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Buckingham Palace Visitor Information

How to Visit Queen Elizabeth II's Official Residence


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Buckingham Palace, the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II, is located in the Westminster district of London within St. James Park. It is accessible from the tube and buses. Victoria Station is just to the south.

Tube Stations Close to Buckingham Palace:

Green Park is to the north of Buckingham Palace, Victoria Station and St. James Park stations are to the south. Hyde Park Corner is to the west.

Buses Stopping near Buckingham Palace:

2B, 3, 9, 14, 16, 19, 22, 25, 30, 36, 38, 52, 73, 74, 82, 137, 509, 510.

Changing of the Guard:

The changing of the guard happens at 11:30, May through August. The frequency is reduced to alternate days from September to April. The time, according to some, varies, so get there a bit early.

Visiting the Palace State Rooms:

At the time of writing, Buckingham Palace State Rooms were visitable from August 1 to September 28 or so. 9:30 to the last admission at 16:30. Tickets are available on the day of visit from the office in Green Park, across the Mall from Buckingham Palace. 2003 prices--Adult £12, Over 60 £10, Under 17 £6, under 5 free. Check the Official British Monarchy Site for current prices and dates.

Ticket Sales:

Credit card booking: (+44)(0)20 77667300
Fax: (+44)(0)20 77667321

You can take a virtual tour of Buckingham Palace from London Travel.

Buckingham Palace Facts of Interest

  • Buckingham Palace has been the official London residence of the British monarchy since Queen Victoria in 1937.
  • It was first opened to the public in 1993.
  • The royal Banner is set on the roof when the monarch is in residence.
  • Buckingham palace was built by the Duke of Buckingham and Normandy in 1703 and bought by George III in 1761.
  • The Neo Classical building was remodeled by John Nash in 1825.
  • Marble Arch was the entrance to the palace until it was moved to Hyde Park in 1851.
  • The Palace has around 600 rooms and is surrounded by 20 hectares of gardens.
  • While the state apartments are only open to the public in summer, the Queen's Gallery and the Royal Mews are both open to the Public for longer periods. In the Queens Gallery, you can see works of art from the Royal Collection. In the Royal Mews, state coaches and carriages are displayed, including the Gold State Coach used in every coronation since 1762. The stables are also open to the public. [Read more from the official site of the British Monarchy]
  • How to book tickets? Check out Buckingham Palace Tickets.

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