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Buckingham Palace Tours and Tickets

Book Buckingham Palace Tickets & Tours to see where the Queen entertains guests with opulent banquets, important speeches, and musical performances. Why not pair your tickets with a Windsor Palace tour, the Buckingham Palace ticket and Royal Mews ticket, or the Stonehenge tour, and more?! It’s one of the best things to do if you want to take advantage of everything the city has to offer!

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Our tips for Buckingham Palace

  • Stay Up-to-Date. Buckingham Palace is open to the public depending on when the Queen decides to take her summer vacation. So, make sure you keep tabs on her travel plans to avoid disappointment.
  • Don’t Skip the Mews. Although the Royal Mews is a short distance from Palace, many people skip this part of their tour. But, checking out the Queen’s horses and luxury sedans is one of the best things to do in London.
  • No photos, please. Also, the Royal Mews are the only places where you can take photos. Photography is prohibited in the Buckingham Palace State Rooms.
  • Save money. Why not combine your entrance Ticket to Buckingham Palace with a trip to Stonehenge or Afternoon Tea at the Rubens Hotel? It is arguably the best way to explore London!

Good to know

Since the 19th century, Buckingham Palace has been the official London residence and administrative office of the British royal family and is one of the few remaining working royal palaces in the world. The core of the Palace was built in 1703 for John Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Normandy.

Spanning over 39 acres, it has 775 rooms that include 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices, 78 bathrooms, 52 royal, and guest bedrooms, and 19 staterooms. Despite the association with the Queen, she does not own the property. It belongs to the Crown Estates. In 1982, a man by the name of Michael Fagan broke into Palace and made it all the way to the Queen’s bedroom.

You can tell whether the Queen is in residence at Buckingham Palace based on which flag is flying. If it’s the Queen’s Royal Standard, then she’s home. If it’s the Union Jack, then you’ll have to leave a message.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What is the best time to visit Buckingham Palace?

    Buckingham Palace tours are open to the public from late July to the end of September. The shoulder seasons of spring and fall present a happy medium. But, if you’d like to see the Changing of Guards without having to elbow your way to the front, then winter would be the best time.

  • Q: What are the opening hours of Buckingham Palace?

    Buckingham Palace is open from Saturday to Friday (July to August) from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm. However, from September till October, it is open till 8:30 pm.

  • Q: How to reach Buckingham Palace?

    If you’re coming by train, you’ll need to hop off at the London Victoria or London Charing Cross stations. Should you decide to use the Tube, alight at the Victoria, Green Park, St. James Park, or Hyde Park Corner stops. If you plan on bussing it, you should take the 11, 211, C1, or C10 bus to Buckingham Palace Road. Those taking a coach will have to stop at Victoria Coach Station and walk for about 10 minutes in order to reach the palace. Taxis offer a hassle-free alternative to reaching Buckingham Palace.

  • Q: Is there a dress code for visiting Buckingham Palace?

    There is no formal dress code required to visit the Palace. However, keep in mind their guideline that states: “Smart attire for men includes the wearing of a jacket and tie, and for women a trouser or skirt suit. Those wearing jeans or trainers will not be admitted and casually dressed members of the media will be turned away. This also applies to technicians.”

  • Q: Can I visit inside Buckingham Palace?

    Yes, you can book the ticket for a guided interior tour of Buckingham Palace. However, it is available for a limited time – only once a year for two months, so book accordingly.

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