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.

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 above.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: For inside tours only

Address: London SW1A 1AA, UK

Phone: 0303 123 7300

Official Website: Buckingham Palace


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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5 Star Rating A must see in London. Yes! It is one of the most typical tourist attractions, and there would be a lot of tourists and selfies around here. It is worth seeing. Also, there is a website for the changing of the guards. It happens around 11:30 daily. If you're coming by here you should checkout the schedule and you can see the changing of the guards.

Ellaine Escueta - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating We had a lovely people watching here on a stunning spring day! I'd make sure to keep turning around as you walk away from the palace because its grandeur can be apprecaited up close and from afar.

veronica broslawik - 15 days ago

5 Star Rating Pretty in person. Funny to see the guards do a little marching dance when someone exits the palace. Guards change at 11:30am. It’s a great meeting spot for anyone not from London, found my friend easily at the gates.

wendy chan - 25 days ago

5 Star Rating A stunning palace in the heart of London. I attended the palace for the changing of the guard. I recommend getting there early to get a great position in close the centre of the Victoria fountain. There's a lot to see, and experience so a great view point is essential. Don't forget the sun can be quite strong coming up to midday, so use sunscreen early to avoid sunburn. It's a free event. Though it may not happen every day. You can check on line to find when there are exclusions or changes to the schedule.

David Marshall - 1 month ago


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