Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
4.5
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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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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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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  • Calicia L
    Minneola, Florida50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A absolute must visit when coming to London
    What can you say about Buckingham Palace? It was so incredible to be just be standing right there at the gates and just think about all the history that has passed through them. First time I remember even noticing the royals was when Prince Charles got engaged to Princess Diana. I remember seeing them on the balcony and all the balcony appearances over the years. Im not sure if the road there is closed permanently or of it was closed for the coronation but it was so nice to be able to walk around. I could have stood there for hours just soaking it all in. This is an absolute must when visiting London.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 29 April 2023
  • osnoopy13
    Lilburn, Georgia289 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Saw the Changing of the Guard Ceremony
    You have to visit Buckingham Palace during your visit to London. The Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place a couple of times on certain days. It only lasts about 30 minutes but lots of fun and something you don't want to miss. Came back another day to take pictures of the Palace because there is just too many visitors to get close to the gates on the days of the ceremony. This is where Prince Charles and royal family will visit during the new coronation event. Huge place and did not get to go inside, but loved seeing it from outside.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 5 May 2023
  • Kevin
    Mountain View, California91 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool to see in person, but can be crowded
    I just went to see the exterior of Buckingham Palace, nothing fancy like the changing of the guard ceremony. Even though I went in the late afternoon/early evening on a weekday, there was quite a bit of people around the gates (but I imagine it would've been MUCH more crowded if I went earlier). Cool to see the palace in person, but nothing too much else. If you do want to see the changing of the guard, it probably would be extremely busy.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 11 May 2023
  • Ken V
    Charlotte, North Carolina565 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just an eeh!
    Have seem this palace for decades, always watched the Queen come out and waive to crowd, well I imagined something totally different. While still a beautiful building, you would have thought they would have cleaned up the area before King coronation. Maybe they did!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 May 2023
  • June
    Singapore, Singapore42 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful view
    It was very interesting to see the palace up close and it is indeed as majestic as it seems on the media! I wouldn't spend too long here, just take a couple of pictures and soak in the sights before moving to your next destination. I would recommend spending about less than an hour or so here unless you wish to watch the guard changing ceremony which would be very crowded so please be careful of your belongings.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 5 June 2023
  • pfefmeister
    San Francisco, California3,046 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a Look
    Nice walk over to Buckingham Palace, though we did not have tickets to go in. We settled for photo opportunities standing in front of the gate. The palace itself looks like a cold and unimpressive place to live - hopefully, there are nice gardens out back. Lots of activity around the Queen Victoria Memorial as I found that to be more impressive. Missed the changing of the guard, but noticed people queuing up to observe.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 June 2023
  • lamarbradley
    Nashville, Tennessee1,206 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Closed to the Public during our visit
    This was on our Evan Evans tour and it was nice to see this, although we knew it was closed to the public at this time, it was still nice to be able to visit the square and see the palace from the outside. A large crowd outside as this is a popular tourist destination, and a must do if you are in London. They were working on the gardens when we were there, so we didn't get any good photos of them.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 19 June 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,409 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Palace's intricate decorations are impressive
    Buckingham Palace can often be seen as the backdrop for the spectacular Changing of the Guard. We were very impressed by the horsemanship and precision of this colorful ceremony. To gain admittance to Buckingham Palace, one should make an advance booking. The Palace's intricate decorations are impressive, the entrance fee is modest for what you get.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 July 2023
  • HINA W
    Islamabad, Pakistan6,566 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow!
    Buckingham Palace is what Queen Elizabeth II used to refer to as the office. Windsor castle is the country cottage of the British monarchy. The Palace was built in 1702 as the residence of the Duke of Buckingham. King George III was the first royal to take control of this property. His son George IV commissioned John Nash to glorify this building but the first monarch to officially move to this palace was Queen Victoria. She was living with her dominating mother, in the Kensington Palace, when she found out one morning that she had become the queen. So she moved out immediately to the Buckingham Palace and started living there. The Palace is enormous. It has is 775 rooms, 40 acres of gardens, an Olympic size swimming pool, a clinic, a post office, tennis courts and even a helipad. Queen Victoria was the first monarch to use the balcony to greet the public. I loved the fact that Buckingham Palace is one of the few working royal palaces in the world today. We toured 19 staterooms. Do not miss this palace.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 July 2023
  • FLnurseER
    Boca Raton, Florida2,809 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    19 magnificent state rooms
    I booked our timed tickets online, then printed them, and on the day of our visit had them stamped and converted into one year pass for free. The entrance for visitors was on the left side of the palace, we came 15 minutes early and were directed right in. After the airport style security check, during which we were asked to check in our umbrella, there was a station to pick up a free audio guide and after mounting the famous staircase, the one way tour of beautifully ornate state rooms, picture gallery and throne room began. There was a number of security personnel making sure no photographs were taken, however no one was rushing us, all were polite. A number of benches along the way allowed visitors to rest and fully enjoy the view, at no time the rooms felt too crowded. At the end of the tour we stopped at the outdoor cafe, had no problem finding a table, 2 chocolate cakes, 2 hot chocolates and a coffee were about $20. Toilet facilities a short walk away from the palace were clean, lots of stalls available, no lines, a little further along was a large gift shop that we did not visit. The tree lined path toward the exit winds along a lake, very pleasant walk, and at the end of it was a lady with a stamp that validated our printed tickets to annual passes. The closest metro station to the exit is Victoria station.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 July 2023
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Mira H
10 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We only visited from the outside and I'm not going to lie, it was pretty lame and kind of ugly. It does not look like a palace at all, there are more beautiful looking buildings around London that look more like a palace than this place. It was too crowded, making it very hard to get good pictures. I thought it was very boring, even the place for horses looked much better than this.
Written 21 April 2024
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laneyislay
Isle of Islay105 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
We visited London when the Palace wasn't open for tours but we popped along to see it anyway - you can't go to London and not see Buckingham Palace. I'm glad we saw it but it was a bit underwhelming. We saw the Palace, took photos of the area and walked back up the mall.
Written 20 April 2024
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still2shy
Folsom, CA7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Spent a couple of hours with William guiding us about the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace. He did an amazing job sharing the details and history of the Palace and her grand rooms. I have to say that I was captivated by her elegance. Each room had its own signature. I know I have a favorite room which will your’s be? I won’t give it all away but there are many thrones inside that are each unique to their Monarch! Lastly the Palace Staff were very patient and kind given that I fumbled my reservation. They took the time to help me get it sorted. Thank you for a lovely experience! 💂🏰🇬🇧
Written 16 April 2024
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Gregory K
Adelaide, Australia56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
It was interesting
It’s my second time here
And I keep forgetting to book palace tour tickets 6 months in advance
I can book for July this year from today
Also be quick tickets get sold in minutes
Written 14 April 2024
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Christopher C
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
A must for everyone tourist or not. The history is just amazing.
Buckingham Palace was bombed during World War II.
Although the British government advised them to get out of London during the Second World War, King George VI and his family chose to remain in Buckingham Palace. As his wife Queen Elizabeth put it, “The children will not leave unless I do. I shall not leave unless their father does, and the king will not leave the country in any circumstances, whatever.” She honed her pistol-firing skills by shooting at local rats. Before the Axis Powers surrendered, German bombers scored nine direct hits on Buckingham Palace.

If the union jack is flying it means the King is not at the palace so the day we visited the king was no in.
Written 5 April 2024
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adam sams
Battle, UK299 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Recently went for a little trip to London to have a look round. We wandered down to Buckingham Palace actually wasn’t as busy as I thought still looks very nice. We went to the park next door where they have some marvellous birds. There was a herring and lots of pets, such a lovely place still very well maintain
Written 4 April 2024
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Iris Espinoza
Bridgnorth, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the British monarch and a symbol of royal grandeur. Witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony, explore the State Rooms, and stroll through the beautiful gardens. A visit to this iconic palace is a quintessential London experience.
Written 4 April 2024
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Dobby
Nashville, TN18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I mean, when in Rome, right? Err, uh, London. It's worth coming to take a picture with the palace and Queen Victoria statue.
Written 31 March 2024
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Shelly4Shore
Melbourne, FL64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Enjoyable few hours touring the staterooms and learning more about the palace. Such a unique experience! Our guides were clever and informative and made the afternoon special.
Written 28 March 2024
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Travel25346533585
168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Pure Class and Elegance. England knows how to put on Granduer. We even witnessed the famous Changing of the Guards. Naturally we took many photos which I share with you here. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring water. There is plenty of walking, and waiting if you wish to watch the World Famous Changing of The Guards
Written 26 March 2024
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