Buckingham Palace

The sun sets behind Buckingham Palace which is lit with a golden glow
Visit Buckingham Palace with a special opening each summer. Credit: Jon Reid. Image courtesy of Jon Reid.
Visit Buckingham Palace, the former London residence of Queen Elizabeth II.

About

Buckingham Palace is one of the few working royal palaces remaining in the world today.

What is there to see?

During the summer and on selected dates from November to December and at Easter, visitors can tour the 19 State Rooms, which form the heart of the Palace. These magnificent rooms are decorated with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Canaletto. Read about the top 10 things to see on a Buckingham Palace tour.

The Royal Mews and The Queen’s Gallery are part of the Buckingham Palace site, but have their own visitor entrances and so can be visited separately. Both venues are open for most of the year, including when the palace itself is closed.

Try to time your visit to see Changing the Guard, a popular free event which takes place outside Buckingham Palace on certain days from 10.45am and lasts around 45 minutes, with the actual handover taking place at 11am. Be sure to arrive early to secure a spot with a good view.

How can I get tickets? 

Book your tickets for the Buckingham Palace summer opening 2023 now

Tickets to visit Buckingham Palace on a guided tour (on selected dates) must be booked in advance via the Royal Collection Trust's website.

Where is Buckingham Palace?

Buckingham Palace is located in the City of Westminster in central London.

How to get to Buckingham Palace

The closest Tube stations are Victoria, Green Park and Hyde Park Corner. Several buses also stop nearby. If you are arriving by coach, Victoria Coach Station is only a 10-minute walk away.

Who lives at the palace? 

Buckingham Palace was Queen Elizabeth II’s residence in London, as well as her administrative headquarters. The monarch often received members of the Privy Council, foreign and British Ambassadors and High Commissioners, bishops, senior officers of the Armed Services and the Civil Service.

It is yet to be confirmed whether King Charles III will live at Buckingham Palace.

Many of the royals also hold private apartments here and use the palace as their London home base.

How long does it take to tour Buckingham Palace?

It takes between two hours and two hours and 30 minutes to explore Buckingham Palace. Guided tour times may differ.

Why not tick off some of London's other key royal locations with the Royal Walking Tour, Changing of the Guard, or pair your visit with a traditional afternoon tea aboard a double-decker bus

If you're looking for an alternative to Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle is a royal residence close to London which is open all year round. See Windsor castle tickets and tours (including coach tours)*.

Prices

Child Ticket £16.50 per ticket
Concession Ticket £19.50 per ticket
Adult Ticket £30.00 per ticket

Venue Details & Map

Buckingham Palace

Address
Buckingham Palace
Westminster
London
SW1A 1AA
Telephone:
+44 (0)20 3123 7321
Email
[email protected]

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