• Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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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, head for Windsor Castle in Windsor. Be one of the first of the morning to witness the State Apartments and St George’s Chapel, and, depending on the day, the Changing of the Guard. Then, pass Runnymede, where the Magna Carta was signed in 1205, and enjoy an audio-guided tour of the magnificent State Rooms and treasures of Buckingham Palace, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s main London residence.

Highlights

  • London day trip to Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle
  • Visit two of England's royal residences in one day
  • Walk through the grounds of Windsor Castle, which has more than 900 years of royal history
  • Take an audio tour at Buckingham Palace to learn about its role in the British monarchy
  • Visit the exclusive exhibition Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration as part of your visit to the Summer Opening of the Buckingham Palace State Rooms

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What You Can Expect

Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle Day Trip from London

St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle
© The Royal Collection 2008 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

After early morning pickup from central London, travel west by air-conditioned coach to nearby Windsor, home to magnificent Windsor Castle.

As you travel, hear how this vast fortress-palace is the world’s oldest occupied castle. Originally built by William the Conqueror in 1070, it boasts a long history as a royal residence, and is used today by Queen Elizabeth II as a weekend home and for state occasions.

On arrival, be one of the first to head inside, and explore independently. Walk around the grounds and the State Apartments, with their lavishly furnished chambers and halls, and marvel at stunning St George’s Chapel, the burial place of 10 sovereigns, including Henry VIII.

Depending on the day, and weather permitting, perhaps catch the spectacle of the Changing of the Guard — a centuries-old ceremony that takes place on select days.

Next, travel on to Runnymede, where the Magna Carta, the 13th-century document that was the foundation of modern democracy, was sealed in 1205. Drive by the picturesque site, and then return to London to visit Buckingham Palace, the working headquarters of Queen Elizabeth. 
Head inside and take an independent audio tour of the opulent State Rooms, used by the royal family to receive guests on state and public occasions. Learn about the history of the richly gilded rooms as you view the exquisite furnishings and some of the treasures of the Royal Collection that include paintings by Canaletto and Van Dyck, porcelain and other finery.

Since Buckingham Palace plays host to many official royal events, these areas are only open to the public during the summer and tickets are highly sought after, so be sure to book early!

Your trip concludes at the palace after your visit, leaving you free to continue your London sightseeing or return to your hotel as you wish.

Customer Reviews

Luisana D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This was truly the highlight of my grad trip, thank you!

Donna S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

The best tour of my life!

Lords of Monksbridge

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

With my love of all things Royal imagine my delight when I discovered that Buckingham Palace was to be open whilst we were in the UK and that it was doubled up with Windsor was just the icing on the cake. Nothing I can say will convey the absolute brilliance of walking through the oldest inhabited Royal Palace in the world or the main London residence of Her Majesty. Windsor was incredible and to try and describe it would be pointless but I will say that the ice cream there was the best I have ever had. Similarly Buckingham Palace is simply breathtaking my only disappointment was that you couldn't take photos inside, which is understandable, but even that couldn't dampen the absolute thrill I got from being there. If you get the chance to see both then don't miss it. Bath in the glory of two of the most beautiful palaces/castles in the world.

William F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Excellent! Perfect opportunity to view and tour both palaces.

greg l

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Absolutely fabulous, would do it again.

Burnell H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Wonderful Day - Kind of confusing getting started!

Robert S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Tour was excellent but wished there more time allowed to spend in the rooms.

Carla

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This is a really great trip to both castles. I would just warn people who are unable to walk far distances that this may not be a great selection. There is a 15 minute walk uphill just to get to Windsor castle from the bus lot and a 10 minute walk after Buckingham palace just to get off the palace grounds. For a tour that is already heavy on the walking, the extra miles add up quickly.

Virginia S. G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We had an excellent guide for Windsor Castle. She gave us a lot of background information on the way there and was very friendly and helpful. We had a different guide at Buckingham Palace. We had to wait 15 or 20 minutes before we were allowed to enter the palace. Other than that, we enjoyed the Buckingham Palace tour.

Nina Oleg

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The trip is amazing! Very interesting. The guides are not allowed in either of the residences, only audio guides provided. Definitely recommend!

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