Black metal fence at the entrance to the Buckingham Palace in London, UK
Black metal fence at the entrance to the Buckingham Palace in London, UK

Buckingham Palace

Westminster, London, Greater London, SW1A 1AA

The Basics

Buckingham Palace is one of England's most famous landmarks. You can view its opulent exterior through the gates year-round, but the interiors of the royal residence are only open to visitors during the summer.

Come in the summer, when Buckingham Palace is open to the public, for the chance to peek into the staterooms, see the Throne Room, stroll through the palace gardens, and admire masterpieces by artists such as Rembrandt and Canaletto in Queen Victoria's Picture Gallery. Don’t miss the Royal Mews—where you can see the family’s 18th-century Gold State Coach—and the Buckingham Palace Gardens.

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Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle Day Trip from London
Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle Day Trip from London
$163.13 per adult
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The tour of each was wonderful. The furnishings and paintings are amazing John was very knowledgeable. Saw the changing of the guards.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The palace is a must for history buffs and royal enthusiasts.

  • Pair a stop at Buckingham Palace with the Changing of the Guard ceremony and afternoon tea for a quintessential London experience.

  • If the Royal Standard flag is flying atop the palace, it means the head of state is in residence. During all other times, the Union Jack flag is flown.

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How to Get There

Buckingham Palace is located in central London at the heart of St. James Park, just across the road from the St. James' Park Underground Station and a 15-minute walk from the Victoria Coach Station and the adjacent Victoria Railway Station. It's a pleasant stroll from London attractions such as Westminster Cathedral—as well as the Houses of Parliament & Big Ben—and is often included as a stop on London walking tours.

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When to Get There

The best time to visit Buckingham Palace is in the late morning, when the legendary Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place. The palace interior is only open to the public during summer, usually from late July until the end of September, with tours running daily from morning until evening. While you can just show up for the Changing of the Guards, it’s wise to book your Buckingham Palace tour in advance, as tours of the interior are very popular and they do sell out.

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Nearby Royal Sites

Windsor Castle is the nearest residence to Buckingham, located just outside London. It can be visited on a quick, half-day trip from the city. Closer to the palace, Westminster Abbey is the resting place of many English monarchs and the site of some royal family weddings (including that of Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge).

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Frequently Asked Questions
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