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Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace Road, London

The Basics

Buckingham Palace is one of England's most famous landmarks. Visitors can always view its opulent exterior through the gates, but visits must be timed right to tour the interior. During its summer opening, travelers can peek into the state rooms, see the Throne Room, stroll through the palace gardens, and admire masterpieces by artists such as Rembrandt and Canaletto in Queen Victoria's Picture Gallery.

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Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony
Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony
$75.39 per adult
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Great time!
Our guide had to work around preparations for the London Marathon blocking most of the Mall. He did an amazing job of working around the chaos and knew exactly where to position us for the best viewing of the changing of the guard both Horse and soldier.
Rick_P, Oct 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in London

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Enlightening
mark_g, Sep 2022
Buckingham Palace Exterior and Royal History Private Tour
Very knowledgeable guide customized the walk to our interests. Visited Trafalgar Square buckingham palace parliament
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Wonderful!
Jose_M, Sep 2022
Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony
Wonderful experience with up close view of the changing of the Royal Calvary Guard. Suggest the tour guide speak away from the microphone a little so her voice is clearer. Buckingham Palace is simply amazing.
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The rooms and the stories...
Diane_B, Sep 2022
Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony
The rooms and the stories surrounding the Buckingham Palace we’re amazing. The guide was extremely knowledgeable.
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Fantastic! & met my all expectations
Mun_Y, Aug 2022
Buckingham Palace Entrance Ticket with Royal London Walking Tour
Fantastic! & met all my expectations, with ticket into the palace included which saved queuing time as our guide was our entrance ticket, she did an excellent job & gave insightful explanations throughout the walk from the starting point where the Duke tower stands & towards Buckingham Palace, where she left us and off we went into the palace! At the end of the viewing, there's a Cafe & gift shop which are both really well-managed. Highly recommended for this tour!
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Fantastic Tour
ElisabethL_K, Sep 2022
Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony
Our guide Margaret was personable and knowledgeable. She did an excellent job of guiding us to the horse guards to see the inspection of the Blues and Royals, then so took us to see the band escorting the old guard to the palace. It was wonderful. She got us over to the Buckingham Palace tour entrance in time to be the first group in the door. Thanks to Margaret we had a great morning.
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Royal London People Experience
David_W, Sep 2022
Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony
The most memorable part of our tour was the care that was given to my spouse on this tour. She was having some mobility issues and she saw to it that she was being attended to as much as possible and even notified the Buckingham Palace guides of her situation and their tour guide were extremely accommodating and helpful. We saw the best of London in the people we met that day.
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Was amazing
Eva_D, Sep 2022
Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle Day Trip from London
Was amazing! I would recommend it again. We weren’t rushed, and our guide was very knowledgeable. Westminster abbey was our favorite
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Tour guide was excellent ...
Freddie_W, Aug 2022
Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle Day Trip from London
Tour guide was excellent Windsor was beautiful. Buckingham was just ok. I understand why you can’t take pictures but it does take away from the experience
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A Peek Inside
JoAnn_R, Aug 2022
Buckingham Palace Entrance Ticket with Royal London Walking Tour
Going inside the Palace to see the State Rooms. I’ve been to the Castle before but never when it was open to the public. Highlight of my visit.
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Great value, great time spent and great fun!
Deborah_H, Aug 2022
Buckingham Palace and Vintage Bus Tour of London
What a delightful way to see the sights in London! Our tour guide (older gentleman with silver hair carrying a pink duster) was funny, knowledgeable, and really cared that us tourists went away with a positive view of the city. It also helped that the weather was absolutely PERFECT. The company as a whole seemed pretty well organized based on my dealings with them and watching them in action at the bus station.
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Marilyn was thorough and...
Kimm_B, Aug 2022
Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony
Marilyn was thorough and gave us a nice history tour while following the changing of the guards. The Buckingham Palace tour was fantastic.
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Amazing tour with tons of knowledge on the history and current London
Cheryl_P, Aug 2022
Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony
What a fabulous way to start our journey in UK. This tour got us up front and center to see the Changing of the guard ceremony. With so many tourists wanting to see this special ceremony, we also had a great guide explaining the history and meaning. Glad Buckingham Palace was open while we were there. Amazing!!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The palace is a must for history buffs and royal enthusiasts.

  • Pair a stop at Buckingham Palace with the Changing of the Guard ceremony and afternoon tea for a quintessential London experience.

  • Tours of the palace interior are only available in summer from late June to late September, while the queen is on holiday in Scotland.

  • If the Royal Standard flag is flying atop the palace, it means the queen is in residence; otherwise, the Union Jack flag is flown.

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How to Get There

Buckingham Palace is located in central London at the heart of St. James Park. It's a pleasant stroll from London attractions such as Westminster Cathedral and Big Ben and is often included as a stop on city walking tours.

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When to Get There

The best time to visit Buckingham Palace is during the legendary Changing of the Guard ceremony, when the royal guards change shifts. This takes place daily at 11:30am but can be canceled in bad weather. The palace interior is only open to the public during summer, from late July until the end of September, with tours running daily from 9:30am to 7:30pm (until 6:30pm in September). You'll want to book this coveted experience in advance.

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Nearby Royal Sites

Windsor Castle is the nearest queen's residence to Buckingham, located just outside London. It can be visited on a quick, half-day trip from the city. And although not royal in nature, Westminster Abbey is the resting place of many English monarchs and the site of some royal family weddings (including that of Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge).

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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