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clock-o7 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

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.
  • 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

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Two royal residences in one day! Both Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle have ornately furnished rooms and priceless artifacts. The visit to Buckingham Palace is a special treat, as it's only open certain times of the year and you get to explore it on your own.
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.

Reviews

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r
, Sep 2018

This is the greatest scam of all. First, it is a long line to get in. You are not allowed to take pictures. I expected to find memorabilia of the Royal Family, e.g., pictures when they were young, rooms they used, toys, clothes, etc. It's like being conned into going to an art museum that does not even have any original masterpiece to show. The art pieces are from Prince Charles' collection of unknown artists that he supports. For the love of God and all that is Holy, people, do not go inside. You might as well go to the Louvre, Brisitish Museum, Prada in Spain, the Duomo in Florence or the Vatican for that matter!!!!

D
, Sep 2018

Such a quaint town and a beautiful castle! I can see why the queen thinks of it as her Home. Much more of personal feel than Buckingham Palace. And the grounds are gorgeous!Loved it a lot more than Buckingham palace..

b
, Aug 2018

Our Guide Dereck was very good at giving us the details of the day as far as timing. He was very knowledgeable as well.

J
, Jul 2018

So the first thing to mention is to avoid this tour during late summer months when temperatures get too hot. Both Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace have few places with ac so it gets hot. The places themselves are pretty awesome. We saw Windsor Castle first. We met at the bus terminal which was pretty chaotic but they got everyone on the buses. We had a double decker bus and it was fun to sit on the top on our way out and back to the castle. We booked through viator but the actual tour is through premium tours. Our guide had a lot of cool information on the trip in the bus. It should be noted that in Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace they dont allow guided tours. This means the tour guide gets you in, then you take a self guided audio tour. It's pretty easy to operate if you're tech savvy but my mother struggled to get the audio guide to work for her and eventually gave up. Also note that once you get into Windsor Castle it's about time for the changing of the guards. If you want to watch that you wont have time for the audio portion of the self guided tour. You get into the Castle about 1030, the changing of the guard is at 11-1130, the audio tour takes about an hour and a half and you have have to be back at the bus by 1. There are many other things to look at in Windsor as well including a chapel. I would suggest packing a small lunch to eat on the bus ride from Windsor to Buckingham Palace to avoid having to stop for lunch. Your tour ends at Buckingham Palace once your guide gets you in. Again its audio tours through the Palace but this time you can go at your own pace.

L
, Jan 2018

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

J
, Oct 2017

Great opulent castles. But kinda crowded and un-guided. Oh, and no pictures allowed inside!!!

D
, Oct 2017

The best tour of my life!

L
, Oct 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.

S
, Sep 2017

Loved Windsor Palace and the town. Buckingham Palace was amazing and very happy to be in London when the Queen wasn't! My only criticism of this tour was the lack of communication by the tour guides. We were told to be at the bus by 12:30pm after visiting Windsor Castle. Therefore, most of us took precious time to eat lunch because we knew Buckingham would be next. When we arrived at Buckingham, the guide said we had 1 hour to eat lunch before our tour. That was 1 hour we could have used at Windsor Castle instead of eating. We were not able to finish seeing Windsor Castle and that was extremely disturbing. In addition, the guide took us to Buckingham, gave us our tickets, and left. She never said that we were on our own after that. Of course, we figured it out but customer service was lacking on this particular tour.

W
, Sep 2017

Excellent! Perfect opportunity to view and tour both palaces.


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