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Visit to Buckingham Palace, London: how to get there, prices and advice


It is simply the home of our dreams. Over 700 rooms full of charm, history, elegance and ... gossip! Let's not forget, moreover, that if the walls of the sumptuous Buckingham Palace could talk, they would have a lot of centuries-old anecdotes to tell! In addition to being the year of the wedding between Prince Henry and Meghan Markle, is also relevant for the subjects of his Majesty, the flatterers of the Royal Family and for the irreducible tourists, since the Queen Elizabeth II will allow, starting from the summer, public access in some areas of the building, as well as in the splendid e lush royal garden. What are you waiting for?



Index

  1. Hours and prices
  2. Online tickets and guided tours
  3. Where is it and how to get there
  4. What to see and how to visit Buckingham Palace in London
  5. Useful tips for visiting the attraction
  6. Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
  7. User questions and comments

Hours and prices

Not just the known Changing of the guard: when the Royal Palace opens its gates to the public, it offers a view - albeit not total - of the important rooms occupied by the Queen and her most trusted collaborators.
The tour includes: the visit at State Chambers (Among the most important, we remember the White Lounge, the Music Room and the Throne Room), the visit to the Queen's Gallery (Art Gallery of the building), the visit to the luxuriant Royal Gardens and the Visit at Royal Stables.


Free for under 5 years


Online tickets and guided tours

  • Guided tour of London + Changing of the Guard ceremony: from € 19,62 per person - Buy online
  • Buckingham Palace guided tour + Changing of the Guard ceremony: from € 65,80 per person - Buy online
  • Buckingham Palace Guided Tour + Afternoon Tea in Luxurious Hotel: from € 91,20 per person - Buy online

Where is it and how to get there

From central London, Buckingham Palace is relatively inexpensive; it is therefore possible to enjoy a walk through the streets of London, until you reach the majestic home of the Windsors.

  • On foot: Driving south on The Mall towards Spring Gardens takes minutes - Get Directions
  • By bus: about 10 minutes from the city center. The means of reference are numbers 11, 44, 211, C1 and C10, departing from Eccleston Bridge (Stop T), with a stop at Victoria Stn Grosvenor Gdns (Stop S); the rest of the road section is completed on foot
  • By metro: just board the vehicle from the following lines: Victoria (Victoria, Circle and District lines); Green Park (Victoria, Piccadilly and Jubilee lines); Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly Line)

What to see and how to visit Buckingham Palace in London

Administrative center of the English monarchy, Buckingham Palace is undoubtedly a sumptuous building as well one of the largest and most interesting buildings in the whole capital.

Spread over an area of ​​over 77.000 square meters, the building it has more than 700 rooms in total, 19 of which used for representative events (for example, political meetings and official ceremonies), 52 bedrooms, 92 offices, 78 bathrooms and 188 rooms for servants. Among the most famous rooms, the immense Ballroom stands out, but also the famous room "1844", dedicated to the most intimate dinners and parties of the royal family.

It is therefore a real monumental building, open only for a few months a year to tourists, who can access the west wing of the Noble Floor, where the main rooms are located. To help you in your visit, we have selected the most significant rooms to see during your tour inside Buckingham Palace. We also recommend that you take part in the royal walking tour with ticket included, to better discover this magical home.



Ground floor

  • Entry of the ambassadors: located on the right side of the building, is the entrance intended for "insiders"
  • Main entrance: located in the main building, it is the most used entrance that leads directly to the heart of the building

Piano Nobile (Representative rooms)

The 19 staterooms are probably the most beautiful and prestigious of the whole building, since their realization was commissioned to the best European artists. In addition, valuable furnishings and elements from the Royal Collection were used for the decorations.

  • Hall of the Throne: embellished with damask furnishings and the imposing "queen's chair", this room was used for the official coronation of the sovereign of England. The throne was in fact made for Queen Victoria around 1837 and used by Queen Elizabeth herself in 1937
  • Ballroom: once used for concerts and royal dances, today it is used for investitures and state banquets. With its large hall and mirrored walls, it is the largest boardroom in the complex
  • Picture Gallery: with its 47 m length, this room exhibits some pieces of the Royal Collection, regularly changed according to the wishes of the sovereigns. It is also used as a waiting room for guests who have to participate in the investiture ceremonies
  • Blue room: used as an original ballroom until the construction of the current one in 1855, this room was commissioned by the sovereign George IV. Very characteristic is the Table of the Great Leaders, donated to the English monarchy by the King of France Louis XVIII
  • White room: used for the preparation of the Royal Family before official events, it is the grandest room of 19. Next to it, is the Marble Hall, full of precious sculptures
  • Room with Balcony: from the large central balcony, the queen and all the Royal Family in tow make their public appearance on holidays and official events
  • Private apartments (not open to visitors): also on the Noble Floor, on the left side of the building, there are also the royal apartments.

Exteriors of the building

If the beauty of London's gardens wasn't enough for you as you cross Green Park and St. James's Park, very close to Buckingham Palace, then feast your eyes on the beautiful palace garden.

Buckingham Palace's Garden indeed is a real oasis characterized by a colorful carpet and an infinity of perfumes, ideal to visit in spring / summer. While it is true that wandering around the park is, in our opinion, the best way to visit it and discover romantic views, do not miss the summer estate, the rose garden and the immense tennis court of the palace.



Useful tips for visiting the attraction

  1. Get up early: reaching the Royal Palace early allows you to avoid the inevitable and boring queues at the entrance;
  2. Buy the city card: the London Pass allows free entry to the Queen's Gallery, allowing you to save £ 9,75 on the final ticket price;
  3. Priority ticket: booking the Buckingham Palace tour is an absolute diktat to avoid unpleasant surprises;
  4. Watch out for restrictions: access to Buckingham Palace requires compliance with certain safety rules such as, for example, not entering the halls of the attraction with a stroller. The "vehicle" can be registered at the entrance to be collected at the exit at the end of the tour. It is also forbidden to shoot videos and photographs for commercial purposes inside the State Rooms;
  5. Minimum time: to see and admire the thousand "pearls" of this palace at its best, it takes at least 3 hours;
  6. Security checks: during the high season, and for security reasons, you may wait longer than normal at the entrance due to the strict security checks: arm yourself with patience!

Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief

It became the home of the English royalty starting in 1837 ed its name is due to the Duke of Buckingham, John Sheffield, first owner of the attraction.
Buckingham Palace is a truly monumental building which it has 775 rooms, including bathrooms, offices, royal rooms, guest rooms, and staff rooms.
Access to Buckingham Palace is possible in the summer months, as the Queen and the entire Royal Family are temporarily moving into Windsor Castle: if you were hoping for a selfie with the stainless Elizabeth II, you will be forced to shelve the idea!

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