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


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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Rated 4.5 out of 5Buckingham Palace Star Rating

5 Star Rating Beautiful grounds surrounding the Palace and Green Park next door. Amazing fountain with sculptures front the Palace. Can see the guards through the ornate gates out front. Look for positioning of the flag which will indicate whether the Queen is in the Palace or not. Crowds always seem to be around. Good to peruse and explore and the massive road leading in and parks lining it are places to rest and people watch. If in London, you need to check the box and come here.

Peter Gregg - 1 day ago

5 Star Rating Surprisingly not a terrible amount of tourists but they are there. It's as nice as they make it out to be on TV. You feel some type of way knowing that the Queen is maybe less than a football field away. Great views all around.

David Han - 2 days ago

4 Star Rating I was surprised by how cool the palace was. It was my first time only standing outside a palace without being able to go inside, and I missed the changing of the guard, but it was still worth the trip. The palace gates are gorgeous, and you can get some nice pictures with the large central statue.

Morgan Fletcher - 3 days ago

5 Star Rating Lovely place to visit for any tourist. Even on a wet and cold day it attracts hundreds of people. Lots of police in the area to keep you in check. It's hard to get a decent pic as there is so many people in the area. The changing of guard ceremony is nice to see and is very traditional.

Ronnie Ince - 15 days ago

5 Star Rating Absolutely beautiful palace. I love the architecture and old style of these buildings. The British royal family is a symbol of Britain's history and culture. Palace guards still parade and change posts with a ceremony regularly. Is lovely to watch and take pictures of this area. The gardens are immaculately groomed daily and are always picturesque.

MARK JONES - 1 month ago


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