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Buckingham Palace, London

Buckingham Palace’s 19 state rooms are open to visitors during August and September while the Queen makes her annual visit to Balmoral.

The State rooms house some of the Royal family’s greatest treasures including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Poussin and Canaletto. They are also exquisitely furnished with some of the finest French and English furniture.

Visit the spectacular Palace Ballroom and see the traditional horseshoe-shaped table lavishly decorated for a State Banquet. On display you can see the silver gilt from the Grand service, first used to celebrate the birthday of George III in 1811 as well as jewelled cups, ivory tankards, chased dishes, sconces, shields and basins.

The end of the tour takes you along the south side of the Palace’s gardens with views of the west front of the Palace and the lake.

The Changing of the Guard takes place in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace at 11.30 every day in summer, every other day in winter, and lasts about 45 minutes.

The New Guard marches to the Palace from Wellington Barracks with a Guards band, the Old Guard hands over in a ceremony during which the sentries are changed and then returns to barracks. The New Guard then marches to St James's Palace leaving the detachment at Buckingham Palace.

The nearest tube stations are Green Park, Victoria, Hyde Park Corner and St. James's Park.

Opening Times

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Ticket Prices

The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace
(includes audio guide)

Adult £15.50
Over 60/ Student (with valid ID) £14.00
Under 17 £8.75
Under 5 Free
Family £39.75 (2 adults and 3 under 17s)

A Royal Day Out
(The State Rooms, Royal Mews and The Que

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Disabled Facilities

Buckingham Palace provides a wide range of assistance for visitors with disabilities.

Wheelchair-users are asked to book ahead by telephoning the Ticket Sales and Information Office.

Full details are available on the website or by e-mailing

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More Information

Telephone: 020 7766 7300

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The Official Residences of The Queen

Hotels & Accommodation

Rubens At The Palace Rubens At The Palace
39 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 0PS
Distance: 0.2 miles
Crowne Plaza London St James Crowne Plaza London St James
45-51 Buckingham Gate, London, SW1E 6AF
Distance: 0.2 miles
Thistle Westminster Thistle Westminster
Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 0QT
Distance: 0.3 miles

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