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Buckingham Palace Tours

Join Buckingham Palace Tours to see where the Queen entertains guest with opulent banquets, important speeches, and musical performances. Since the 19th century, the 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. Discover London’s rich royal heritage during a visit to Buckingham Palace and learn about Her Majesty the Queen and the British Royal Family.  However, because there is only a 3-month window to enter the State Rooms, tickets can be scarce and it is advised to book in advance.  Whether you want to see the Changing of the Guard, the Royal Mews, or the Royal Gardens, planning is paramount.  And, part of that planning includes deciding which London attractions you’d like to combine with your Buckingham Palace Tours.  Why not pair your tickets with a Windsor Palace tour?  Or, you could combine a Palace sightseeing trip with a vintage bus tour of the city.  You can even go all out and try London in a Nutshell, which includes access to the Changing of the Guards, Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, a Thames Cruise, 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.The Buckingham Palace open to the public depends 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 are 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.

Good to know

Best time to visit
  • Determining the best time for a sightseeing guided tours depends on what’s most important to you.  If you want to check out the state rooms, then you’ll have to book your tickets for the summer, when the Queen takes her annual summer vacation. 
  • This usually occurs in late July until late September.  But, you’ll have to keep an eye on the Queen’s travel plans to be sure.  Otherwise, if you simply would like to check out the Royal Mews and watch the Changing of the Guard, then any time of the year will do. 
  • Winter sees the least amount of tourism due to poor weather; 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.  The shoulder seasons of spring and fall present a happy medium. 
  • You’ll encounter less tourists than you would during the summer and fairly unpredictable weather. Regardless of what the forecast says, you should carry an umbrella everywhere you go.
Getting there
  • Because Buckingham Palace sits in the heart of London, getting there is quite simple.  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 also provide an easy, hassle-free way to reach Buckingham Palace.  However, this is also, by far, the most expensive mode of transport. 
Money saving tips

On a tight budget?  That’s alright!  You can save a bunch of money by pairing on your trip with other London attractions.  Why not combine your Buckingham Palace tickets with a trip to Stonehenge or Afternoon Tea at the Rubens Hotel?  It’s what to do in London!

Did you know?

Dazzle your friends with this interesting Buckingham Palace trivia!

  • The core of Palace was built in 1703 for John Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Normanby.
  • Despite association with the Queen, she does not own the property.  It belongs to the Crown Estates.
  • 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.
  • In 1982, a man by the name of Michael Fagan broke into Palace and made it all the way to the Queen’s bedroom.

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