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Buckingham Palace tour: summer opening 2023

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Le palais de Buckingham et les jardins du mémorial de la Reine Victoria sous un coucher de soleil.
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Take a Buckingham Palace tour to explore one of the most famous royal venues in the world.

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PLEASE NOTE: BUCKINGHAM PALACE SUMMER OPENING IS NOW CLOSED FOR 2022.

Check back nearer the time for details of the Buckingham Palace Summer Opening in 2023.

Enjoy a self-guided tour of Buckingham Palace to see the lavishly furnished State Rooms at one of the world's few remaining working royal palaces, plus discover some of the Royal Collection's greatest treasures.

The Throne Room at Buckingham Palace with two thrones, red wallpaper and ornate gold decorations, including a chandelier. 

When can I buy Buckingham Palace tour tickets?

Buckingham Palace Summer Opening is now closed for 2022. Check back nearer the time for 2023 tickets.

What's inside Buckingham Palace? 

Buckingham Palace is a grand royal residence with 775 magnificent rooms. 

Highlights of the Buckingham Palace summer opening include: 

  • The 19 beautifully decorated State Rooms, used for receiving guests and official functions.
  • The Throne Room  often used as a backdrop for royal wedding photos.
  • The magnificent Grand Staircase.
  • Pieces of fine art, including works by Canaletto, Rembrandt and Vermeer.
  • A multimedia tour introduced by King Charles III.

A long gallery with pink walls lined with framed paintings. 

Who lives at Buckingham Palace?

Buckingham Palace was Queen Elizabeth II's residence in London. She had other residences, including Windsor Castle (which you can also visit), Sandringham House and Balmoral.

Is Buckingham Palace open to the public? 

Buckingham Palace is open to the public during the summer months. 

When can I visit Buckingham Palace?

Buckingham Palace tours take place between July and October. If you're not able to visit during this time, take a look at London's other royal attractions.

What are the Buckingham Palace opening times?

Buckingham Palace is usually open on Thursdays to Mondays from 9am to 5.45pmfrom July to October. Entry is on a timed admission basis and ideally you should arrive no later than 10 minutes before the entry time on your ticket.

How much do tickets cost?

Buckingham Palace in the background with the lake and yellow flowers pictured, as part of the Buckingham Palace Garden tour.

Tickets to visit Buckingham Palace’s State Rooms cost £19.50 for adults aged 18 to 24, £30 for adults over 24 years of age, and £16.50 for children over five years of age – children under five enter for free, but tickets must be booked in advance.

You can also buy an add-on ticket, which includes a 45-minute guided tour of Buckingham Palace gardens following your visit to the State Rooms, from the Royal Collection Trust’s website.

How long does it take to tour Buckingham Palace? 

It takes between two hours and 30 minutes to explore Buckingham Palace.

Where is Buckingham Palace?

Buckingham Palace is located in central London. The closest Tube stations are Victoria, Green Park and Hyde Park Corner. Several buses also stop nearby. If you are arriving by coach, Victoria Coach Station is only a 10-minute walk away.

Are the Royal Mews and The Queen’s Gallery part of Buckingham Palace?

Both the Royal Mews and The Queen’s Gallery are part of the Buckingham Palace site, but have their own visitor entrances and so can be visited separately, or as part of a combined ticket. Both venues are open for most of the year, including when the palace itself is closed. Buy a combined ticket to visit Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews.

If you're looking for an alternative to Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle is a royal residence close to London which is open all year round. See Windsor castle tickets and tours (including coach tours).

Important information

Buckingham Palace Summer Opening is now closed for 2022. Check back nearer the time for details of the Buckingham Palace Summer Opening in 2023.

Prices

Child Ticket Up to £16.50 per ticket
Adult Ticket £19.50 to £30.00 per ticket

Venue Details & Map

Buckingham Palace

Address
Buckingham Palace
London
SW1A 1AA
Telephone:
+44 (0)20 3123 7321
Email
bookinginfo@rct.uk
Website
http://www.royalcollection.org.uk

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