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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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Buckingham Palace by using our London tour planner.
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  • What an amazing experience to see the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace which lasts about 45 minutes and to walk through the beautiful park across the street. One of the most exciting attract...  more »
  • The Royal Collection Trust offered special evening tours this spring when the State Rooms are closed to the public. Each tour is limited to 30 people and led by a very knowledgeable guide. There are n...  more »
  • you could make more... open to the public only from the inside in august... but doesn't have to be. it hangs on the fence like a monkey and stares at a simple building...
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  • Enjoyable for the tradition of the changing of the guard, although at some times of the year you may need to check the schedule as it doesn't always happen daily. The architecture is fantastic and the palace is a busy stop for hop on hop off tour operators so is easily accessible. Souvenirs from the various shop are good quality but quite pricey, but this is expected. The police guarding the gates can be quite funny to talk to and as they are asked questions all day long by visiting tourists; can be quite knowledgeable about the facilities.
  • I've just spent the day escorting my disabled Mum to the palace today. WOW! What a fantastic day we've had with you. The staff at the palace were just amazing and so helpful throughout our visit. No question was too daft and everyone was willing to help. Apart from the obvious highlights (the coronation gown, the Queens wedding dress and the Royal carages at the mews) driving through the front gate across the courtyard was such an amazing privilege and will never be forgotten by us. I just wanted to say a huge thank you for an amazing day! We will be back I'm sure :-)
  • I am a wheelchair user visiting from Australia and I visited the Palace during the recent summer opening. Staff were very attentive and looked after us very well. The audio guide really enhanced our experience and I thought that the "Fashioning A Reign" exhibition was very interesting and well set out. The Royal Collection Trust insist that wheelchair users must have a non-disabled person with them, in case of emergency and because the carpet is too thick to push yourself on. A thoroughly enjoyable day out.
  • Stopped by to take a look at the palace. Quick stop before going Trafalgar Square. Watch out for the horse poop on the ground.
  • A must see for any London tourist. Just looking on the outside is pretty spectacular. The tour of the inside is also quite good if you can get one when the queen isn't home.