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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, London, null
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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 Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony and Afternoon Tea, London, City ... 
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Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony and Afternoon Tea

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Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle Day Trip from London, London, Half-day Tours
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Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle Day Trip from London

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Visit two of England's most royal attractions on this day trip combining Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. You'll be one of the first to enter Windsor ...  Read more

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

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Buckingham Palace Tour Including Afternoon Tea, London, Day Trips
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Buckingham Palace Tour Including Afternoon Tea

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Combine a visit to Buckingham Palace with afternoon tea on this 3.5-hour tour in London. Meet your host outside the iconic palace, and then head inside with ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Buckingham Palace and Vintage Bus Tour of London

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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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London Combo: Westminster Abbey with Changing of the Guards, Buckingham Palace and Afternoon Tea, ... 
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London Combo: Westminster Abbey with Changing of the Guards, Buckingham Palace and Afternoon Tea

Experience London’s most iconic sights and best British traditions in this one-day summer tour. See Westminster Abbey and the Changing of the Guards – two ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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Private Custom Tour: London in a Day, London, Cultural Tours
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Private Custom Tour: London in a Day

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Put together your perfect day in London, and see the sights that you want to see on this half- or full-day tour with a private local guide. Customized ...  Read more

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

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Private Tour: London Historical Walking Tour Including The British Museum, London, Custom Private ... 
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Private Tour: London Historical Walking Tour Including The British Museum

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Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Private Tour: London City Center Historical Walking Tour

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Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Private Tour: London National Gallery and East End Street Art Tour, London, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Private Tour: London National Gallery and East End Street Art Tour

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

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