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Buckingham Palace, London

Buckingham Palace is the Queen's official London residence and is used to receive and entertain guests on state, ceremonial and official occasions for the Royal Family. The palace was originally built in 1705 for the Duke of Buckingham.

The Palace is located between The Green Park, Hyde Park and St. James's Park.

State Rooms, Ballroom & Gardens
Buckingham Palace's 19 state rooms, ballroom and gardens 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 and the finest French and English furniture. Visit the spectacular Palace Ballroom and tour the Palace gardens with views of the west front of the Palace and the lake.

There is an entry fee and tickets are limited so you should book ahead if possible. Find out more about the State Rooms, Ballroom and Gardens

Changing the Guard
The Changing the Guard ceremony takes place in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace at 11.30 every day in summer, every other day in winter.

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 ceremony lasts about 45 minutes and is free to watch. Find out more about Changing the Guard

Victoria Memorial
The Victoria Memorial is the golden statue of Queen Victoria which sits in front of the Palace facing down The Mall

The Queen's Gallery
The Queen's Gallery is a permanent space dedicated to exhibitions of items from the Royal Collection, the wide-ranging collection of art and treasures held in trust by The Queen for the Nation.

Only a small part of the collection is on display at any time so the objects on display are continuously rotated making it worthy of repeat visits. Find out more about The Queen's Gallery

The Royal Mews
The Royal Mews houses the State vehicles used by the Royal Family for coronations, State Visits and royal weddings

The stables are also home to the horses that take part in The Queen's official and ceremonial duties.

This requires a ticket for entry. Find out more about The Royal Mews

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to Buckingham Palace?
Victoria railway station and underground are with in walking distance of the palace. Bus numbers 11, 211, C1 and C10 stop on Buckingham Palace Road.

What is the nearest London Underground station to Buckingham Palace?
The nearest tube stations are Green Park, Victoria, Hyde Park Corner and St. James's Park.

When is Buckingham Palace open to the public?
The Palace is open throughout August and September annually.

When can I see the Changing the Guard ceromony?
Changing the Guard takes place at 11:30 daily from May until the end of July, and on alternate days for the rest of the year, weather permitting.

How do I get tickets to visit Buckingham Palace?
You can book Buckingham Palace tickets online, or at the gate. It is advisable to buy on line as there may be a considerable queue at the gate. Bear in mind you are allocated an entry time and you will not be allowed to change this.

Opening Times

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Ticket Prices

Combination tickets are available at discounted rates.

The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace (includes audio guide)
Adult - £17

Changing the Guard
Adult - Free

The Royal Mews
Adult - £7.75

The Queen's Gallery
Adult - £8.75

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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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