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Review of Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace
Ranked #20 of 1,827 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Buckingham Palace serves as both the office and London residence of Her Majesty The Queen. It is one of the few working royal palaces remaining in the world today. During a visit to Buckingham Palace, visitors can see the nineteen 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. A visit also includes entry to the special exhibition, A Royal Welcome.
Reviewed 23 July 2014

There are many people who question the cost of the Royal family to the country yet do not see the value they bring so they should just look at the queues for the summer opening of the State Rooms at the Palace. You get timed tickets which should stagger the hoards but if you get a slow group ahead of you then be prepared to jostle a bit with many others who have made the trip.

The rooms are, as you would expect, full of fantastic artifacts and objects which are a delight. the State Dining room is a favourite of mine due to the fact that the table, although so long, looks far too short in height but it is an optical illusion due to the height of the ceiling I guess.

The route takes you through the Art gallery - wow such special paintings, and then out into the garden before taking you through some purpose built shops where you can by virtually anything you can think of with a royal emblem on it.

Great experience though I would not think you would want to do it too often as I suspect the art changes that often.

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Reviewed 23 July 2014

Quite a crowd, and it gets a bit boring if you stay longer than 10 mins, but its a must see though isnt it,,, if you go about 10.30 in the morning you will see the changing of the guards, just be there early so you can get a good spot by the palace gates,

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Reviewed 23 July 2014

20 years ago I was able to watch (from a distance) the changing of the guards. This trip, our family walked by Buckingham Palace in the evening and hung out at the gate watching the guards. It was much more entertaining. Just don't stick your head through (my daughter did as a joke, then panicked when she couldn't get out momentarily).

Thank JLoPDX
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Well... not really the Queen but in her front yard. :-) We saw the Tour de France in July and we watched it in front of Buckingham Palace. This is another of those must see places in London and the fact we saw the Tour de France made it even more interesting. Go see the Palace, watch the changing of the guard and take lots of pictures. Then go somewhere else, because thats about all there is to do.

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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Ok-shouldn't have to convince anyone that if in London go to Buckingham Palace..So whith that said-Changing of the Guard is at 11:30 but if you miss it don't lose your mind-there still are guards in the big wooly hats marching back and fourth so you'll get the jist of it. Look for the flag-If it's up- she's in.

Thank Leviathan808
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