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Buckingham Palace, London

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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.
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  • A very well organised tour with a free audio guide. The staff were extremely efficient, friendly and helpful. All the state rooms were beautifully presented and the two exhibitions we saw were informa...  more »
  • As someone who had never visited but watched the royals with intent the visit was definitely 5/5 for me! I felt a wave of patriotism and it was wonderful to be next to a such a historic and beautiful ...  more »
  • Great tour of Buckingham Palace and Mews, the horses and carriages were amazing, The tour inside Buckingham palace was very opulent, just amazing. You are not aloud to take photos inside the palace bu...  more »
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  • I'll be honest, I didn't think too much of this landmark, but I also didn't spend too much time at it. My wife and I met up with her sister here and then we went off to do something else so we didn't hang around to see the changing of the guards or anything of the sort. I believe my sister-in-law saw the changing of the guard while she was waiting for us and she said it was pretty cool, but I can't personally say anything about it since I didn't see it. I feel like I needed to at least snap a few shots while I was here, but that's about all I did. There were a lot of people around, hanging about the gates and the fountains. Maybe next time we'll try to see a changing of the guards to see what all the fuss is about.
  • Historical place; currently used by the Queen/states so can't visit everywhere. However still so much to see, to explore fully may need couple of hours. Rare collection of paintings, sculptures, gifts from other estates, the architecture and art work of each rooms are extra ordinary. Due to one of magnificent popular destination, throughout the day too many visitors goes here so buying and printing online ticket may help. Not to mention it is expensive. Be aware, Not allowed to take photo inside.
  • Really enjoyed this visit. Hand held audio visual guide was arguably the best I have ever used. Love the idea that your entry fee goes towards the trusts set up by the royal household. Well worth the visit, and to get to walk through the gardens was an added bonus. Staff everywhere we went we're so friendly and welcoming. Congratulations to all the background team for their displays etc. of the the Queens gifts. Lovely to see a gift from Ireland too on the occasion of the state visit by President Mary McAleese to the U.K.
  • The tour of the State Rooms was magnificent! This is every bit worth the money and time. Security is efficient, and rather than a tour guide, each person is given headphones and a mini tablet meaning you can take this tour at your own speed, in your preferred language. The rooms were superb, all the staff were friendly and professional. After the tour, there are some wonderful refreshments available at the garden cafe with prices you'd expect but still affordable.
  • Great experience and highly recommended. I visited the State rooms and gardens of Buckingham Palace. You get to tour the non residential parts of the Palace and the rooms are truly magnificent. There is an audio guide you can use which gives information about the history and purpose of each room. The whole tour itself, including the gardens, takes about 2 hours. Pictures aren't allowed inside so you really have to visit it yourself to enjoy. As a bonus, you get to revisit this for free if you stamp your ticket on exit. An adult ticket costs around £36 for this tour, the Royal Mews and the Queen's art gallery. All in all, good value for money.

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