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Buckingham Palace

The majestic palace is the official residence of British monarchs. A must-see – do not miss the Changing the Guard ceremony!

London SW1A 1AA, UK

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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.

Opening Hours

July 27 - Aug 31, 2013: Open daily 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
September 1 - 29, 2013: Open daily 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

A typical visit lasts between 2 and 2½ hours.

Admission

Adults: £19.00
Over 60/Students: £17.50
Under 17: £10.85
Family: £50.00 (2+3 under 17s)

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