Buckingham Palace Visitor Information

Visit Queen Elizabeth II's Official Residence

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••• Buckingham Palace: A Palace Guard. James Martin

Buckingham Palace, the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II, is located in the Westminster district of London within St. James Park. It is accessible from the tube and buses. Victoria Station is just to the south.

Changing of the Guard

One of the most popular attractions at Buckingham Palice is the Changing of the guard. There's even an official "Changing the Guard" app for you if you want to pass the time learning about the custom.

"Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace encompasses colourful spectacle and British pageantry. The ceremony lasts about 45 minutes and usually takes place daily at 11:30 from April until the end of July and on alternate days for the rest of the year, weather permitting." ~ Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace

Check the link above for the provisional schedule. The schedule may change at any time because it's set by the British army.

Buckingham Palace is not the only place in London where the Changing of the Guard occurs. See: When is the Changing of the Guard to clear things up..

Visiting the Palace State Rooms

At the time of writing, Buckingham Palace State Rooms were visitable in summer, from the end of July to the end of September. 9:30 to the last admission at 14.45. Tickets are available on the day of visit from the office The Ticket Office at the Visitor Entrance on Buckingham Palace Road.

Advance tickets are available from The Royal Connection. The "Royal Day Out" for example, costs £35.60 for an individual and £91.20 for a family of 2 adults and 3 under 17 year olds.

Viator offers a variety of options for tours of Buckingham Palace priced in dollars, an option you might want to check out.

You can take a virtual tour of Buckingham Palace from London Travel.

Buckingham Palace Facts of Interest

  • Buckingham Palace has been the official London residence of the British monarchy since Queen Victoria in 1937.
  • It was first opened to the public in 1993.
  • The royal Banner is set on the roof when the monarch is in residence.
  • Buckingham palace was built by the Duke of Buckingham and Normandy in 1703 and bought by George III in 1761.
  • The Neo Classical building was remodelled by John Nash in 1825.
  • Marble Arch was the entrance to the palace until it was moved to Hyde Park in 1851.
  • The Palace has around 600 rooms and is surrounded by 20 hectares of gardens.
  • While the state apartments are only open to the public in summer, the Queen's Gallery and the Royal Mews are both open to the Public for longer periods. In the Queens Gallery, you can see works of art from the Royal Collection. In the Royal Mews, state coaches and carriages are displayed, including the Gold State Coach used in every coronation since 1762. The stables are also open to the public. [Read more from the official site of the British Monarchy]
  • How to book tickets? Check out Buckingham Palace Tickets.

Tube Stations Close to Buckingham Palace

Green Park is to the north of Buckingham Palace, Victoria Station and St.

James Park stations are to the south. Hyde Park Corner is to the west.

Buses Stopping near Buckingham Palace

2B, 3, 9, 14, 16, 19, 22, 25, 30, 36, 38, 52, 73, 74, 82, 137, 509, 510.