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Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence and administrative office of the British royal family since the 19th century and is one of the few remaining working royal palaces in the world. Access for the public is limited and exclusive but worthwhile for those who arrange a visit.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).
Address: Buckingham Palace Road, London, England
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Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard CeremonyLuxury Tours

Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony

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Delve into London’s rich royal heritage during a visit to Buckingham Palace to see the Changing of the Guard Ceremony. Marvel at the traditional Changing of the Guard performance, which involves meticulously dressed soldiers marching to the rhythm of military drums. Then, enjoy an exclusive experience as you enter the opulent State Rooms of Buckingham Palace for an independent audio tour. See lavish chambers during a tour only available for two months of the year, and gain fascinating insight into the history of the British monarchy.
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Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony & Afternoon TeaAttraction Tickets

Buckingham Palace Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony & Afternoon Tea

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Delight in the quintessentially English culture of London on a half-day tour that combines three iconic British experiences. With a knowledgeable guide, watch the incredible Changing of the Guard ceremony outside of Buckingham Palace, and then embark on an audio-guided tour of the residence’s lavish State Apartments, only open for two months of the year. Then, head to a prestigious hotel in central London and pleasure your palate with an appetizing array of finger sandwiches, soft scones, and aromatic cups of English tea. Book now to avoid missing the few dates that Buckingham Palace is open to the public.
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Buckingham Palace Tickets with Royal Walking Tour Including Afternoon TeaAttraction Tickets

Buckingham Palace Tickets with Royal Walking Tour Including Afternoon Tea

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Feel like a British Royal on this 4-hour tour that includes a visit to Buckingham Palace and afternoon tea. Meet a tour host outside the royal residence and head inside with your prebooked ticket and audio guide for an independent tour of the State Rooms. Then, join back up with your host and stroll through St James’s Park to an elegant venue, where you’ll savor a traditional afternoon tea spread of scones, sandwiches and tea. Please note: Buckingham Palace is open to the public for just eight weeks (approx.) each year and tickets sell out quickly. Book early to avoid disappointment.
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Buckingham Palace Entrance Ticket with Royal London Walking TourAttraction Tickets

Buckingham Palace Entrance Ticket with Royal London Walking Tour

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Because of a brief 2-month opening season, the demand for tickets to the State Apartments at Buckingham Palace is exorbitantly high. Guarantee your glimpse into the lives of the royal family with this Buckingham Palace entrance ticket, which includes a royal London walking tour. Following a walking tour of royal London monuments including St. James’ Park and The Mall, you have the rare opportunity to head inside Buckingham Palace and see lavish chambers belonging to Her Majesty the Queen. Plus, you can also upgrade to add an English afternoon tea experience including dainty finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, and homemade preserves.
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Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle Day Trip from LondonDay Trips

Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle Day Trip from London

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Visit two of England's grandest royal residences on this day trip to Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. Traveling from London by air-conditioned coach, enjoy an audio-guided tour of the magnificent State Rooms and treasures of Buckingham Palace, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s main London residence. Then head for Windsor Castle in Windsor. Explore her majesty's royal palace, and enjoy a visit to St George’s Chapel. Depending on the day, view the Changing of the Guard. Finish off your tour with a stop at the famous Harrod's on your return to London.
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London in One Day Sightseeing Tour Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard with Optional London Eye UpgradeFull-day Tours

London in One Day Sightseeing Tour Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard with Optional London Eye Upgrade

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Get to know London in one day on this sight-packed, full-day tour with a guide. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, see top London attractions such as Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, and enjoy fast-track entry and a guided tour of St. Paul's Cathedral. Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, and then visit the Tower of London. Break for a pub lunch, and receive a ticket for a Thames River sightseeing cruise to use after your tour or another day. For a bird's-eye view of the city, upgrade to include a ticket for the London Eye in the evening.
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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off TourBus Tours

Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with dozens of possible stops, including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights. Hop off to enjoy a free walking tour and a Thames River cruise.
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Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye UpgradeFull-day Tours

Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade

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See the English capital’s top landmarks on this most comprehensive of London magical tours. Take a tour of beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral, then make a photo stop at Westminster Abbey. Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and visit the Tower of London, where you'll have free time for lunch (own expense). Enjoy an extended river sightseeing cruise, and upgrade to cap everything with a London Eye flight or cream tea at Harrods.
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The Original Tour London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus TourBus Tours

The Original Tour London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

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See the best of London without the stress of rigid tour times and massive crowds on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. With your flexible pass, hop aboard the double-decker, open-top bus for a comfortable sightseeing excursion. Great for kids and adults, your pass offers multiple route options with stops at main attractions like Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and more. Bonus features include a free city walking tour, a Thames River cruise, and local discounts.
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Buckingham Palace and Vintage Bus Tour of LondonHalf-day Tours

Buckingham Palace and Vintage Bus Tour of London

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See London’s highlights by retro double-decker bus, cruise boat, and foot on this half-day tour. Take a seat on a vintage, red Routemaster bus and pass top London sights including Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey. Then, soak in more London landmarks, such as Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, on a Thames River sightseeing cruise. Finally, crown your tour with a visit to magnificent Buckingham Palace. Take an audio tour of the ornate State Rooms, only accessible to the public for two months in the year.
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Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl MaxLuxury Tours

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Enjoy one of London’s most iconic sights, Buckingham Palace, during this guided walking tour that explores the palace’s history and the royal guards. Visit the Horse Guard Palace and get to know the Calvary on Guard before heading to the palace to learn about its surrounding statues, arches, and entrances. At Saint James Palace, follow the marching guards in red coats and tall black during the changing of the guard.
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Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace Private Fun TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace Private Fun Tour

Don’t follow the mistake tourists make by standing for hours at the gate of Buckingham Palace! You will only see the end of the ceremony in a very crowed environment. In this tour, you will discover the Treasures of the Changing the Guard ceremonies on this fun and entertaining walking tour! This tour is perfect for individuals, couples, friend and families Who wants to enjoy this wonderful ceremony while avoiding the stress and the crowds. We will see some of the most iconic landmarks of the area and follow the movement of the guards! With your entertaining professional tour guide, you will see the different elements of the ceremonies: the palaces, the inspection, the handover,etc.. You may even have the chance to walk alongside the Guards and Ceremonial Bands! Book now to join this amazing tour!
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Full Royal Tour: Royal London & Buckingham Palace TourHalf-day Tours

Full Royal Tour: Royal London & Buckingham Palace Tour

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Delve deeper into the history of the British monarchy on a tour that covers more than 15 royal sights around London. Ideal for history buffs and first-time visitors, this tour—which is mostly conducted on foot—offers a more intimate glimpse into the streets of England’s capital and also includes rare access to the interior of Buckingham Palace.
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Royal London Walking Tour: Early Access Tower of London & Changing of The GuardHalf-day Tours

Royal London Walking Tour: Early Access Tower of London & Changing of The Guard

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Discover London’s royal history and sights on a London tour by foot and boat. Start with an early access visit to the Tower of London to see the opening ceremony and Crown Jewels without the usual daytime crowds. Then, take to the water on a half-hour River Thames sightseeing cruise. Stroll to Horse Guard’s Parade or Buckingham Palace to see the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony, and learn all about the British Royal Family from a knowledgeable local guide.
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Changing of the Guard Walking Small-Group TourCultural Tours

Changing of the Guard Walking Small-Group Tour

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No visit to England would be complete without experiencing quintessential traditions such as the Changing of the Guard. See British culture come to life from select prime vantage points. In a small group limited to 15, observe the Queen’s iconic foot guards, clad in red tunics and bearskin hats, and watch the household cavalry put on an impressive display. Follow history-rich guide commentary with ease using a headset.
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The Changing of the GuardCultural Tours

The Changing of the Guard

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Get a guaranteed first-hand peek at one of London’s most iconic attractions, the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace. Listen to enriching context on the history of the quirky, 500-year-old military tradition from your guide, with audio headsets available so you can move around freely. You'll get a chance to tick off one of England’s top bucket list items.
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Private Walking tour London, Buckingham Palace to Big Ben and much moreLuxury Tours

Private Walking tour London, Buckingham Palace to Big Ben and much more

This action-packed private walking tour of London is the ideal experience for travelers with limited time. You’ll save time and see multiple top London attractions in one day, including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, The Houses of Parliament, and Trafalgar Square. By going on a walking tour, you’ll visit places on foot that can’t be reached by car or bus. Your tour will be enhanced with guide commentary about London’s highlights, as well as insider tips.
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London In a Day: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & Changing of the GuardFull-day Tours

London In a Day: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard

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Limited time in London doesn’t have to mean a limited view of the capital. Soak up the key sights in just one action-packed day on this guided small-group tour. Explore Westminster Abbey and watch the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace. Then cruise the Thames River to Tower Bridge and explore its inner workings before delving into British history at the Tower of London.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Private Custom Tour: London in a DayFull-day Tours

Private Custom Tour: London in a Day

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Discover the spectacular sights of London according to your own personal itinerary on a private custom tour of the vibrant capital with a knowledgeable guide. Opt to enjoy a half- or full-day tour and customize your itinerary according to your cultural and historical interests. Allow your expert guide to pre-plan logistics like public transportation and reservations, and then delve into the capital’s rich history by listening to illuminating commentary. See iconic attractions like Big Ben and the Tower of London, and stray from the conventional tourist trail for a unique experience of London.
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Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace Guided Tour - Private TourLuxury Tours

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace Guided Tour - Private Tour

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Watch one of London's most traditional events—the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace—on a private walking tour. You'll see and learn about this longstanding ritual with a private guide, who leads you through central London so you don't have to worry about navigating the crowds on your own.
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Vintage London Bus Tour Including Thames Cruise with Optional London EyeBus Tours

Vintage London Bus Tour Including Thames Cruise with Optional London Eye

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See London’s signature sights by vintage Routemaster bus and Thames River cruise on this sightseeing tour. Board a retro, red double-decker bus London Routemaster, and enjoy stellar views of top London attractions including the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Westminster Abbey. Then, after a short Thames sightseeing cruise, ride your London double-decker to Buckingham Palace for a photo stop or to witness the colorful Changing of the Guard ceremony. If you wish, upgrade to add a visit to the London Eye, Tower of London, or UNESCO-listed Stonehenge after your tour.
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London Royal Parks Bike Tour including Hyde Park

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Discover the beauty and history of Royal London by bike on a morning or afternoon city tour. Enjoy a guided ride through Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, and St. James's Park. Cruise by the stately monuments such as the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, and view royal sites like Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, and the Princess Diana Memorial. Along the way, learn about London’s rich history and contemporary culture.  
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Private Tour London Highlights, entries Westminster Abbey, The Tower of LondonFull-day Tours

Private Tour London Highlights, entries Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London

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The Tower of London and Westminster Abbey are two of London’s most impressive must-see attractions, but the entry queues can be long. On this tour, save valuable sightseeing time with skip-the-line entry and head straight inside with your guide. Learn the history of Parliament Square and Trafalgar Square on a walking visit, and stop at Buckingham Palace, Nelson’s Column, and more.
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Royal London Sightseeing Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony with Optional London Eye UpgradeHalf-day Tours

Royal London Sightseeing Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony with Optional London Eye Upgrade

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Experience London’s royal highlights on this sightseeing tour by coach, including the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Take a panoramic tour of the city with your guide, passing Kensington Palace and Westminster Abbey. You'll also see Trafalgar Square and Big Ben, and watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Upgrade to include an open-date ticket for the London Eye.
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