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: No

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 9:30 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:30 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Thursday: 9:30 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Friday: 9:30 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Saturday: 9:30 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Sunday: 9:30 AM – 7:30 PM

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 4.4 out of 5

3 Star Rating I'll be honest, I didn't think too much of this landmark, but I also didn't spend too much time at it. My wife and I met up with her sister here and then we went off to do something else so we didn't hang around to see the changing of the guards or anything of the sort. I believe my sister-in-law saw the changing of the guard while she was waiting for us and she said it was pretty cool, but I can't personally say anything about it since I didn't see it. I feel like I needed to at least snap a few shots while I was here, but that's about all I did. There were a lot of people around, hanging about the gates and the fountains. Maybe next time we'll try to see a changing of the guards to see what all the fuss is about.

ben walker - 2 days ago

5 Star Rating Great experience and highly recommended. I visited the State rooms and gardens of Buckingham Palace. You get to tour the non residential parts of the Palace and the rooms are truly magnificent. There is an audio guide you can use which gives information about the history and purpose of each room. The whole tour itself, including the gardens, takes about 2 hours. Pictures aren't allowed inside so you really have to visit it yourself to enjoy. As a bonus, you get to revisit this for free if you stamp your ticket on exit. An adult ticket costs around £36 for this tour, the Royal Mews and the Queen's art gallery. All in all, good value for money.

Daniel Read - 29 days ago

5 Star Rating Really enjoyed this visit. Hand held audio visual guide was arguably the best I have ever used. Love the idea that your entry fee goes towards the trusts set up by the royal household. Well worth the visit, and to get to walk through the gardens was an added bonus. Staff everywhere we went we're so friendly and welcoming. Congratulations to all the background team for their displays etc. of the the Queens gifts. Lovely to see a gift from Ireland too on the occasion of the state visit by President Mary McAleese to the U.K.

Micheal Kilcrann - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Historical place; currently used by the Queen/states so can't visit everywhere. However still so much to see, to explore fully may need couple of hours. Rare collection of paintings, sculptures, gifts from other estates, the architecture and art work of each rooms are extra ordinary. Due to one of magnificent popular destination, throughout the day too many visitors goes here so buying and printing online ticket may help. Not to mention it is expensive. Be aware, Not allowed to take photo inside.

Paul Chowdhury - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating The tour of the State Rooms was magnificent! This is every bit worth the money and time. Security is efficient, and rather than a tour guide, each person is given headphones and a mini tablet meaning you can take this tour at your own speed, in your preferred language. The rooms were superb, all the staff were friendly and professional. After the tour, there are some wonderful refreshments available at the garden cafe with prices you'd expect but still affordable.

Natasha Jackson - 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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