Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace Road, London

4.5

Buckingham Palace is the London residence and administrative headquarters of the monarch of the United Kingdom. It is located in the City of Westminster. The palace is centre of state occasions and royalty. Originally known as Buckingham House, the building at the core of today's palace was a large townhouse built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703. Buckingham Palace finally became the principal royal residence in 1837, on the accession of Queen Victoria in. 1837. Now this is the Palace where royal family waves to crowds from the balcony. Buckingham Palace is the Queen’s official and main royal London home.. Queen Victoria was the first to live there. The Palace has 775 rooms and around 400 people work in the Palace. Ballroom, built in 1854 is the largest room in the palace. The palace has over 77,000 m2 of floorspace area. The Buckingham Palace consists of different houses, among them Goring House, Arlington House and Buckingham House. The Palace is full of royal gardens, designed by the medieval architecture. Behind the palace is the large and park-like garden, which together with its lake is the largest private garden in London. There, the Queen hosts her annual garden parties each summer, and also holds large functions to celebrate royal jubilees. It covers 16 ha, and includes a helicopter landing area, a lake, and a tennis court.

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Open Hours:

  • Sun

    09:30 - 19:30

  • Mon

    09:30 - 19:30

  • Tue

    09:30 - 19:30

  • Wed

    09:30 - 19:30

  • Thu

    09:30 - 19:30

  • Fri

    09:30 - 19:30

  • Sat

    09:30 - 19:30

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  • Emily The Weird Water

    5
    - 26 July 2018 -

    I went into the place on the state tour and it was brilliant. This might be somewhat biased due to the fact I'm English and I love my country but I'd do it all again. There were a lot of paintings of British Monarchs and other royals- recent and old. All of them had this odd beauty to them and definitely had a lot of time and effort put into them. As well as the paintings there were a lot of other rooms such as a ball room, dining room and music room (with a gold piano). All of the palace is elegant and beautiful. The staff are also nice and helpful. If you wanted you could also use a tour guide which came in a multitude of languages such as French, Italian and Spanish (a lot more too). Once you left you could get lunch in the palace garden (sandwiches,scones and ice cream etc) and also tea and other drinks. Once you finished there you can go to the gift shop (which is fairly expensive). Due to the fact Megan and Harry's wedding was recent there were quite a bit of M&H themed items. Once you finished you can get ice cream (comes only a few flavours like chocolate, strawberry, mint choc chip, vanilla, caramel, mango and a few more). Finally you can either see the gardens (which was a separate tour) or you can go and see the rest of London.

  • Iain Macpherson

    5
    - 26 July 2018 -

    A fantastic opportunity to visit the Mews and State Rooms at Buckingham Palace. We had arranged our visit with the wheelchair and the staff were very accommodating. The carriages and the Rolls Royce were well presented in the Mews. The State Rooms were very ornate and as expected furnished with wonderful furniture and paintings. We had a very enjoyable visit. Photography is not permitted inside but at the rear of the Palace it is allowed. A large cafe overlooks the garden and the souvenir shops. Too much to see with just one visit.

  • Robert Pritchard

    5
    - 20 July 2018 -

    Who hasn't been to the Palace. Great experience both inside and out. I was one of the lucky ones who has had a one to one with HRH Elizabeth. Charming lady who literally wants to know everything. As you can imagine the palace is just a stunning place both inside and out. A day my family and I will never forget!!!

  • Laura Perkins

    5
    - 19 July 2018 -

    Did the "Christmas" December tour and it was absolutely magnificent! Saw so many beautiful parts of Buckingham Palace ! It was more than amazing! The staff was kind and let me sit in the "no sit" chairs since I had a sprained ankle! Loved this tour and will go again! It was a small tour (only about 15 of us) - and when each person walked out the front door of the palace to depart, a guard accompanied us across that huge area within the gates where you see much of the changing of the guard. Made you feel like royalty! I even heard one person say "who is she"? Ha - lots of fun and beautiful display of the history and opulence of the Palace.

  • Maritha Bester

    5
    - 05 July 2018 -

    We were very lucky to see Trooping the Colours and the Queen's birthday parade! It is like being in a time past where pomp and ceremony were part of life! I shouted and cheered with thousands of people! Even saw the whole Royal Family on the famous balcony and were close to the carriages in the parade down The Mall - all draped in the beautiful British flags! Seeing hundreds of horses, soldiers dressed in their ceremonial dress - and the beautiful carriages with the Royals (yes Harry & Megan too 😉), were an once in a lifetime experience! My goodness what a spectacular event! Buckingham Palace is indescribably impressive. A must visit -specially when timed with the changing of the guards!

  • Daniel Schwager

    5
    - 21 June 2018 -

    I would like to say that by law I should be the King of Ireland. I require ownership of 3/4 of the worlds countries/land mass. It’s interesting how the queen of England is the most well known royalty in all the world and she does not actually have a King. I think a King in Ireland would be a good thing due to such. As the King of Ireland 🇮🇪 I think I would make an absolutely amazing difference in the whole entire world. Also worth noting is the fact that my great grandfather was in control of all taxes in Ireland. My grandfather and grandmother were some of the most famous people in the history of Irish films as well as theater. As a part German 🇩🇪 man I would like to make a difference more positive than Hitler. Something the whole world could respect. I think a religion that reaches out to the world should accept everyone on planet earth no matter how much their skin is tanned by the sun as none of us have a skin colour really we are all tanned by the sun in various ways. I think Hitler was a confused person who did not belong on this planet which is certainly a combination of many beautiful and interesting cultures 😊! Thanks Elizabeth I hope you can agree with me that this is a positive thing for our planet and solar system have a wonderful day😊 P.S. I still have a good Irish accent 😉

  • Ricardo Sanchez

    4
    - 19 June 2018 -

    While a good site to visit if you're in London, it's face was much smaller than I thought. Also, the gates are fairly far from the guards in red, so pictures don't come out that great unless you have a camera with zoom. There were other security people standing very close to the main gate, but they were just regular police with modern clothes. While a nice place to see, it's not worthy of 5 stars

  • Lorenzo Loconsole

    5
    - 11 June 2018 -

    Amazing tourist attraction people from all around the world experiencing the royal of England. The gardens are beautiful and a very peaceful setting. This place is great for professional photos. The guards are very good. Make sure you watch your children as it can get very crowded. The flag is at half mast when the queen is out and at full mast when she is in her presents in the palace. There will be notices when something important happens to the royal good or bad mostly amazing. Overall this was an amazing once in a lifetime experience and I would for sure go back to visit again for the great times.

  • L T

    5
    - 03 June 2018 -

    What an experience! We didn't have a planned set schedule, we just decided walked from Big Ben to Buckingham Palace, take some nice photos of the place, very relaxed. It was a nice 10 minute stroll or so. When we arrived we thought 'Whoa that's a lot of people just to look at the Palace!" It was crowded as if the Queen or someone Royal was about to show up. Thousands of people were just standing there facing the Palace. We truly didn't know what was going on. Stood for about another 10 minutes, confused on why everyone was just standing there...until we heard it. It was the Changing of the Guards! Of course! It was perfect timing. Guards arrived on horses and then hundreds more followed as a marching band sort of feel. It was incredible! Note: don't be like us and actually research when the changing of the guards will take place 😅 Its worth it!

  • Sarah my vids

    5
    - 01 June 2018 -

    I went there recently for the Queen's Garden Party and it was an honour to be there. The day was well organized. Excellent catering and helpful staff. The food and drink was lovely and they even filled up my water bottle with iced water for my journey home. The toilets were kept reasonably clean considering the amount of people there. There is a beautiful lake you can walk around. Don't wear high heels on the grass you will sink. If you are a paying visitor there is also a gift shop.

  • Angie SurfinParadise

    - 20 April 2018 -

    Schönes Gebäude!!!

  • Łukasz Tyrała

    - 29 March 2018 -

    Everything can be seen only from behind the bars, that are far from guard booths. And guard change is really crowded experience.

  • Carlos Duarte

    - 18 March 2018 -

    It was exciting to see the exchange of guards, a traditional moment of English culture, symbolic. The castle and surroundings are eye-popping, the Green Park (next door) is beautiful.

  • Brian Bilbo

    - 09 February 2018 -

    Took a tour of this and the changing of the gaurd (http://bit.ly/2G2l1Uj)

  • Lauren Bates

    - 13 January 2018 -

    Get there early if you want to see the changing of the guards.

  • Paul Neades

    - 07 January 2018 -

    Say hi to the queen for me.

  • Humaid Binyelaiyel

    - 21 October 2017 -

    God save the queen

  • Stephie Loof

    - 11 October 2017 -

    Better service impossible !!! All are very gentle and kind. The access for handicap are perfect!!!

  • Maha Abutalib

    - 11 September 2017 -

    Delicious Scone and vanilla mille-feuille at the garden cafe end of the tour of the palace

  • Sara Co

    - 27 August 2017 -

    well maintained garden with beautiful red geraniums in front of the palace. lovely to see the palace in summer😍

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