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Visit Buckingham Palace, the home of Queen Elizabeth II, the main palace of the British Royal Family and the home of the monarch since Queen Victoria moved in in 1837. Visitors can see the Royal Mews, the Queen’s Gallery, or (in summer) the State Rooms of the palace. The palace is extremely popular and tickets can sell out, so book in advance to make sure you get to visit.
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Get your tickets to the State Rooms (in summer only), the Royal Mews, or the Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace.
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5 tips for visiting the Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace | Photo: Tobias Michaelsen - CC BY 2.0
Tickets will be issued with a timeslot and it’s highly recommended that you book in advance as they often sell out, especially when the State Rooms are open in summer. And make sure to arrive for your slot on time, because there’s no guarantee you’ll get in if you’re late.
Buckingham Palace Gardens | Photo: jonnamichelle. - CC BY-SA 2.0
Tickets include a multimedia guide in either English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, and Mandarin, plus a special guide for families, an audio-descriptive tour for blind or partially-sighted visitors and a video tour for Deaf and hard of hearing visitors.
Security at the palace is tight - guests will have to go through an airport-style security check, so make sure you don’t have any prohibited items with you. These include: bags too large to fit standard airport security scanners, knives with a lockable blade or a blade over 3 inches (7.7cm) in length, CS or pepper spray. Pen knives with smaller blades, kirpans, scissors, long umbrellas, alcohol, and paints or aerosols should be checked into the cloakroom before entering the State Rooms.
Enjoy the gardens while you’re in them! You can get a great view out across the lawns from the Garden Café, or combine your visit to the State Rooms with a guided tour of the garden’s highlights, led by an expert guide. The tour will take you to see the lake, the Rose Garden, the tennis court, and the huge Waterloo Vase.
Wear comfortable shoes - in addition to the walk through the long galleries of the State Rooms, the exit to the palace is located through the gardens, a half-mile walk.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s there to see inside Buckingham Palace?

Buckingham Palace is the home of Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, during the majority of the year, and the State Rooms inside are only open over the summer months, which the Royal Family usually spend in Scotland. You’ll see several of the rooms used daily by the Queen, or on special occasions such as State Banquets, such as the White Drawing Room, the Throne Room, and the Ballroom. Visitors will also see the Picture Gallery, which features a changing array of masterpieces from the Royal collection. Some artists featured include Rembrandt, Titian, and Rubens. In addition, every summer there are special exhibitions. In 2019, the special exhibition is themed on Queen Victoria’s Palace and celebrates the 200th anniversary of her birth. Read more.

What’s in the Royal Mews and the Queen’s Gallery?

The Queen’s Gallery is open year-round and features rotating exhibitions of art from the Royal Collection, including paintings, furniture, and photographs. For example, until the end of April 2019, the Queen’s Gallery featured an exhibition about the Russian royal family, and from May 2019 until mid-October the exhibition will be focused on the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci. The Royal Mews (‘mews’ being another word for stables or carriage houses) is home to the state coaches and carriages, as well as around 30 horses who are used to draw the coaches on state occasions and state cars. Read more.

Will we get to see the Queen?

...Maybe. It’s possible. You’re unlikely to see her during the summer opening of the State Rooms since the opening is deliberately timed to happen when she’s away at one of the Scottish palaces. If you’re around Buckingham Palace throughout the rest of the year, you might see her leaving for an engagement, but there’s no way to know for sure. If you’re seriously hoping to see her or any other member of the Royal Family then your best bet is to keep an eye on to see if any of them are attending events near you. Read more.

How long should I plan for my visit?

A visit to the State Rooms takes around 2 and a half hours, although if you’re not interested in listening to each stop of the multimedia guide then you can move through at a slightly faster pace. The multimedia tour at The Royal Mews takes about 45 minutes, and the one at The Queen’s Gallery takes about an hour. If you’re intending to see all the available exhibits at Buckingham Palace then you should plan at least 5 hours for your visit. Read more.

Can I take my children on the tour?

Children are welcome in all parts of the palace. They might not enjoy the Queen’s Gallery, as the exhibitions aren’t designed with children in mind and aren’t interactive. They are more likely to enjoy wandering through the State Rooms pretending they’re princes or princesses and imagining the Queen drinking her tea in the White Drawing Room, plus there’s a child-friendly multimedia tour, narrated by Alice the footman and Rex the corgi! There’s also a family pavilion, open during the summer State Room opening times, with costumes to trip on and toys for under 5’s to play with. Young children will also enjoy the Royal Mews, as they’ll get to see the Queen’s horses and there are several interactive exhibits - they can dress up in livery, practice tacking up a wooden horse, and sit inside a replica royal carriage! There are also special family tours of the Royal Mews at 1.30pm on Saturday and Sunday from April to October. Strollers can’t be taken into the State Rooms, but baby carriers and hip seats can be borrowed free of charge. Read more.

Can I take photographs?

Photography inside the State Rooms isn’t permitted. You can take photos inside the Royal Mews and the Queen’s Gallery, and within the grounds and gardens outside the palace building. Read more.

General information

Opening Hours:

The State Rooms of Buckingham Palace are open between the end of July and the end of September. From July 20 to August 31 they open at 9.30 am, with final admission at 5.15 pm before closing time at 7.30 pm. From September 1 to September 29 they open at 9.30 am, with final admission at 4.15 pm before closing time at 6.30 pm. There are also a handful of exclusive tours available during winter and spring.
The Royal Mews is open from February to November from 10 am. In February, March, and November, final admission is at 3.15 pm before closing time at 4 pm, from the end of March to the end of October, final admission is at 4.15 pm before closing time at 5 pm.
The Queen’s Gallery is open year-round. During the summer opening of Buckingham Palace, the gallery opens at 9.30 am, with final admission at 4.15 pm ahead of closing time at 5.30 pm. At all other times of the year, the gallery opens at 10 am with the same closing time.


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Tickets to the State Rooms only cost £25 for adults, £22.80 for students and visitors aged over 60, and £14 for children aged between 5 and 17 and for disabled visitors.
Tickets for The Royal Mews only cost £12 for adults, £11 for students and visitors over the age of 60, and £6.80 for children between 5 and 17 and disabled visitors.
Tickets for The Queen’s Gallery only cost £12 for adults, £10.80 for visitors aged over 60, £10 for students, and £6 for children aged 5 to 17 and disabled visitors.
‘Royal Day Out’ tickets, which include entry to the State Rooms, Royal Mews, and the Queen’s Gallery, cost £45 for adults, £40 for students and visitors aged 60 and over, and £24.50 for children and disabled visitors. Children under the age of 5 can enter free of charge.

How to get there:

The easiest way to reach Buckingham Palace is by public transportation. The closest national rail train stations are London Victoria or London Charing Cross. Alternatively, you can take London Underground services to Victoria (served by the Victoria, Circle, and District lines), Green Park (served by the Jubilee, Piccadilly, and Victoria lines), St. James’s Park (served by the District and Circle lines), or Hyde Park Corner (served by the Piccadilly line). Buckingham Palace Road has a bus stop which is served by numbers 11, 211, C1, and C10, and the palace is also a 10-minute walk from Victoria Coach Station.
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