Buckingham Palace
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Buckingham Palace is recognised around the world as the focus of national and royal celebrations as well as the backdrop to the regular Changing the Guard ceremony. Explore the magnificent State Rooms which are open to visitors for 10 weeks each summer and on selected dates during winter and spring. During a visit to Buckingham Palace, visitors can see the 19 magnificent State Rooms, which provide the setting for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining. All rooms are furnished with many of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection.
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Neighbourhood: Westminster
If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square, and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just up the road as well. As captivating as the architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.
How to get there
  • Green Park • 8 min walk
  • Hyde Park Corner • 10 min walk
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Kaveh
United Kingdom406 contributions
Nov 2022
A very special palace in London which everyone should see, I think. One of the most famous palaces in England, but unfortunately you cannot see inside the palace which is really annoying. Of course, there are military parades and music performances by soldiers which are fantastic and beautiful. The statues in the center of the square are fantastic. If you want to go there do not forget to take beautiful pictures. Moreover, there is a very beautiful park with old and tall trees near the palace where you can walk.
Written 24 November 2022
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Jade D
6 contributions
Nov 2022
ery well maintained place, very beautiful in the morning but not as impressive as imagined. it is a place to see but the turn is fast.
Written 21 November 2022
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dridr
Bronx, NY167 contributions
Nov 2022
Excellent tour with a knowledgable guide. Was able to see several of the various state rooms. History is fascinating.
Written 20 November 2022
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Amilcar Guzman
Harwood Heights, IL453 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
A simply must due when you visit London. We enjoyed seeing the Changing of the Guards. If you have time, I highly recommend.
Written 19 November 2022
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Ddan7777
Raleigh, NC1,258 contributions
Oct 2022
Purely by chance, my taxi (Uber) ride from Heathrow Airport to my hotel in downtown London, went right past Buckingham Palace. It is an impressive sight, reminding one of all the history that has taken place there. Yes, there was a crowd of tourists, so we had to slow down, but it was a pleasant surprise. This took place a few weeks after the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, so Buckingham Palace had regularly been in the news in the U.S.
Written 18 November 2022
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DeniseW
Birmingham, AL26 contributions
Oct 2022
Just standing at the gates or watching the changing of the guards (the complete one at midday) is a wonderful moment of enjoying the place where so much history has occurred.
Written 17 November 2022
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David G
Whitburn, UK458 contributions
Nov 2022
Went to see Buckingham Palace recently while in London. Place was packed with lots of tourists watching the upcoming change of the guard. Real buzz around this place as normal and great to see
Written 17 November 2022
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Glenn Corbett
32 contributions
Oct 2022
You always here that “I thought it would be bigger” that’s exactly how we felt. There is more pageantry to the gates than the palace. Unfortunately we missed changing of the guard. Center statue was more impressive.
Written 16 November 2022
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kai a
1 contribution
Nov 2022 • Couples
We went for a tour of the palace State rooms. We had Mandy Komlosy as our guide! If you ever get the chance to request her, do it! Your experience will be the best you’ve ever had!! Not only was her knowledge faultless…but her delivery was exceptional! Incredibly funny! Her quick wit was absolutely fantastic! And because of how easy she made the tour, I learnt so much!!! Probably more about our royal family in 90 mins than I have in my whole life! And I’m an avid royalist so that’s saying something.

The tickets allowed us to get 20% off in the gift shop, which made a huge difference but I also thought the prices of the gifts were incredibly reasonable! They gave you a guide each for free as well, although we completely forgot to collect after being mesmerised by all the pretty gifts(I’m hoping if I email they may post one to me.)

Overall the tour was incredible. Upon walking in my bag was searched and I had to show the my grandfathers medals that were in my bag that we had taken for the remembrance days service the day before. The gentleman on security stood and spoke to me about my medals which in turn made me feel so warm and welcomed but special that we acknowledged my granddad on such a memorable weekend (thank you to who ever that was) xxx

Everyone was super friendly, and fun and made the it so enjoyable but with extra special mention to Mandy, who, to be honest, for me, made the tour!

Thanks everyone. What a fantastic weekend!
Written 13 November 2022
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holidayhoney65
Chessington, UK848 contributions
Sep 2022
We visited the palace to pay our respects following the death of the queen. We did not realise the evening of our visit that the queen was coming home to lay in rest for her last night at the palace, so when we found out we waited to show our respects. The palace looked absolutely stunning as the sun went down, the gates, the monuments in front of the palace looked even more regal than normal. There was a large crowd that had gathered, and the atmosphere was respectful and friendly. During our wait the royal guards came back from rehearsing for the funeral I would suspect as there was so many of them and that was a sight to see. Even from the outside you cannot fail to be impressed by the beauty and stature of the palace.
Written 11 November 2022
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