When visiting London, you simply
must see the place where British monarchs reside! Built in 1703 for the Duke of
Buckingham, it was claimed an official palace of the British Royal Family in
1837 by Queen Victoria. Visitors come from around the world to marvel at its
beautiful façade, magnificent interior, and large royal gardens. There are
775 rooms in the palace, with the main attraction being the State Rooms which
are used for public purposes – mainly meetings of the Royal Family with
important guests. The most famous of these rooms are the Throne Room and the
Music Room. Another popular place is the Picture Gallery where you can admire an
extensive collection of art. Exhibitions differ from time to time. There are
also receptions organized for the Queen and her guests.
One of the most enjoyable events at Buckingham Palace is the Changing the
Guard ceremony, where regiments change their duties. Usually, it takes place at
11:30 a.m. every second day.
There are a lot of things to see in the palace, so make sure you give
yourself enough time to see it all—at least two and a half hours! At the end
of your tour, you can have a cup of coffee in the Garden Café and you can do a
spot of shopping in the Garden Shop. There is no dress code for tours. You
should be prepared for an airport-style security check when entering. Big
luggage will be stored during your tour and can be reclaimed after it. Do not
carry knives or sharp objects with you. You are not allowed to eat, drink, or
take photographs in the State Rooms and your cell phone should be switched off.
You can enjoy taking photos in the gardens.
Getting to Buckingham Palace is quite easy. If traveling by train or the
London Underground, get off at London Victoria Station. Other nearby stations
are Green Park and Hyde Park Corner. They are of the same proximity to the
palace. The nearest bus stop is frequented by buses 11, 211, C1 and C10.
Victoria Coach Station is also within walking distance.
The State Rooms: 09:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
A typical visit lasts between 2 and 2½ hours.
Over 60/Student: £17.50
Under 17: £10.25
Phone: +44 20 7766 7300