Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace, London

Buckingham Palace
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks
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
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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The area
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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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Bo C
24 contributions
A monument of London
Sep 2021
A great and monumental place to visit especially when the weather is nice. Being surrounded by several really nice parks, a nice place to visit.
Written 19 October 2021
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Si'
Leicester, UK642 contributions
If you are passing...........
Aug 2021
Worth a visit i guess if you are passing.
Went here on a Saturday early afternoon, the area had a heavy metropolitan police presence which is to be expected. There were a few demos going on as well as a army veteran march.
Quite busy also with people, again, to be expected what with it being a tourist attraction.
Written 18 October 2021
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FLnurseER
Boca Raton, FL2,516 contributions
Good time to visit, not crowded.
Oct 2021 • Couples
We went to see the Change of Guard on a Monday, arrived after the initial walk-through of the troops. There were about three rows of people scattered along the fence, I was incredibly surprised that not one person had a photo stick except me. I managed to get some incredible pictures of the troops in front of the palace. there was plenty of room for everyone to see. The Victoria Memorial was almost empty, the best place to see the Palace from. At the end of change your guard one set of troops went off to the barracks and the other one went down the Avenue, great photo opportunity for everyone. The icing on the cake for us was the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment walking by as well. The entire area is heavily guarded by metropolitan police in cars, horseback, bikes and on foot. The Buckingham palace is closed to inside tours at this time.
Written 16 October 2021
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Jess
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK132 contributions
Beautiful
Aug 2021
Loved seeing Buckingham Palace up close. Excellent to see the Guards and so many people enjoying themselves. Lovely gardens outside too
Written 6 October 2021
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caelchamberlain2
Bridgend, UK45 contributions
Brilliant attraction for all ages
Oct 2021 • Couples
We went during the marathon race so it was expected to be very busy , however you could still get some very nice picture of the front of the palace and see the amazing structures within
Written 4 October 2021
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Ruth M
1 contribution
Excellent value for money
Jul 2021
Just to offset the negative reviews of the Garden at Buckingham Palace, I’d like to say that I had a wonderful time. I was able to visit in early July, on a rare perfect day for the UK (neither too hot nor too cold). My ticket cost £16.50, and for that, I felt it was wonderful value to be allowed to roam free around the Queen’s back garden in a space that would normally be occupied by thousands of people at a garden party. Due to COVID, it was relatively deserted, so I was able to spread out my picnic blanket on the grass and enjoy a quiet, relaxing afternoon. A couple of the things I would have liked to have seen were fenced off, but there were plenty of interesting things to see in the immediate environs of the palace, and the staff on hand were polite and knowledgeable. The facilities were clean, and there were options for food if needed. I bought an ice-cream. Given the reputation of Buckingham Palace internationally, I think they could have charged a great deal more, so I think it is to the RCT’s credit that they have kept costs to a minimum to enable everybody to visit this national landmark.
Written 25 September 2021
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Lou
1 contribution
A great time had by all
Sep 2021
We all enjoyed it - me, my partner, our daughter (11 years old) and my mum. You’ve a chance to be in the grounds of Buckingham Palace! Not sure why so many people are complaining, surely that’s the main point of going?! We saw many areas to enjoy and lots of the planting is deliberately more natural (in response to other comments on lack of colour). We spoke to most of the friendly guides and found out plenty of interesting things, like that point. Trevor, Will and Leslie were particularly good. Perfect weather, about 21 degrees and sun/cloud. I can see if it was too hot or cold that it might detract from the experience. The food was expensive (but most places are in London) but delicious. We had a picnic on the lawn, loads of space, and ice cream on the terrace, joined the guides chats at various times and stayed about 5.5 hours. Wonderful to relax and enjoy the surroundings.
Written 25 September 2021
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Alan C
Sittingbourne, UK261 contributions
Not much to see in the gardens
Sep 2021
We visited the gardens, not the palace and we found them very disappointing. Acres of lawn and a few flowers in the borders. Half of the gardens were roped off so a lot we just could not see. Better to visit St James' Park opposite - and that is free.
Written 24 September 2021
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tina w
Whitstable, UK606 contributions
something different
Sep 2021
we went on a sunny afternoon ,from moment entered walls took about 20 mins for security checks ,
was amazed how quiet it was in the gardens ,as others said not alot to do but sit eat walk look .we paid extra for private gardens ,only a small walk past roses trees and large pot , worth doing as you would always be curious ,
we walked around gardens circular walk ,had coffee card sonly no cash taken ,and sat on the terrace plenty of seats ,nicer view
gift shop on way out
yes was worth going for the experience .
Written 24 September 2021
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Carter Sarah
France15 contributions
Beautiful park
Sep 2021
We had come for a walk in the lovely park, many families with children, we had not had the chance to see the queen
Written 22 September 2021
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