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

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

4 Star Rating I only saw it from the Charles Statue at the end of The mall but it was an amazingly beautiful view.

Stefan Hansen - 5 days ago

4 Star Rating Nice and interesting place to visit. Make sure to check the guard changing schedule and go there if you have the chance... It's an intreeging thing to see.

Svetoslav Dobrev - 21 days ago

4 Star Rating I did the State Room Tour in September 2016. Unfortunately, that's all you get to see are a couple of rooms, including the Throne Room and the Ball Room, and some art. If you are wanting to see some of the bedrooms, or see the Royal Balcony, then sadly you will be very disappointed. A nice touch were the free electronic audio guides, which were multilingual. You are also not allowed to take pictures of the interior of the palace, so forget bringing your DLSR with you. If you are only going to be in London once, and you desperately want to see inside Buckingham Palace, I think you will be disappointed, and better things to see. If you had a day, I would do one of the free walking tours around London which is about 3 hours long. More interesting, get to see parts of London you would not usually see, photo friendly, and is "free" (they like a tip at the end the guides).

Robert Davies - 28 days ago

5 Star Rating Really beautiful, in the morning too many people but you get to see the guards with their uniforms, at night not so many people but you don't get to the see the guards with uniforms, I recommend going at both times.

Riduan Gonzalez - 29 days ago

4 Star Rating Where: Buckingham Palace - London What: The home of the reigning monarch of the UK How was it: It's nice to see the details in the fence (black and gold), the security guard uniforms and the Palace itself. We walked down ''The Mall'' which was painted in red and led all the way to the Palace. There is so much to see in London, but this is one of those things that needs to be on your list. Grade: Eli = 4, Serge = 4 Recommend: Yes, make time for this.

Discovering Destinations - 4 months ago

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