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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Reviews

  • 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.

  • Swesh

    5
    - 29 May 2018 -

    Well you look outside of the gates and see the architectural beauty of the royal palace. And of course if you get a chance to dine with Her Majesty from the house, then it is wonderful but don't know how many can actually get such a chance. Can roam the places of London, street view is full of monuments and they are the history makers and the garden in front of the palace is well maintained. Can sit, watch and relax.

  • Paul Goff

    5
    - 26 May 2018 -

    Very easy to get around and see. We were so lucky to see the change of the horse guard. Make sure you take time to walk around the garden and royal park next to the palace. Lots if places to take photos. The area felt very safe. Really enjoyed the trip there.

  • Christopher Cowling

    5
    - 25 May 2018 -

    Buckingham palace is fantastic. Generally you stand outside the fence and can see the guards inside. The changing of the guard runs every day over summer and every second day over winter and is definitely worth watching. Additionally during summer you can usually book tickets to go inside the palace, which is amazing and includes a small cafe lunch at the end in the palace grounds. If your in England only once, you need to go here. Allow an hour if your seeing the changing of the guard, and a whole day for a walk through the inside of the palace.

  • Christian W

    5
    - 18 May 2018 -

    Excellent experience and a must-do if you find yourself in London! Nearby Green Park is a great place to just sit around and have a picnic or just relax. The grounds are beautiful and well kept. The palace itself is of course worth the visit even though you can only get as far as the gate. I believe they do conduct tours inside but only for a few months out of the year. Well worth the stop to just see it and maybe have a picnic in the park next to it.

  • TB Dang

    5
    - 17 May 2018 -

    The Buckingham palace is magnificent from the outside. The only downside is there are so many tourists so it's so difficult to take nice pictures unless you go early in the morning. If you visit on certain days there is also the changing of the guard ceremony at around 1045am-11am start time. You will also see some knights riding by at some times which is awesome.

  • Aurelio Ogliari

    4
    - 02 May 2018 -

    The changing of the guard is rather entertaining but you are looking at spending at least 3 hours of your day to fully enjoy the show. If you are short of time other activities may be a better choice. Do bring some water with you, a little snack perhaps and i would also recommend a hat on sunny days. The best spots are on the sides of the gates, but be there early.

  • Elizabeth Heath

    4
    - 29 April 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.

  • Sarah F

    5
    - 19 April 2018 -

    I went here one Sunday morning and saw the changing of the guards which was really nice. The grounds are beautiful and the building is so majestic. There was a big crowd during the changing of the guards but that is to be expected. There was a good police presence though controlling the crowd so it wasn't too hard to move about. Watching the changing of the guards is free and certainly a fun cultural thing to see.

  • 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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