Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
4.5
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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, Australia14,085 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Palace is always impressive
    "Buck House" as it is often called in London is not the king's home, it is his office. The late Queen's home was in Windsor. You can tell if King Charles is in residence at Buckingham Palace if the Royal Ensign is flying. I have visited the Palace several times and it is always impressive.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 19 March 2023
  • Victoria Campbell
    Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom374 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Delighted to see the Queens home before we lost her!
    So pleased I visited here before we lost our dear Queen. We got the full shebang tickets, so we had a Japanese artifact exhibition first. When we visited the toilets before the main event, there was molton brown hand wash giving us a real sense of class to the visit. We didn't have to wait long to get in, and we were very much left to our own devices to work our way round. The palace is absolutely stunning, and a highlight was seeing our queens and Phillips chairs. Also, there was a special jubilee exhibition that had much of the queens jewels were on display. Frustrating there is a no photography rule. I considered the trip to be very good value for money.
    Visited July 2022
    Written 21 March 2023
  • LBek242
    Canberra, Australia31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tour of Palace
    We did a guided tour inside the palace. Whilst expensive, this was a highlight of our trip to London. It is so amazing to see rooms up close, the artwork and key pieces of British history. Highly recommend!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 April 2023
  • Victoria B
    Raleigh, North Carolina1,632 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    "Marching Men with Fuzzy Hats"
    We visited just before the Queen croaked, so there were crowds, but nothing crazy. My oldest little enjoyed watching "the marching men with the fuzzy hats" in front and climbing up on the Victoria Memorial. My little had fallen asleep. The walk from Trafalgar Square is so beautiful and it's a good spot to see!
    Visited August 2022
    Written 11 April 2023
  • Clodge
    Turks and Caicos93 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular
    In awe of the opulence and grandeur. Saw changing of the guard as an added bonus , a truly remarkable experience. Unbelievable the extravagance behind closed doors and the wealth of history normally hidden from view. The palace isn’t always open to visitors so when it is be sure to take the advantage and go see.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 April 2023
  • Calicia L
    Minneola, Florida50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A absolute must visit when coming to London
    What can you say about Buckingham Palace? It was so incredible to be just be standing right there at the gates and just think about all the history that has passed through them. First time I remember even noticing the royals was when Prince Charles got engaged to Princess Diana. I remember seeing them on the balcony and all the balcony appearances over the years. Im not sure if the road there is closed permanently or of it was closed for the coronation but it was so nice to be able to walk around. I could have stood there for hours just soaking it all in. This is an absolute must when visiting London.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 29 April 2023
  • osnoopy13
    Lilburn, Georgia287 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Saw the Changing of the Guard Ceremony
    You have to visit Buckingham Palace during your visit to London. The Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place a couple of times on certain days. It only lasts about 30 minutes but lots of fun and something you don't want to miss. Came back another day to take pictures of the Palace because there is just too many visitors to get close to the gates on the days of the ceremony. This is where Prince Charles and royal family will visit during the new coronation event. Huge place and did not get to go inside, but loved seeing it from outside.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 5 May 2023
  • Kevin
    Mountain View, California89 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool to see in person, but can be crowded
    I just went to see the exterior of Buckingham Palace, nothing fancy like the changing of the guard ceremony. Even though I went in the late afternoon/early evening on a weekday, there was quite a bit of people around the gates (but I imagine it would've been MUCH more crowded if I went earlier). Cool to see the palace in person, but nothing too much else. If you do want to see the changing of the guard, it probably would be extremely busy.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 11 May 2023
  • Ken V
    Charlotte, North Carolina564 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just an eeh!
    Have seem this palace for decades, always watched the Queen come out and waive to crowd, well I imagined something totally different. While still a beautiful building, you would have thought they would have cleaned up the area before King coronation. Maybe they did!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 May 2023
  • June
    Singapore, Singapore42 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful view
    It was very interesting to see the palace up close and it is indeed as majestic as it seems on the media! I wouldn't spend too long here, just take a couple of pictures and soak in the sights before moving to your next destination. I would recommend spending about less than an hour or so here unless you wish to watch the guard changing ceremony which would be very crowded so please be careful of your belongings.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 5 June 2023
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pab
Peak District National Park, UK216 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Very much enjoyed the guided tour with Sarah and found it all very interesting.
Even better in the shop as there was a sale on certain things and then we could get a further 20% off as we did the tour. That’s the presents sorted!
If you want you can get future entry for free in the summer to do your own headset guide tour and also explore the gardens (which we couldn’t ) So all in all, probs good value for money overall if you decided to do that.
Not allowed photos though so had to be stored in the memory banks 👍 and also disappointed we couldn’t go on the famous balcony and wave at the crowds. Lovely touch that the thrones are recovered to save the planet….hilarious!🤔
Written 26 February 2024
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nozzzzz2015
Worcester, UK186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We went on a guided tour, they run these in the winter months. Max group size of 30.

You go around with 3 guides, one does the majority of the talking as you go around. Phil was our main guide & he was superb. Very knowledgeable with loads of amazing facts about the palace & its history.

So nice to go around in a small group seeing the various staterooms without ropes in the way as well and loads of people. Well worth paying for this tour as it was just superb.

Nice shop to have a wander around in after as well. Maybe update the guide book as its still set up with the queen in mind not the king!
Written 26 February 2024
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NNWSLARRY
Newport News, VA619 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
The tour guide took us on a bus to see the changing of the guard, because of that he entire area was packed. Once they were finished we walked over to the gate to see Buckingham Palace, we could not get any closer. We spend way too much time waiting to see the guard ceremony. It was interesting but it least I can say I got to see it. The park was interesting to walk thru.
Written 24 February 2024
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Timtom124
Manchester, UK411 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Visited yesterday (22.02.24) you cannot go to London without visiting this place, grand place. We spotted some activity with police motorcycles entering the palace so had a feeling something may happen, 15 mins later a few royals left under escort, something you don’t see every day and we got a wave also. What more could you ask for?
Written 23 February 2024
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acs1984
Cockermouth, UK1,649 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We had a walk to Buckingham Palace and had a look around the outside through the fence. Our daughter aged 5 wanted to visit to see where the King and Queen lived. I think she thought we were going in to see them but I told her they weren't in that day! It wasn't that busy around the palace gates so we were able to have a good look and take some photos.
Written 21 February 2024
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Glenn K
Brisbane, Australia73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Only the state rooms were open to the public. The audio guide with the supplied headsets was quite good. You could also ask questions of the many staff in each state room. Lunch in the Palace Cafe was excellent and very good value. The Palace shop was well-stocked too with many varied items relating to the monarchy, especially Queen Elizabeth. Our only thing we regretted not doing was a walk around the Palace Gardens.
Written 19 February 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
PROS
* Iconic extremely important symbol of the British royalty
* Admire the building and see the famous balcony where the family greets the commoners

CONS
* Always crowded and congested where people congregate outside the big iron gates
* Often not much going on inside the parade grounds

"I VISITED THIS PLACE"...
... because a visit to London is not complete without doing that.

I walked to it through St. James's Park and then entered Green Park when I left. A few days later, I returned on a rented Santander Cycle from South Kensington via Hyde Park.

There isn't much to do there other than walk around, avoid other gawkers and steer clear of traffic, or go to the Victoria Memorial which is directly opposite.

I walked the length of the building twice, taking many photos with the intention of posting them here on tripadvisor.

Apparently I was so absorbed in that mission that a non- native English speaking tourist from another country approached me and got into my personal space to ask what to do since he had lost his passport. I immediately took three big steps backwards and looked right left and behind me to see where were his scam accomplices. But no, he was real and told me that he had approached me because he had seen the diligence and focused meticulous way that I scoured the entire building, observing everything and taking carefully framed and composed photos and he therefore assumed that I was a palace official (right- dressed the way I was, with a mini backpack and American-style but plain unmarked baseball cap...).

And then I remembered this again-

During my previous visit in 1978, I told the guard inside the gate on the right side that I had traveled from the United States in order to "sign the Queen's guest book" and then was duly escorted into the front paved parade grounds of the palace property and into the front room (all the while under close supervision). It was fun then to be a young long haired and somewhat disheveled backpacking student and enter the Palace grounds while all the other tourists stood outside and watched me through the large iron gates as I entered Buckingham Palace through a main front door. Those were the days.... never to return....

Then in 2016, I presented myself to the policeman stationed inside that same gate that I had entered in 1978 and told him the same exact thing- that I had come from the U.S. to sign the Queen's guest book. He looked at me confused, so *I* explained what had happened in 1978 (probably before he was born). He responded that that's not done now.

And by the way, I didn't stand there for the changing of the guard- that's better done watching on the street.

WAS IT WORTH THE COST?
Sure- standing on the street is free

WOULD "I VISIT THIS PLACE" AGAIN?
Sure- as stated above, "a visit to London is not complete without doing that."

ADVICES
* Come and enjoy standing in front of this British royal palace
* Consider taking a tour if it's in season (expensive)
* Consider watching Horse Guards Parade and the marching on the Mall rather than standing here for the Changing of the Guard ceremony
Written 18 February 2024
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Ian M
34 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
I attended the ''Exclusive Guided Tour'' which lasted around 90 minutes.
We were taken through a series of impressive rooms and informed of their uses and history from our very knowledgeable and friendly guides (who I give 5 stars).
The rooms were all familiar having seen them multiple times on TV so it was great to actually be in them. My favourite was the picture gallery which was hung with so many masterpieces.
I can only give three stars because at £95 per ticket, I felt it was seriously over-priced.
It concerns me in an age where everyone is parading their 'inclusive' credentials' that so many people who would love to do this particular tour are being excluded because it is simply beyond their means.
Written 17 February 2024
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J0009
Edinburgh, UK28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
An amazing 90 minute tour round the State Rooms of the Palace. Our guide was superb and all the staff are polite, friendly, well informed and efficient. The Palace is magnificent and the art on display is beautiful. It was fascinating to see behind the façade.
Written 15 February 2024
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rebeccataylorDOVER
Dover, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Buckingham Palace, one of Britain’s most iconic buildings is the official residence of King Charles III. It offers a historic art collection, beautiful gardens and perhaps the most majestic staircase in the world. Very interesting!
Written 12 February 2024
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