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  • Address: Buckingham Palace Road, London, England
  • Hours: Late July–Aug 9:30am–7:30pm; Sept 9:30am–6:30pm
  • Admission: Adult: £21.50, Child £12.30

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Buckingham Palace

One of the world's most famous addresses, Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the Queen of England and an item on many lists of London must-sees. The palace is a popular viewing stop on walking and biking tours through the city, located at the heart of St James Park and a pleasant stroll from attractions such as Westminster Cathedral and Big Ben.

The best time to visit Buckingham Palace is during the legendary Changing of the Guard ceremony, when the Royal Guards change shifts. The elaborate 45-minute tradition sees the red-suited guards, equipped with their iconic bearskin hats and accompanied by a marching band, march through Wellington Barracks to the palace. Otherwise, most visitors gaze through the gates at the facade and balcony from which Charles and Diana waved when they married all those years ago and where William and Kate famously shared two kisses.

Those hoping to look inside the lavish palace will have to wait for the annual Buckingham Palace Summer Opening, when the queen takes her yearly trip to Scotland. During this time, visitors can peek into the opulent state rooms, see the Throne Room and stroll through the palace gardens, plus admire masterpieces by artists such as Rembrandt and Canaletto in Queen Victoria's Picture Gallery.

Insider's Tip: If the Union Jack flag is flying atop Buckingham Palace, it means the queen is in residence; otherwise, the Royal Standard flag is flown.

Practical Info

Buckingham Palace is located in central London, and the nearest tube stations are St James Park, Green Park and Victoria. The Changing of the Guard occurs daily at 11:30am, but can be canceled in bad weather. The palace is open to the public during the summer from late July until the end of September, with tours running daily from 9:30am to 7:30pm (6:30pm in September). Adult tickets cost £21.50 and must be booked well in advance.

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Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony

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Experience London’s royal heritage and pageantry on a 2.5-hour experience that combines a visit to Buckingham Palace with the Changing of the Guard. Enjoy ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle Day Trip from London

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Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Discover London’s highlights by bus, boat and foot on this comprehensive half-day tour. Sitting comfortably aboard an iconic Routemaster bus, travel along the ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Enjoy the best of London on this tour visiting the exterior highlights of Buckingham Palace, Changing of the Guard and The Royal Mall before enjoying Afternoon ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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