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About the Buckingham Palace

The official residence of the British Monarchy.

The Changing of the Guard takes place several times a week at 11am (typically Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays).

During the summer months, when The Queen is not in residence, the main staterooms are open to the public to visit.

IMPORTANT - Although venues are reopening, their hours may differ from normal, and most now need prebooking before you visit.


Address

Buckingham Palace,
Buckingham Palace Road,
London,
SW1A 1AA

Link to Buckingham Palace's website

 

Buckingham Palace Map

 

Fequently asked questions

What's the nearest railway station to Buckingham Palace

The nearest station is London Victoria which is 0.3 miles away.


Buckingham Palace - Latest News

More tickets released for Buckingham Palace picnics this summer
More tickets released for Buckingham Palace picnics this summer

More tickets are being released to the public to have picnics in Buckingham Palace’s back garden this summer.

Have a picnic in Buckingham Palace’s garden this summer
Have a picnic in Buckingham Palace’s garden this summer

Normally not part of the tourist visits, this summer the garden at Buckingham Palace will be opened to the public for the first time, and they’re allowing picnics on the lawn.

New book looks behind the scenes of Buckingham Palace’s garden
New book looks behind the scenes of Buckingham Palace’s garden

Buckingham Palace’s Head Gardener is spilling the “authorised” secrets of London’s largest private garden in a new book.

Buckingham Palace starts selling its own gin
Buckingham Palace starts selling its own gin

Fancy a gin made from botanicals taken from Buckingham Palace’s own back garden?

Unbuilt London: The new Buckingham Palace
Unbuilt London: The new Buckingham Palace

It’s 1910, the British Empire is at its height and people are starting to think that Buckingham Palace is rather shabby for an Imperial capital.

Was Buckingham Palace built on the site of a gay brothel?
Was Buckingham Palace built on the site of a gay brothel?

There is a story that does the rounds, that the site currently occupied by Buckingham Palace was once a gay brothel.

Sheep and cattle grazing in Green Park this week
Sheep and cattle grazing in Green Park this week

It’s “Green Park Grazing Week” this week, which means sheep and cattle will be roaming around the Royal Park munching away to keep the grasses low.

Red Arrows to fly over London on Saturday
Red Arrows to fly over London on Saturday

Look to the skies on Saturday lunchtime (8th June), as a military flypast will pass over central London, followed by the Red Arrows.

Details released for RAF’s 100th birthday flypast over Central London
Details released for RAF’s 100th birthday flypast over Central London

A huge flypast will take place over central London on Tuesday 10th July to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force, and the flight details have now been released.

See the Royal Carriages behind Buckingham Palace
See the Royal Carriages behind Buckingham Palace

Hidden behind a rather small easy to ignore door in a high imposing wall next to Buckingham Palace can be found a large collection of regal bling.

Red Arrows to fly over London on Saturday
Red Arrows to fly over London on Saturday

A large formation of military aircraft, including the Red Arrows will fly over Central London on Saturday lunchtime, for the Queen’s official birthday.

Museum Meals – Buckingham Palace
Museum Meals – Buckingham Palace

I wasn’t going to list venues you have to pay to go in to in order to eat, but I’ve been in the Palace for other reasons on several occasions, and usually stop off at the garden cafe before I leave.

See Prince Charles’s model tube station
See Prince Charles’s model tube station

Buckingham Palace has opened its doors again for the now-annual summer opening, and as usual has a special this-year-only exhibition inside some of the rooms.

Optical illusion Lets you “wear” the Queen’s Coronation Robes
Optical illusion Lets you “wear” the Queen’s Coronation Robes

On the 20th year of its Summer openings, Buckingham Palace has inadvertently given people the chance to appear as if they are wearing the Queen’s coronation robes.

20 years ago – Queen announces public tours of Buckingham Palace
20 years ago – Queen announces public tours of Buckingham Palace

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the announcement that Buckingham Palace would open to the public during the summers.

Diamonds on Display at Buckingham Palace
Diamonds on Display at Buckingham Palace

Time for the now annual Summer Opening at Buckingham Palace with the state rooms in their unchanging glory, and a special display in a side room, which this year is appropriately Diamond themed.

25 military aircraft to fly over London on Saturday
25 military aircraft to fly over London on Saturday

Details of the annual flypast to mark The Queen’s official birthday were announced a couple of days ago – and despite some concerns about their itinerary, the Red Arrows WILL be part of the flypast again this year.

Secret tube train to Buckingham Palace
Secret tube train to Buckingham Palace

As a bit of a fan of tunnels under London, I am often asked about the oft-rumoured tube tunnel that allegedly links Buckingham Palace to, depending on the rumour, Downing Street or Green Park.

 

Recent exhibitions

Visit the palace, see the 19 state rooms and an exhibition about the Queen's wardrobe.
2016-07-23
2016-10-02
The summer opening of Buckingham Palace will tell the story of The Queen’s reign through a display of official gifts presented to Her Majesty.
2017-08-05
2017-09-24
The summer opening of Buckingham Palace, with an art display curated by the Prince of Wales.
2018-07-21
2018-09-30

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