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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Tours to Buckingham Palace
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Duration: 9 hours
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$88 BOOK WITH VIATOR Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max
Duration: 2 hours
Buckingham Palace reviews
Very basic walk around the roped off lawn area….disappointing…took us 20 minutes to walk around the ropes off lawn area…£3.50 for a cup of tea…. more »
We spent a lovely warm and sunny 3 or 4 hours in the Palace gardens. We felt very special being able to stroll around on the well manicured lawn and surrounding paths, seeing views you would only... more »
You book the tickets online with an option to do the Garden Highlights tour. We decided we'd just do our own walk around the gardens then have our picnic. But what we didn't know is if you didn't... more »
These places are full of history. Very old buildings but still looks new and shiny. You visit any time this place is full of rush so that's why we went in evening around 11 12 pm. You can feel that how the queen live here and how close you are that time. Very maintained buildings and the surroundings. This is the main attraction also.
A majestic sight. Centuries of history in front of you. It’s worth taking the guard change tour to get the full experience. The surrounding gardens and square are stunning.The summer Buckingham Palace tour was amazing. I love the history of the palace and seeing all the gorgeous rooms. It was amazing to see the inside of the palace. Definitely book very early the tickets sell out very quickly. The gift shop in the front and back have some nice stuff! Highly recommend this if you are going to be in the London area in the Summer.Its just breathtaking and beautiful! There are so many things that i can write about, but nothing can compared with a visit. Its ideal to spend one day of your life to experience and admire the glory of this world heritage monument!
Lucky to have visited London in August because the palace isn’t open year round. When the queen is away for vacation in Scotland, you can tour the staterooms of her regular residence. We bought tickets online in advance and saved ourselves time waiting in that line. The front gates are a short walk from the tour entrance and a great place to enjoy people watching, the Queen Victoria monument, and on some days- the changing of the guard. That’s where we waited until the specified entry time on our tickets. Expect a short line through airport like security and a lot of walking with stairs. It was worth it. The palace is beautiful, rich with antiques, art, and history. Provided with the tour is an audio guide where you can hear Prince Charles talk about his youth in the palace. There was a Queen Victoria exhibit during our visit (August 2019) with stunning drawings she and Albert made along with dresses and the children’s clothes. I loved it! This is not to be missed.
Buckingham Palace is a remarkable part of British History. A must see for all tourists and even locals. It really is impressive to see first hand. Also the local area is a delightful place to walk around and soak up. Seeing the changing of the guards is pretty cool. I also got to witness a big display if chariots, etc, enter the grounds.
Palace is a remarkable part of British History. A must see for all tourists and even locals. It really is impressive to see first hand. Also the local area is a delightful place to walk around and soak up. Seeing the changing of the guards is pretty cool. I also got to witness a big display if chariots, etc,
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