Does the Queen live at Buckingham Palace?
Yes, Buckingham Palace is the Queen's official residence. She also spends time at Windsor Castle and Balmoral.
When can I visit Buckingham Palace?
Buckingham Palace is open to the public during the summer months when the Queen is not in residence, usually between August and September. Find out about this year's Buckingham Palace Summer Opening and book your tickets. If it’s out of season, take a look at our alternatives to visiting Buckingham Palace.
What can I see at Buckingham Palace?
Highlights of the Buckingham Palace tour include:
- The 19 beautifully decorated State Rooms, used for receiving guests and official functions
- The Throne Room - often used as a backdrop for royal wedding photos
- The magnificent Grand Staircase
- The special exhibition, which changes each year
- Fine art, including works by Canaletto, Rembrandt and Vermeer
- An audio tour by Prince Charles!
Where is Buckingham Palace?
Buckingham Palace is located in central London. 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 10-minute's walk away.
Are the Royal Mews and The Queen’s Gallery part of Buckingham Palace?
Both 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, or as part of a combined ticket. Both venues are open for most of the year, including when the palace itself is closed.