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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
  • Hotel pickup included

Why Our Insiders Chose 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.

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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

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!

Clinton M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Loved it.

Alberta Geyer G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Convenient pick up at hotel took us to the coach station were we boarded a bus to Windsor Castle. Windsor Castle, the grounds, St. Georges chapel, the quaint surrounding town are not to be missed. Then we headed to Buckingham Palace where we had time to grab lunch before entry and spend as much time there as we wanted. Our guide on the bus was very informative and amusing, making it quite a pleasant ride.

David S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great tour, and great guide! Everything about this tour was great, with the exception of the weather. We had requested a sunny day, but I guess that part of our request was denied!

Damien M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent tour.

frenchj

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

I totally recommend this tour.

Arlene S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Beautiful without a doubt. I was VERY DISAPPOINTED in the journey. We were supposed to have a private coach/van accommodating about pick us up at our hotel. I received an email before we left Canada that the pick up point had been changed to Victoria Coach Station, which was fine as we were right there, but it wasn't a private van it was a full size. That really annoyed me. That's not what I paid for. But in the mean time, Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace are incredible to see. Just a note, there is full on airport type security at the entrances of both sites. So there is a slow line up to get in, but that's to be expected these days I guess.

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