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

Open Now: Yes! Some attractions may restrict entry prior to their closing time.

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 9:15 AM – 7:45 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:15 AM – 7:45 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:15 AM – 7:45 PM
  • Thursday: 9:15 AM – 7:45 PM
  • Friday: 9:15 AM – 7:45 PM
  • Saturday: 9:15 AM – 7:45 PM
  • Sunday: 9:15 AM – 7:45 PM

Address: 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

2 Star Rating Interesting but crowded and expensive State Rooms visit; skip the changing of the guards! Every year, the queen goes up to Scotland on vacation for a couple of months in the summer, so they open up the State Rooms in Buckingham Palace for visits while she's away. While it's interesting to get inside the palace and see the rooms where the queen greets and hosts foreign dignitaries, the tickets are seriously overpriced, especially considering the number of people they pack in each self-guided tour (the word "sardines" comes to mind...). You get an audio guide that tells you about some 15 different State Rooms in the palace. As appears to be typical while visiting such establishments in the UK, photographing in the palace is regrettably not allowed. Every day or other day, the Guard is changed at 11:30 (in August, it's every other day on odd-numbered days). This is SO crowded, it's best to just avoid. Unless you're there to grab a spot at the fence by around 10:45, you have no chance of seeing anything. If you get there close to 11:30, there will likely be several rows of people lined up all along the fence, and the same across the street along the whole length. It's just crazy and in my opinion not worthwhile.

Igal Nevo - 5 days ago

5 Star Rating 4 or 5 Stars? Well, the Buckingham Palace is THE place to see when you're traveling for the first time to London and seeing the change of the guards and possible the parade. But beware, in a short time the place is surrounded by many (!) people. Well. Take your time to walk from Trafalgar Square on "The Mall" to the Buckingham Palace and maybe back (through the St. James Park) to the Horse Guards Parade, then down to the Downing Streets. Its also possible to see the "Queens Gallery, Buckingham Palace". Small tip: at Belgravia, 54 Eaton Square there you can see the house where Gone with the Wind star Vivien Leigh has lived. The last actress who lived there was Luise Rainer (The Great Ziegfeld, The Good Earth) who passed away 2014 at Age of 104.

R Toni - 13 days ago

3 Star Rating Worth going for a quick visit, but just not much to see outside the gate. The palace does not look exactly like a palace, and I guess most people just take a few photos and go. Some do enjoy time on the pasture outside the gate, like how you enjoy any park. The change of guards is the highlight but you have to check when it may be take place.

AMH Siu - 25 days ago

5 Star Rating A wonderful experience to visit such a historic place. The best time to visit is around 10am and you can leisurely walk around the palace for about 2 to 3 hours and conclude it with lunch. There is a sprawling garden at the palace which you are free to explore. Photography is strictly prohibited inside the palace. The art collection and the royal gifts that were received is most coveted. The palace is not included in the London Pass but specific tours like Golden Tours do offer exclusive entry inside the palace.

Neha Wasnik - 29 days ago

5 Star Rating Great British heritage. World renowned and a great part of London to visit. Extremely busy during peak times of the holiday season. The changing of the guard is a must. Well worth a trip to see.

Brian Membry - 1 month ago

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Learn more about the history of Buckingham Palace in this 5 minute video slide presentation

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