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Buckingham Palace

Since 1837, Buckingham Palace has been the London residence of the Royal Family and where Queen Elisabeth II currently resides.

History

Buckingham Palace, Changing the Guard
Buckingham Palace, Changing the Guard

Buckingham Palace, Victoria Memorial
Victoria Memorial in Buckingham Palace

Built in 1703 for the Duke of Buckingham, the building was acquired by King George III in 1762 as a private residence. Since the eighteenth century, the palace has been enlarged and remodelled on several occasions.

Extraordinarily, the palace survived the air attacks during the two World Wars. During World War I, the Palace remained unharmed. However, during World War II it was bombed on several occasions, destroying the palace chapel in 1940.

Visiting Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace can only be visited several months a year; between July and October. There are two different admission tickets; one less expensive that gives access to the State Rooms and Buckingham Palace, and one slightly more expensive that includes a visit to the Royal Mews and The Queen’s Gallery.

As well as visiting Buckingham Palace, the Changing of Guard takes place in the forecourt throughout the year, attracting thousands of tourists annually.

Location

Buckingham Palace Road

When to visit

23 July – 31 August 2016: Open daily 09:15 – 19:45
1 September – 2 October: Open daily 9:15 – 18:45

Fares

The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace:
Adults: £21.50
Students and seniors (over 60): £19,60
Children (under 17): £12,30
Children (under 5): Free entry
Royal Day Out (The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace, The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews)
Adults: £37
Students and seniors (over 60): £33,80
Children (under 17): £20,80
Children (under 5): Free entry

Transport

Tube: Green Park (Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria lines)
Buses: 11, 211, 239, C1 and C10.

Map

Buckingham Palace, location map

Related activities

  • Discover the spirit of London on this full-day guided tour. Visit the city’s most famous landmarks and see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and finally take a sightseeing cruise.

    Idioma English Duración 9 hours Precio 129$