

Phone: 020 7766 7300

Official Website: Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace Reviews

Overall Rating: 4.3 out of 5 based on 1161 reviews. See all

5 Star Rating MY ROOF HAS A SHINGLE MISSING THOUGH ITS LEAF WAS WROUGHT IN GOLD There'S a brandy bottle missin for a week now so I'm told My crown hath emeralds missin' from some thief upnin the tower And I'd cuss A blessed Anglican if I only had the power...FROM JAMES MICHAEL AND VIVIANNE CHAPESKIE

Jim Chapeskie - 1 day ago

3 Star Rating Ohohohoh this palace is less than than my living room. But the Queen was very hospitable with me, she gave me a big breackfast with croissantes and cappuccini.

Franco Goja - 23 days ago

5 Star Rating Can't leave London without visiting the Royals! Try to find out when they have the changing of the guards. It is a tradition worth observing.

Rafael de la Vega - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating I did thoroughly enjoy having a nose through the Queen's house. It is, as one would imagine, very grand. Though a lot of the palace is obviously off limits, I was happy that we got to see a wide variety of rooms. It was busy, but there were not so many people that we were unable to take our time to look around. The gardens were also very beautiful, a world away from the hustle and bustle of Central London.

Kimberley Houlihan - 3 months ago

Buckingham Palace Map

Tip: Drag the "Streetview Man" around the map to view the surrounding area.

How to get to Buckingham Palace by Tube

Tube Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Circle and District LineVictoria12 minutes
Piccadilly LineGreen Park9 minutes
Victoria and Jubilee LineGreen Park9 minutes

From Green Park Station just make your way south through the park.

From Victoria Station walk west to Buckingham Palace Road and follow it north to the Palace.

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