Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Buckingham Palace is recognised around the world as the focus of national and royal celebrations as well as the backdrop to the regular Changing the Guard ceremony. Explore the magnificent State Rooms which are open to visitors for 10 weeks each summer and on selected dates during winter and spring. During a visit to Buckingham Palace, visitors can see the 19 magnificent State Rooms, which provide the setting for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining. All rooms are furnished with many of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: Westminster
If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square, and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just up the road as well. As captivating as the architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.
How to get there
  • Green Park • 8 min walk
  • Hyde Park Corner • 10 min walk
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,419 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Palace's intricate decorations are impressive
    Buckingham Palace can often be seen as the backdrop for the spectacular Changing of the Guard. We were very impressed by the horsemanship and precision of this colorful ceremony. To gain admittance to Buckingham Palace, one should make an advance booking. The Palace's intricate decorations are impressive, the entrance fee is modest for what you get.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 July 2023
  • HINA W
    Islamabad, Pakistan7,367 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow!
    Buckingham Palace is what Queen Elizabeth II used to refer to as the office. Windsor castle is the country cottage of the British monarchy. The Palace was built in 1702 as the residence of the Duke of Buckingham. King George III was the first royal to take control of this property. His son George IV commissioned John Nash to glorify this building but the first monarch to officially move to this palace was Queen Victoria. She was living with her dominating mother, in the Kensington Palace, when she found out one morning that she had become the queen. So she moved out immediately to the Buckingham Palace and started living there. The Palace is enormous. It has is 775 rooms, 40 acres of gardens, an Olympic size swimming pool, a clinic, a post office, tennis courts and even a helipad. Queen Victoria was the first monarch to use the balcony to greet the public. I loved the fact that Buckingham Palace is one of the few working royal palaces in the world today. We toured 19 staterooms. Do not miss this palace.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 July 2023
  • FLnurseER
    Boca Raton, Florida5,236 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    19 magnificent state rooms
    I booked our timed tickets online, then printed them, and on the day of our visit had them stamped and converted into one year pass for free. The entrance for visitors was on the left side of the palace, we came 15 minutes early and were directed right in. After the airport style security check, during which we were asked to check in our umbrella, there was a station to pick up a free audio guide and after mounting the famous staircase, the one way tour of beautifully ornate state rooms, picture gallery and throne room began. There was a number of security personnel making sure no photographs were taken, however no one was rushing us, all were polite. A number of benches along the way allowed visitors to rest and fully enjoy the view, at no time the rooms felt too crowded. At the end of the tour we stopped at the outdoor cafe, had no problem finding a table, 2 chocolate cakes, 2 hot chocolates and a coffee were about $20. Toilet facilities a short walk away from the palace were clean, lots of stalls available, no lines, a little further along was a large gift shop that we did not visit. The tree lined path toward the exit winds along a lake, very pleasant walk, and at the end of it was a lady with a stamp that validated our printed tickets to annual passes. The closest metro station to the exit is Victoria station.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 July 2023
  • Railene
    Budgewoi, Australia283 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Experience a piece of living history
    Touring the State Rooms is a wonderful opportunity to experience living history. The space, the furnishings, the decor, the art - were all nothing less than spectacular! The Buckingham Palace precinct itself was impressive. Each gate .. entrance .. the Mall .. gardens .. Queen Victoria monument and the Palace itself are all very imposing and overwhelming. I was fortunate to see part of the Changing of the Guards and loved the canon fire!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Siana A
    London, United Kingdom52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Buckingham Palace
    A must seen in London if you are in the UK and close to the West End theatre land of London , Parliament houses of Common and the major shopping destination and the great views and scenes in London . There is the London Eye to get a great view of London. You might be able to see the changing of the guards at White hall near No 10
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled on business
    Written 28 July 2023
  • caroline B
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom125 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Avoid the restaurant if you want any level of service
    Visited to see the coronation robes, chairs, carriage and screen, having visited in numerous times before. The robes were magnificent, the palace as beautiful as ever and the guides were very helpful. However, when we visited the restaurant for tea and cake, things went downhill. The woman who served us was surly and rude (no name badges are worn, sadly) there was no please or thank you to any customer she served, £6:50 for a dry eclair was a step too far and sitting at a dirty self- clearing table didn’t impress. Will visit the palace again but don’t bother with the restaurant
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 July 2023
  • Ssiscool
    Gloucestershire, United Kingdom128 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go for it.
    Excellent. What more can you say, visited the state rooms as a birthday gift for the wife. Very impressive, very grand and very very elegant. Staff were friendly and attentive but also very vigilant in regards to the use of phones and taking pictures. You have to go thru enough security to make airports seem lackluster but everything runs as smooth as silk. This areas you get to see have so much history and you can even finish your trip off with afternoon tea in the Palace gardens. Other than that it's worth every penny. Do it
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Beckyone
    Winter Garden, Florida189 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place
    Going inside the palace was well worth the money we paid for tickets. There is an airport style security check, but that is to be expected. No food or drinks are allowed inside, even water. I watched King Charles being crowned on tv, and most of the clothing he and Camilla wore were on display (even her shoes!). You have access to 19 rooms but must stay in the roped area. You do not get close enough to touch anything. The furniture and decor are stunning. Photography is not allowed inside and there are a lot of people every few feet to watch you. An audio guide is available for free and you can purchase a souvenir book to use. I chose the book because it had pictures. You must have an advanced reservation to go inside. You are given a time with a 15 minute window to arrive. You are free to walk the grounds around the palace for free, but be forewarned, the are some very inviting chairs in front of the palace. There is a charge to sit in them. You can easily miss the sign. There is a long walk to get to the palace. You get there through the gardens, which are quite nice. There is a souvenir shop at the end of the tour and the prices were very reasonable.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Emma
    Nottingham, United Kingdom106 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-see for visiting London!
    We didn't go inside or have a tour (no time!), just visited from outside the gates. It was just great to visit somewhere that we had only seen on the TV up until then. We took a few photos and spent some time taking it all in at the The Queen Victoria Memorial as the whole area was incredibly busy with visitors from all over the world.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Kristi N
    Muskegon, Michigan46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous!
    Not knowing you can tour the palace in July and August until we arrived in London, we were thrilled to be able to find tickets online for it after a long search. Definitely look for tickets early. The state rooms were stunning. Wish we could have taken pictures. You can only walk a portion of the garden walk, but it was very pretty.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 5 August 2023
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Sopan Hurali
Mumbai, India23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
It was a great experience. Although too many people visit the place, it is kept well. The people of UK are very good, they give proper direction to tourists.
Written 21 June 2024
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Maria
London, UK2 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Couples
Astonishing views, fabulous garden, took a stroll around central London, was impressed of the viewing. Met some handsome, well - dressed Kings guard, took a photo next to it's horse. 5th time coming here, will come back again.
Written 21 June 2024
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Norm the Nomad
Australia1 246 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Absolutely a ‘must see’ place to visit. If you time it correctly I guess you can go on the tour. Unfortunately we only saw it from afar (ie the gate) but still it was a wonderful place to visit. And the surrounding areas are wonderful to walk around. Terrific.
Written 20 June 2024
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jabberwockies
Mandeville, LA464 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
It was very crowded when we were there with a ridiculous amount of tour groups. It was easy to walk by, take photos, but be cautious around the amount of people. It is a spot where thieves/pickpockets can flourish. I never understand why some people go to the fence to take photos and then just stand there afterwards, blocking the access to other tourists who want to do the same thing. Worth going by and seeing, and there are many nice paths in the area to walk.
Written 11 June 2024
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Jessa38
Killarney, Australia107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
As grand as you would
Expect . Didn’t see the king !
Grounds leading to the palace are beautiful. Not
Too many people that day so was good.
Written 10 June 2024
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Pratham D
Dublin, CA17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Went to visit Buckingham Palace to view the changing of the guard. The ceremony was set to begin at 11:00 AM. However, preparations for the ceremony get underway around 10:30 AM so try to arrive an hour early. There are several places to stand. Ensure you stand in a direction where you can look into the palace. (There are several set-ups facing away from the palace and you miss the entire ceremony).
Written 8 June 2024
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Braindamagedbaron
Newark-on-Trent, UK995 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
It's a big old house, detached as well.
No noisy neighbours here with loud music leaking through the plasterboard walls. The garden is a bit of a full time job as well, a ride on lawn mower is strongly advised because you'll need a really long extension lead without one. Update your garden waste bin to the largest size and have a word with the local council, because you'll never get all the grass from one cut in a single bin.
Parking for a few cars with absolutely no on street space at all. Apparently you'll be clamped in seconds if you park for long outside this bad boy.
200+ bedrooms offer plenty of choice for a good nights kip and there's no shortage of bathrooms either. The heating bill is astronomical, so beware. You might want to whack some solar panels on the roof ASAP.
Written 28 May 2024
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vanessa
Manchester, UK26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
It was such a crazy experience! Unfortunately the changing guard ceremony wasn’t on due to marathon. I still explored around and took pictures ! It’s crazy how big it is!
Written 27 May 2024
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gfsc5
Perth, Australia1 786 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is probably the best known palace in the UK and, as a result, it attracts lots of tourists. Good for photo ops but not a lot to see other than an impressive building and surrounds.
Written 26 May 2024
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Joshane615
Australia591 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
What else can you say except wow! Really was a dream come true for me to visit the palace. We didn’t see the changing of the guards, but there were two guards out the front and they were constantly manoeuvring around. The fountain in front of the Palace was beautiful too.
Written 25 May 2024
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