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Buckingham Palace

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Buckingham Palace.

Buckingham Palace features in these preplanned City Guides:

1-day London City Guide3-day London City Guide5-day London City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • One of London's best recognized landmarks
  • Home to the present Queen

Time required: 30 minutes

Phone: +44 20 7766 7300

Web site: http://www.royalcollecti...

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
July 23 - Oct 3: 9:30am - 6:30pm

Admission:

Ticket type Charge
General: 17.5 £
Students, 60+: 16 £
Children (5- 17): 10 £
Child (under 5): Free

Public transport:

  • District Line: St.James's Park station
  • Circle Line: St.James's Park station

Address: 13 Buckingham Palace Rd, Westminster, London SW1W 0, UK

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Photo: wallyg

Things you need to know:

  • Buckingham Palace was built as a town house for the first duke of Buckingham in 1705 and extended into a palace by George IV between 1824 and 1831
  • It is home to the present Queen. It has been the official London residence of Britain's monarchs since 1837
  • It houses 775 rooms and has a staff of around 300
  • If the royal flag is flying, it means that the queen is at home
  • It is used to receive and entertain guests on state, ceremonial and official occasions

What to do there:

  • Admire the palace through the gates
  • Do not miss the golden statue of queen Victoria on the square in front of the palace
  • If you arrive at the right time you can enjoy the traditional Guard Change

Tips & Insights:

  • The Guard Change takes place in front of the castle at 11.30am daily from April until the end of July and on alternate days for the rest of the year, weather permitting
  • The 19 State Rooms, the Royal Mews and The Queen's Gallery are open to the public each year for most of August and September while the queen is in Scotland
  • You can book your ticket online

 

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Buckingham Palace features in these preplanned City Guides: