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 photo 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.

From July through October 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 above.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: For inside tours only

Address: London SW1A 1AA, UK

Phone: 0303 123 7300

Official Website: Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Last week, I had the incredible opportunity to visit the iconic Tower Bridge. The experience was nothing short of breathtaking, as I admired the the stunning views of the palace and the wonderful guards . The history and architecture of the palace left me in awe, and the walk along the green park was an exhilarating experience. If you're in London, a visit to this palace is an absolute must. The combination of engineering marvel, history, and panoramic views make it a truly unforgettable attraction.
sufi chomwl - a week ago

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5 Star Rating You must see the Changing of the Guards! Get there about an hour early and then ask the police officer where is the best place to stand to see the festivities. We did that and stood our ground. We were in a great place. Even tours came and stood behind us. We could hear everything they were saying so it’s like we came in on the tour for free. On the day we visited, someone had tried to breach the palace gates. They had driven through one of the beautiful gates! Therefore, it was completely boarded up. Amazingly, news reporters were everywhere. But they were not speaking about the crazed person who drove through the gates. All the news was about Princess Kate’s photo shopped Mother’s Day photo. Poor Kate… she cannot make a move without it being scrutinized. For the record, I thought her photo was beautiful. Happy Mother’s Day Princess Kate and to all the other mothers worldwide!
Adrienne J - a week ago

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5 Star Rating Visiting Buckingham Palace in London is an absolute must-have on any traveler's list of attractions. This iconic residence not only serves as the administrative headquarters of the Monarch but also stands as a symbol of the British monarchy's history and tradition. Its grandeur and historical significance make it a fascinating destination for visitors from around the globe. Buckingham Palace's stunning architecture and the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony are sights to behold, offering a glimpse into the ceremonial aspects of the monarchy. The opportunity to explore the State Rooms during the summer months is a highlight, allowing visitors to witness the opulence and artistry that define the British Royal Family's residence. A captivating tidbit about Buckingham Palace is its "secret" tunnel network. Rumors have long circulated that a series of tunnels connects Buckingham Palace to other key locations in London, including the Houses of Parliament and Clarence House. While the full extent of these tunnels remains a mystery, they add an element of intrigue to the already fascinating history of the palace. With its rich history, architectural beauty, and the allure of royal ceremonies, Buckingham Palace is more than just a tourist spot; it's a testament to Britain's monarchy and a living piece of history. Whether you're drawn to the splendor of royal residences or interested in the traditions of the British monarchy, Buckingham Palace promises an unforgettable experience. Make sure it's on your list when visiting London – it's an essential part of the city's charm and heritage.
Łukasz H Hylla - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Buckingham Palace, nestled near Max Park, exudes grandeur and history. Its iconic facade and regal surroundings make it a must-see attraction in London. While access to the interior may be limited, the exterior alone is awe-inspiring. Visitors can witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony, adding to the allure of this majestic landmark
Maria Santimone - in the last week

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5 Star Rating Visited this iconic location early in the morning to witness the guard change. It was an interesting sight, but the area was extremely packed with people, which made the experience somewhat overwhelming. Still, it was quite an enjoyable time spent amongst other eager sightseers. Remember to arrive early for a good spot!
Md Soleyman - a month ago

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

How to get to Buckingham Palace by Tube

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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