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Buckingham Palace, London

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Buckingham Palace serves as a splendid reminder of the monarch's continued importance in British culture. If you visit during August or September, you'll have the opportunity to tour the palace's opulent staterooms. The queen receives and entertains guests and conducts special ceremonies in these spaces. Many of the furnishings date back to the 1830s, when King George IV transformed Buckingham House into a palace. On your tour, you'll learn how the monarch uses each of the 19 staterooms, hear colorful history relating to these spaces, and see numerous works in the British royals' art collection. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes, because the tour lasts from 2-2.5 hours and stretches out over 0.8 km (0.5 miles). Photography is not permitted inside. If you visit outside of August and September, you can still watch the changing of the guard outside the palace. Take a look at our London trip itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Buckingham Palace and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • We just decided to go and see the Palace. But being a Saturday, there were a lot of people! Unintentionally we were there at 11am where the changing of the guards occurs. As such people surge to the g...  more »
  • Last week Sunday myself my brother and wife were all entered into the cancer research 10k run from Trafalgar square in London. After crossing the finish line at near Whitehall walking distance from Bu...  more »
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  • 5 Star experience in Buckingham Palace. We booked the Buckingham Palace tour months ago so we could see it over the Holiday break. They only offer this tour for a few weeks in the summer and winter when the Royal family is out of town. All I can say was it was worth every penny. The tour feels very exclusive. You enter through the side of the palace, check your coat, and meet up with your tour guides. 3 guides take ~20 people through the palace explaining the rooms, the history, and the artifacts / art within. It was breathtaking and probably the best thing we did while in London. The tour was ~2 hours and at the end they offered us all Champagne and 20% off in the gift store. Its not a cheap tour at ~90 pounds but I felt we got our money worth and saw something few people get to see. Also in the end they walk you out in groups of 6 out the front door of the palace in front of everyone outside the palace gates. A nice touch to end a magnificent experience. :)
  • This is Buckingham Palace! It’s one of the most beautiful places in the world! Apart from the fact that this is the Queen’s official residence in London, this is also one of the most famous places in the world. I recommend this to anyone even though if you cannot enter into this building (only open to public during summer times). It’s fantastic and just absolutely amazing. The palace exudes class, luxury and beauty. Truly recommended!
  • One of the greatest sights to marvel at in London. A palace with a rich Royal history and relevant present, it's magnificent timeless architecture and how it fits into its surroundings add to it's classic beauty. If you want to see just one thing in London, this surely must be it, much like the Palace of Westminster, representing both the past, present and future of Britain simultaneously in the most fantastic fashion.
  • 5 Star experience in Buckingham Palace. We booked the Buckingham Palace tour months ago so we could see it over the Holiday break. They only offer this tour for a few weeks in the summer and winter when the Royal family is out of town. All I can say was it was worth every penny. The tour feels very exclusive. You enter through the side of the palace, check your coat, and meet up with your tour guides. 3 guides take ~20 people through the palace explaining the rooms, the history, and the artifacts / art within. It was breathtaking and probably the best thing we did while in London. The tour was ~2 hours and at the end they offered us all Champagne and 20% off in the gift store. Its not a cheap tour at ~90 pounds but I felt we got our money worth and saw something few people get to see. Also in the end they walk you out in groups of 6 out the front door of the palace in front of everyone outside the palace gates. A nice touch to end a magnificent experience. :)
  • What a palace! Very good architect! Good place to go with family and friends. Good maintenance clean place near the palace very nice river view and many birds. Really good place to visit
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