Buckingham Palace

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

History

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

Tourists can visit the Royal Palace, but it is only open to the public a couple of months a year: between July and October. If you are in London during these months, you can either buy the least expensive ticket which gives you access to the State Rooms and Buckingham Palace, or you can purchase slightly more expensive tickets which include a visit to the Royal Mews and The Queen’s Gallery.

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

The Changing of the Guard usually takes place at 11am on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Mondays. 

Schedule

21 July – 31 August 2018: Open daily, admission 9:30am – 5:15pm, closing time 7pm
1 September – 30 September 2018: Open daily, admission 9:30 – 15:15, closing time ​6pm

Price

The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace: 
Adults: £24.00
Students and seniors (over 60): £22.00
Children (under 17) or disable: £13.50
Children (under 5): Free entry
Royal Day Out (The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace, The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews) 
Adults: £42.30
Students and seniors (over 60): £38.50
Children (under 17): £23.30
Children (under 5): Free entry

Transport

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

Nearby places

Green Park (256 m)
St James’s Park (613 m)
Apsley House (739 m)
Westminster Abbey (955 m)
Piccadilly Circus (1.1 km)