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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  • Peter

    4
    - 12 September 2018 -

    Very impressive building, both on the inside as well on the inside. And as you might expect from a palace, a lot of gold, marble and shiny objects inside. So you won't be disappointed. The picture gallery has some fine art on display and the room next to it gives some insights into the personal taste of the royal family. And to finish it off, you can enjoy some high tea in the garden at the end of the tour.

  • Stephen P

    4
    - 08 September 2018 -

    Unfortunately it's quite a long walk from the nearest tube station, but the destination is worth it. Perhaps the most impressive part of the visit was the staff. If you ask them any question about the house that is beyond their knowledge, before you can even say, "Oh no, it's not a big deal," out come the reference booklets and you will have your answer. They will not let you walk away without it, and I think that is the ultimate form of customer service. I also enjoyed the prince's collection of art, and how pieces from centuries were exhibited alongside contemporary pieces from the artists who were supported by the prince himself. Bringing new relevance to the old was the best thing about Buckingham.

  • Google User

    5
    - 30 August 2018 -

    Have you truly visited London without having visited Buckingham palace? Not only is it a sight to behold the surrounding parks and area is beautiful, if you have the time to spare, spending a day relaxing around here is highly recommended. St James Park is beautiful. Take a walk along the lake, watch the squirrels scurry about, have an ice cream, watch the ducks fly up and down the river. Once you're done with this, walk across to Green Park, Mayfair for dinner. All right in the centre of London, what more could you ask for??

  • Zeeshan Ahmed Sheikh

    4
    - 28 August 2018 -

    An amazing place to visit to see the royal living style. What a wonderful day out. The state rooms are amazing pictures and TV do them no justice. The mews are so incredible. The gold coronation coach has to be seen to be believed. Strongly strongly recommended to go there and have a look and spend some time there.

  • Costin Busioc

    5
    - 25 August 2018 -

    Buckingham Place is for sure one of the best palaces I have ever seen. If you are visiting London in summer (when the Queen is not in the palace), I suggest you to add Buckingham Place as a priority on your list for your holiday. The palace is really well organized and the inside it's gorgeous. I recommend buying the ticket online so you will avoid queues there and enter directly. The queues are actually respected so if you buy the ticket online for a specific hour, you will definitely enter when you selected (the entrance is on the left of the palace). The audio guide is free and I recommend using it so you can find out a lot of interesting facts. The tour takes somewhere around 2-3 hours.

  • Jaidev Joshi

    5
    - 11 August 2018 -

    Absolutely amazing....... Knowing you have to go through airport style security, just makes you feel safe. Every room you enter has an interesting and different story to it. The staff were so friendly. No question was too big. They were all extremely helpful. After finishing the palace we went to the garden to the cafe. Was delicious. The salted caramel eclairs are superb. We will definitely be returning as you can change a one day admission ticket into a years ticket. Buckingham Palace is the London residence and administrative headquarters of the monarch of the United Kingdom. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is often at the centre of state occasions and royal hospitality.Since 1993, the State Rooms of the Palace have also been open to members of the public to visit during August and September, while The Queen is not in residence.

  • 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.

  • 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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