Buckingham Palace

See the splendor of the Queen’s famous London home and discover its secrets as one of the world’s last working palaces.

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Buckingham Palace: Our most recommended tours and activities

Buckingham Palace: The State Rooms Entrance Ticket

1. Buckingham Palace: The State Rooms Entrance Ticket

Explore London's arguably most iconic attraction with a tour of the Buckingham Palace State Rooms. Gain privileged access to one of the Official Residences of Her Majesty the Queen and admire the beautiful collections on display as you make your way from room to room. The term "State Rooms" refers to the public rooms of a Palace, in which monarchs receive, reward, and entertain their subjects and visiting dignitaries. Today the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are used extensively by The Queen and members of the Royal Family to receive and entertain their guests on State, ceremonial, and official occasions. The State Rooms are furnished with many of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt and Rubens, sculptures by Canova, exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain, and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. At the end of your State Rooms Buckingham Palace tour, the popular Garden Café is the perfect place to gather and enjoy views across the famous lawn.

London: Changing of the Guard Tour

2. London: Changing of the Guard Tour

Join a local guide as you are served a slice of world-famous ceremonial action with a private or shared group tour Changing of the Guards experience. There is so much more to this extravagant shift change than meets the eye. With your guide to lead the way, you’ll soon know your Welsh from your Grenadier guard, and understand what the deal is with those fuzzy bearskin hats. Hear the astounding origins of this dazzling spectacle and get a handle on the significance of every color, button, mascot, symbol, and movement in this most British of traditions. From the best possible viewing point, your small group will join the guards on their journey toward Buckingham Palace as you march to the beat of their drums. Get as close as possible with the opportunity to take some amazing snapshots.

Big London Ticket: London Eye, Big Bus & Thames River Cruise

3. Big London Ticket: London Eye, Big Bus & Thames River Cruise

Discover the best of London with a hop-on, hop-off tour on-board an open-top, double-decker bus and enjoy a trip on the London Eye as part of your ticket. A hop-on, hop-off tour is the ideal way to discover the best sights, landmarks and attractions of London at your own pace. The tour gives you unlimited use, with stops strategically placed at all the places you would like to visit including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge and St Pauls Cathedral. Hop off the bus at Westminster Bridge to take an unforgettable ride on the London Eye. From the top, you can take in the breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of the city's impressive skyline. See the city's most famous sights including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament from an unrivaled bird's eye view. You can start your tour at any of the Big Bus stops. Popular starting points include the London Eye, Marble Arch, Victoria Station and Trafalgar Square. With all ticket types you can enjoy a boat cruise along the River Thames. A Classic ticket includes a single river cruise from Westminster to the Tower of London (in either direction). Departure times vary for the river cruise. You can board the river cruise at Tower Pier (near stop 16), Greenwich Pier, Westminster Pier (near stop 18) and the London Eye Pier (near stop 11). Big Bus route highlights include Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, 10 Downing Street, Whitehall, Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Street, Regent Street, Trafalgar Square, London Eye, London Dungeon, Sea Life London Aquarium, Madame Tussauds, Covent Garden, Bank of England, Monument, St Pauls Cathedral, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, The Shard, City Hall, Lambeth Palace, British Museum, Marble Arch, Mayfair, Green Park, Hyde Park Corner, Harrods, South Kensington Museums, Kensington Palace and Notting Hill.

London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

4. London: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

Discover what London has to offer on a hop-on hop-off tour of the English capital. Pass iconic landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, London Eye, and Big Ben with audio commentary available on board. Choose from a selection of tickets and routes. You can also explore London on foot with a live guide with a choice of 3 daily walking tours (included in Premium & Deluxe tickets). Walking Tours last about 1.5-2 hours. Changing of the Guard Walking Tour – 10 AM – Stop 7 (Trafalgar Square) Royal Platinum Jubilee Walk – 1 PM – Stop 1 (Green Park Underground) Jack the Ripper – 4 PM – Stop 16 (Tower of London) Classic Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 1 day (24 hours from time of redemption) Single river cruise between Westminster and Tower of London – either direction Premium Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 2 days (48 hours from time of redemption) Single river cruise between Westminster and Tower of London – either direction Panoramic evening tour A choice of 3 live guided walking tours Deluxe Ticket Hop-on, hop-off for 3 days (72 hours from time of redemption) Single river cruise between Westminster and Tower of London – either direction Panoramic evening tour A choice of 3 live guided walking tours Discover London via 3 specially-designed routes covering over 45 stops: Red Route The Red route takes in the best of historic London including Big Ben, the London Eye, and St Paul’s Cathedral. Frequency: approx. every 10-20 minutes. Blue Route The Blue Route is a comprehensive route covering all of central London from Kensington Palace in the West to the Tower of London in the East. Stops include Harrods, the South Kensington Museums, and Madame Tussauds. Frequency: approx. every 10-20 minutes. River Cruise A Classic ticket includes a river cruise from Westminster to the Tower of London (in either direction) whilst the Premium and Deluxe tickets include a Single river cruise between Westminster and the Tower of London (in either direction). The river cruise includes live commentary in 8 languages. See top London attractions lining the Thames, including Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, Shakespeare's Globe, and the Tate Modern. Departure times for the river cruise are approximately every 45 minutes. Panoramic Evening Tour The panoramic evening tour is included in the Premium & Premium Plus ticket types. Discover the magic of London as the city becomes illuminated in the evening. Hop on for a one-round panoramic tour past London's top landmarks as the sun begins to set. The tour departs daily at 06:00 PM from bus stop 11 at The London Eye.

Buckingham Palace: The Queen's Gallery Entrance Ticket

5. Buckingham Palace: The Queen's Gallery Entrance Ticket

Visit the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace and soak up its extravagance. The building that originally stood on the site of the current Queen’s Gallery was designed by John Nash as one of Buckingham Palace’s three identical conservatories or pavilions in the form of Ionic temples. It was constructed on the south-west corner of the Palace, facing the garden, and was completed in 1831. The conservatory was converted into a private chapel for Queen Victoria in 1843, but destroyed in an air raid in 1940. At the suggestion of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, it was redeveloped as a gallery for the Royal Collection in 1962.   The current Queen’s Gallery was opened by Her Majesty The Queen in May 2002, as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations. It hosts a programme of changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection.

London: Changing of the Guard & Buckingham Palace Tour

6. London: Changing of the Guard & Buckingham Palace Tour

Take advantage of a rare opportunity to explore the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace, and experience one of the most historic ceremonies of the Royal Family in London. Watch the Changing of the Guards in the company of a local guide, who will explain the history and pageantry behind the ceremony. Gasp at the precision skills of the Queen’s Foot Guards as they march to the sounds of a military band, or see the mounted Household Cavalry - resplendent on horseback - change guards at Horse Guards Parade. If you book your tour on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday, you’ll get to experience the change of the Household Cavalry. Admire the lavish apartments and sparkling chandeliers of Buckingham Palace. See some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection, including exquisite Sèvres porcelain and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. An official audio guide will be provided to tell the history of the sumptuous furnishings and ornaments, and to put it all into historical context.

London: Top 30 Sights and Westminster Abbey

7. London: Top 30 Sights and Westminster Abbey

Start with a walking tour of the history, culture, and legends of one of Europe’s best-loved cities. Head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard ceremony. Head to Westminster, see Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. See 30 sights in one day, including: • Buckingham Palace • Trafalgar Square • Changing of the Guard • Big Ben • Downing Street • Westminster Abbey • Whitehall • Houses of Parliament • London Eye • Shakespeare’s Globe Theater • London Bridge • Southwark Cathedral • The Shard (tallest skyscraper in the EU) • HMS Belfast (Second World War Battleship) • Square Mile • Tower Bridge • Tower of London Then, head to Westminster Abbey. Since the coronation of William the Conqueror in 1066, all coronations of English and British monarchs have been in Westminster Abbey. There have been 16 royal weddings at the abbey since 1100. Henry III rebuilt the abbey in honor of a royal saint, Edward the Confessor, whose relics were placed in a shrine in the sanctuary. Henry III himself was interred nearby, as were many of the Plantagenet kings of England, their wives, and other relatives. Until the death of George II in 1760, most kings and queens were buried in the abbey.

Buckingham Palace: The Royal Mews Entrance Ticket

8. Buckingham Palace: The Royal Mews Entrance Ticket

The Royal Mews is an important branch of the Lord Chamberlain's Office and provides road transport for The Queen and members of the Royal Family by both horse-drawn carriage and motor car. It is also one of the finest working stables still in existence, responsible for the training of the Windsor Greys and Cleveland Bays, the horses that pull the royal carriages. Among the historic coaches and carriages on display is the spectacular new Diamond Jubilee State Coach, which conveyed Her Majesty The Queen on the State Opening of Parliament on 4 June 2014. What's more, cast your eye over the luxurious Australian State Coach, with central heating and electric windows, which carried The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace after the Royal Wedding in 2011. The most dazzling of all is the Gold State Coach, which has been used at every coronation since that of George IV in 1821.  Among the vehicles on display, you can also find the Irish State Coach, purchased by Queen Victoria in 1852. Queen Victoria, King George VI and Her Majesty The Queen have all travelled to the State Opening of Parliament in this carriage.  During your visit to the Royal Mews, relish the opportunity to see some of The Queen’s horses that draw the coaches and carriages housed in the Mews. Visitors to the Royal Mews can also see some of the fine livery worn by The Queen’s coachmen. Apart from a few small details, it remains much the same as it was in Victorian times.  Remarkably, some of the tailors used for production of liveries today are the same companies employed during the reign of George III in the 18th century.

London: German-Speaking Guided Tour of Westminster

9. London: German-Speaking Guided Tour of Westminster

Start your 2.5-hour tour of Westminster's best attractions near Green Park Underground Station, led by a German-speaking guide. Enjoy an unspoiled view of Buckingham Palace, the main London residence of the British Monarchy since Queen Victoria's time. View the Horse Guards ride past on their way to the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Continue your walk along The Mall, the famous red-paved street and ceremonial route the Queen takes when leaving Buckingham Palace. Follow in the steps of your qualified City of London and City of Westminster guide across the fascinating area of central London. Stroll past Clarence House, St. James' Palace, and Trafalgar Square before you arrive at Westminster Abbey and Parliament Square.

Full-Day Total London Tour & Flight on the London Eye

10. Full-Day Total London Tour & Flight on the London Eye

Taking in some of London’s most famous sights along the way, including the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Tower of London, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The morning part of the tour begins with a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral, where you enter as their doors open. You can hear the 17th-century organ that Mendelssohn once played, see medieval relics in the crypt below, and visit the tombs of famous historical figures. On Sundays, when viewing is restricted, you can enter the cathedral for one of the services. After leaving St. Paul’s Cathedral the tour heads to Buckingham Palace, the London residence of the Queen, to watch the changing of the guard. Please note that if the changing of the guard is not taking place you’ll still go to Buckingham Palace for a photo stop. In the afternoon the tour continues with a visit to the Tower of London built in 1066 by William the Conqueror, your guide will regale you with fascinating insights into the history of this Royal Palace and fortress. Ample time will be given to view the Crown Jewels and the White Tower and to wander around this imposing fortress.  Now you will enjoy a guided private boat trip on the River Thames and admire excellent views of Tower Bridge, St. Paul's Cathedral, London Bridge, Shakespeare's Globe from the river.  The spectacular finish to the day’s tour is a flight on the London Eye! What an amazing day!

Planning Your Visit

  • When to See the Changing of the Guards

    The changing of the guard takes place everyday at 11:30am from April through July, and on alternate days the rest of the year. Due to its popularity, the changing of the guard attracts massive crowds. If you want to secure a spot near the fence to get the best view of the spectacle, it's necessary to show up at least a couple of hours in advance.

  • Book Your Tour in Time

    Visiting the inside of Buckingham Palace is only possible during summer, usually August and September. Tickets go fast, so make sure to book well in advance. It takes about 2 to 3 hours to see everything and the palace visiting hours are 9:30am to 7:30pm in August, while in September it's open from 9:30am to 6:30pm. Note that to also visit the gardens, you have to buy the appropriate ticket, as regular tickets only grant access to the interiors.

  • Check if the Queen is Home

    Those curious to know whether the Queen is at home need only check the roof of the palace. If the Royal Standard flag (red, yellow and blue) is flying, then it means the Queen is home, otherwise the Union Jack is raised instead.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Normally open daily 9:30AM - 5:30PM (last admission at 4:15PM). Be sure to check variable opening times before going!
  • Is it expensive?
    Free to look at from the outside. Standard adult ticket costs £10
  • Will I need a guide?
    Free audio tour included in admission price!
  • How to get there
    By Tube: Green Park or Hyde Park Corner. By bus: Numbers 11, 211, C1 and C10 (stop on Buckingham Palace Road).
  • Additional information

    • You cannot eat or drink in the palace.

    • To see the changing of the guard, make sure to arrive early!

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What people are saying about Buckingham Palace

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 9,004 reviews

Our tour guide, David, was wonderful. Very accommodating when my mother needed a restroom, flexible and had insightful knowledge about the palaces. We enjoyed chatting and getting to know him a bit more over a lovely tea. The tea, sandwiches, scones and desserts were delicious, and they even provided to go boxes so we could take the rest with us. Thank you for a wonderful morning!

Super interesting tour with a lot of background information about the individual elements of the changing of the guard. It was also extremely helpful that our guide knew exactly when and where you had the best view of what was happening. Highly recommended!

Great ! The Big bus is really to do to have an overview, the nice boat for a view from the Thames and the eyes London an essential activity for a view from above.

Great opportunity to see many sights in one day and small alleys and corners in a very relaxed way. Great for children!

the tour of both Paris and London were excellent, buses were clean and the whole user experience were very pleasant