Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
4.5
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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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  • 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, Georgia289 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, California91 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 Carolina565 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
  • pfefmeister
    San Francisco, California3,044 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a Look
    Nice walk over to Buckingham Palace, though we did not have tickets to go in. We settled for photo opportunities standing in front of the gate. The palace itself looks like a cold and unimpressive place to live - hopefully, there are nice gardens out back. Lots of activity around the Queen Victoria Memorial as I found that to be more impressive. Missed the changing of the guard, but noticed people queuing up to observe.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 June 2023
  • lamarbradley
    Nashville, Tennessee1,199 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Closed to the Public during our visit
    This was on our Evan Evans tour and it was nice to see this, although we knew it was closed to the public at this time, it was still nice to be able to visit the square and see the palace from the outside. A large crowd outside as this is a popular tourist destination, and a must do if you are in London. They were working on the gardens when we were there, so we didn't get any good photos of them.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 19 June 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,329 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, Pakistan6,566 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, Florida2,809 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
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Been_There_Just
London, UK4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The palace and St James Park are must-see for any visitor to the UK. The architecture is stunning, and the historical significance is captivating. The park is so beautiful particularly in Spring, Summer season. However, I felt the constant threat of pickpockets significantly detract from my experience there. Please keep alert and take care!
Written 21 March 2024
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sfarland
Flagstaff, AZ34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Nice weather and it was so nice to see the palace without the changing of the guard. I’d definitely go back and visit the palace if I make it to London again.
Written 20 March 2024
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helensims61
Wark, UK511 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Came to London on a mystery tour weekend. Got 6 hours to look around, not been here for years so took a walk to the palace. A lot of people around but didn't stop me seeing all I wanted. Well worth going to take back some memories in photos
Written 18 March 2024
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GrandTour62647034552
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
I just love coming back here year after year to see the state rooms and the amazing themed exhibition set up there in. That would be incomplete though without seeing the Royal Mews and the King’s Gallery as part of a Royal Day out, worth every penny.
Written 11 March 2024
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Judy H
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We did the special children’s tour, it was great. Had an excellent guide, Maddy, who made the tour fun, friendly and memorable. From stories about the 2 clock maintaining the 300 clocks to the gold gilder, she made history come alive. Our grandchildren, 4 & 7 really enjoyed the tour and learned a little.

We visited Versailles recently and they are both beautiful, but Buckingham Palace pictures were in good condition, with the old varnish removed, allowing the features to shine through. No dust was visible. The rooms were furnished and ready for visiting dignitaries. It is a gem, worth the visit.
Written 9 March 2024
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BigDez33
Edinburgh, UK388 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
The Boss lives here and it's great! Depending on time of day and year there is always something to see from the gates/fence.

Watch out for traffic when trying to get the selfie out front ;)
Written 6 March 2024
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AustintoBoston
Boston, MA339 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
I was fortunate to visit in September when the palace opens certain rooms to the public. Definitely buy your tickets well in advance - we delayed a little bit and a few weeks later our options were significantly more limited, even 2 months out. Buckingham Palace is one of those "iconic" London structures, so it is surreal to visit the State Rooms inside. I will say that I expected more rooms to be included in the tour. In general there aren't many, and the audio guide keeps you moving at a good clip. It was crowded, and ventilation was poor on an unusually warm day in the city. Toward the end there was an exhibit on King Charles' Coronation, with the robes and regalia on display. Pretty cool to be able to visit an active palace that still holds relevance in 2024.
Written 5 March 2024
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GoPlaces52234705166
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
got to go because i was very interested in the property, BUT I asked the tour guide if they could give me a price range on it and they said that the buckingham palace is not on sale, and its safe to say i was PISSED! WHY CHARLIE WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
Written 4 March 2024
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1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Taking a virtual stroll through the Leonardo da Vinci Art Gallery at Buckingham Palace was beautiful! The virtual tour made me able to see up close the Leonardo's iconic masterpieces. Each artwork is presented in detail and it has cool features like zooming in for a closer look and measure in real time. Highly recommend!
Written 4 March 2024
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pab
Peak District National Park, UK240 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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