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. Take a look at our London trip itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Buckingham Palace and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
Tours to Buckingham Palace
The Original Tour London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $45
Duration: 20 to 120 minutes
Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $134
Duration: 9 hours
Buckingham Palace Reviews
Un incontournable de Londres, le lieu est splendide mais il y a trop de monde, ça n’est que mon ressenti personnel mais j’ai trouvé que ça faisait un peu machine à cash surtout quand on passe par la b... more »A must-see in London, the place is splendid but it's too many people, it's just my personal feeling but I thought it was a bit cash machine especially when you go through the shop on the way out. For a historical visit, I preferred the Tower of London which is more authentic.
The palace state room are opening to the public for two months a year. A must see if you a chance. We were in awe of the inside! more »
The Tour smashed the Versailles tour to bits and pieces. So much more organized and easy to navigate. The audio was interesting and informative. They gave you sneak peeks into the Royal life and the lives and personalities of the monarchs. It is so beautiful and elegantly decorated. It is elaborate and filled with splendor but it is also very formal and demanding of respect. They give you a tour of 15 rooms as well! Very worth it. I loved Buckingham. Will come again.
Iconic London landmark, official residence of the British Monarchs. We visited the State Rooms with a multimedia guide which is available in 9 languages. During the visit you can see the rooms that are used for ceremonial occasions and official entertainment, really splendid rooms which are furnished with treasures of the royal collection. At the end there is a short walk through the gardens to the exit. It is a family-friendly visit. Photographs are not allowed inside the palace.
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