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: Westminster, London SW1A 1AA, UK

Phone: 0303 123 7300

Official Website: Buckingham Palace

Directions

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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Reviews

Rated 4.3 out of 5

5 Star Rating Amazing. Everything i expected. You really do get taken away by it. The architecture us amazing. Definitely recomend the tour inside. Absolutely eye opening.

Stephen K - 26 days ago

3 Star Rating Quite honesty I preferred the Art covering the funky T-shirts in Piccadilly square over the pieces littering up this palace. This is for the reason that I expect to be wowed in awe at something new and fresh to my eyes when Im exploring the life that lives this far from my home and everything at the Palace was typical at most and forgettable at best. Blame it on the American stain I have been burdened with since birth from being raised by the Television and forgotten by the rest that I am not impressed with the queens linens over a shirt showing off another take on whatever it's message may have been because at least the shirt was new.

A Google User - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating The changing of the guard is rather entertaining but you are looking at spending at least 3 hours of your day to fully enjoy the show. If you are short of time other activities may be a better choice. If you are going bring some water with you, especially on sunny days. The best spots are towards the gates.

Aurelio Ogliari - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating One of the world's most famous addresses, Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the Queen of England and an item on many lists of London must-sees. The palace is a popular viewing stop on walking and biking tours through the city, located at the heart of St James Park and a pleasant stroll from attractions such as Westminster Cathedral and Big Ben.

Eric Dallemagne - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Went last year... Amazing.. A superb day.. The architecture and decor was beautiful.. Staff were amazing.. Even gave me a mobile seat as have problems walking and standing up for to long.. One of the best days out in London.. And I hope regular.. Will most definitely go again.

Paddy Frank - 2 months ago

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