Buckingham Palace serves as the official London residence and headquarters of the Queen of the United Kingdom. It is part of the Buckingham Palace Neighbourhood that stretches all the way from Trafalgar Square to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. The Palace houses 775 majestic State Rooms and its private garden is the largest of its kind in London. It is guarded by the iconic footguards of the Household Regiment who frequently hold an impressive ceremony called ‘the changing of the guard’, which can be viewed on our guided day tour of London. The beautiful state rooms and gallery of the palace are also open to the public at selected times of the year. There are many tours available to Buckingham Palace, often combining a trip with other nearby places to see such as The Tower of London and The London Eye.
What to do in Buckingham Palace:
View the Changing of the Guard:
These colourfully dressed guards turn out to officially hand over the responsibility of protecting Buckingham Palace from the old to new guards. A marching band provides musical accompaniment, playing uplifting tunes. The best place to view the ceremony is by the railings in front of Buckingham Palace.
View the State Rooms:
Open to visitors only in the summer, the 19 beautifully decorated Palace state rooms are where the Monarch carries out many of her official duties, including receiving visiting dignitaries and entertaining guests. The rooms are filled with wonderful wallpaper and beautiful furniture as well fine sculptures and artwork. Also included in the visit is a viewing of the grand staircase and the throne room – a backdrop to many of the famous royal photos.
State Rooms and Gardens tour:
A visit to the state rooms can be combined with a tour of the Buckingham Palace garden, a beautiful 39 acre space with over 350 types of wild flower, a three-acre lake and over 200 trees. Gems of the tour include viewing the Summer House and Rose Garden, the tennis court and the impressive Waterloo Vase
About Buckingham Palace:
It took over 100 years for Buckingham Palace to become the official residence of the monarch in 1837. Since then it has since undergone many enlargements and renovations to become its present form of 775 impressive rooms adjoined by a large private garden. Those rooms are furnished with impressive paintings by artists including Rembrandt, Ruben’s and Vermeer. The Palace serves as the primary residence of the Queen, hosting over 50,000 guests per year, including official visits and banquets.
Tours to buckingham palace:
There are many ways to visit Buckingham Palace.
Our London Day Tour combines a visit to the changing of the guard ceremony with visits to other fabulous London sites. Start the day by visiting the Tower of London, followed by changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, England, a cruise along the river Thames, a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral and a ride on the London Eye!
Buckingham palace Opening Hours:
Changing of the Guard:
The ceremony takes place at 11.30 am. Between April and July ceremony takes place daily. Between August and March ceremony takes place on alternate days. *It is recommended to arrive 1 hour early in order to find a suitable viewing space for the ceremony
Open daily between the end of July and beginning of October. * A typical visit lasts around 2 hours
State Room and Gardens:
Visit daily between the end of July and beginning of October. Tours should be booked in advance
Buckingham palace Ticket prices:
Changing of the Guard Ceremony:
- Adult: £21.50
- Over 60/Student (with valid ID): £19.60
- Under 17/Disabled: £12.30
- Under 5: Free
- Family (2 adults, 3 under 17s): £55.30
State Rooms and Garden Tour:
- Adult: £30.50
- Over 60/Student (with valid ID): £27.50
- Under 17/Disabled: £18.20
- Under 5: Free
- Family (2 adults, 3 under 17s): £79.20
How to get to Buckingham Palace:
Address: Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA
- The nearest underground stations are Victoria, Green Park and Hyde Park Corner. Save money by buying a London Underground Oyster Card in advance.
- Bus numbers 11, 211, C1 and C10 stop on Buckingham Palace Road.