Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace, London

Buckingham Palace
4.5
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
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.
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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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anthony m
Leicester, UK8 contributions
May 2022
We visited for the garden party and it was such an amazing experience that we will never forget.
The whole experience was something that will stay with me.
Written 26 May 2022
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Kdjd
74 contributions
May 2022 • Family
Because of the Queens Jubilee you are unable to view the palace at all. The road is closed and you are unable to see any part of the front of the palace. Even getting to the palace was difficult because of closures on the road and in the park.
Written 24 May 2022
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Anthony M
9 contributions
May 2022
Everything was closed off due to preparations for the Queen's celebration. We couldn't get close enough to see anything.
Written 23 May 2022
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Maria S
Santiago, Chile3 contributions
Apr 2022
Closed as Jubilee in a couple of weeks time. Still a must see when in London as everyone loves the amazing Queen.
Written 22 May 2022
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Celia T
Canonsburg, PA12 contributions
Apr 2022
No tours going inside, so we just walked around the outside and enjoyed the flowers. The Victoria statue outside was being refurbished and had scaffold around it. But the flowers were full bloom and you really could smell them. Large gates separated you from the palace, but we were able to see the guards marching and standing at the ready. It was a can't-be-missed attraction for me.
Written 9 May 2022
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Nicolajane1112
Derbyshire, UK459 contributions
May 2022 • Family
Whilst on a trip to London this weekend, we decided to have a wander through Green Park and see Buckingham Palace. I've seen the Palace a few times on trips to London, but my daughter has never, so thought I'd take her for a quick look. We only saw from the outside and it was hard to get any quality pictures due to all the maintenance work going off at present.
Written 9 May 2022
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Loraine Oltmann
Curitiba, PR30 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Its Nice, But I only Saw outside, and its Far and has a Very huge gate and too many tourist. O recomend If you like the Queen story.
Written 7 May 2022
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Beverly M
Quincy, IL12 contributions
Apr 2022
Watched the changing of the guard and I highly recommend taking the time to do this. The respect and control they show, and precise movements of the guards is astounding.
Written 5 May 2022
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Deb
26 contributions
May 2022
Super to see the exterior of Buckingham Palace, although we missed the changing of the guard. The Royal Parks gardeners were preparing the flower beds for the next displays, and were giving away the tulip bulbs to visitors. They still have a lot more flower beds to do......
Written 5 May 2022
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Angus L
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK77 contributions
Apr 2022
We were part of the walking tour organised by the BigBus tours.
Thanks to Molly the tour guide, we saw the changing of the guard parades.
We went in April and the areas were thick with other tourist, so expect loads of crowds of people in the summer months.
Written 1 May 2022
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  • Thu - Mon 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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