Buckingham Palace Tickets

Buckingham Palace is one of the most photographed London attractions and the permanent residence of Queen Elizabeth II. When the Royal Family are away on their summer trip to Scotland the doors are opened for visitors to have a glimpse into the splendour of the state apartments.

Opening hours

End of July to end of September, open daily

July 21st to August 31st - 9.30am to 7pm

September 1st to September 30th - 9.30am to 6pm

Last admission one hour before closing

How to get there

Westminster, London SW1A 1AA, UK

The easiest way to get to Buckingham Palace is by Tube. There are three stations all within 6 or 7min walking distance of Victoria Palace, Green Park, and St James's Park. Victoria also has a mainline railway station with connections to the rest of the London Underground and train network. If you're cycling, pick up a bike from any of the city's docking stations and leave it at the docking station in Buckingham Gate before entering the Palace. Driving is not recommended; parking options are limited and the London Congestion Charge applies in this area.

FAQ

What can I expect to see?
On a visit to Buckingham Palace, visitors can see inside the State Rooms, which are used for formal occasions such as banquets and receptions for visiting monarchs or heads of State. This includes the throne room, the picture gallery with its display of Old Master paintings, the huge Victorian ballroom, and the grand staircase. Visitors are not allowed into private areas of the palace, which are used by the Royal Family.
How long will a visit take?
Visitors move around the Palace at their own pace using an audio guide. You will be given a time slot to enter the palace when booking your ticket and it is essential that you stick to this entry time. Most visitors stay for around two hours, but you are free to spend as much time as you like admiring the interiors and looking at the artwork.
Can I take photographs?
For security reasons, you are not allowed to take pictures with a camera or mobile phone within the state rooms of the palace. Visitors are however free to take pictures in the gardens. If your visit coincides with the changing of the guard ceremony, you are free to film or photograph this time honoured tradition.
Can I book a guided tour?
There are no guided tours in the palace, but visitors can pick up a free audio guide on arrival. The multimedia tour is narrated by Prince Charles, and covers not only the history of the building but also of the people who lived there and the objects inside. Younger visitors can pick up the children's guide, where a young footman gives the inside scoop on palace life, with a bit of help from the corgis.
Are there restaurants in the palace?
There is a cafe within the grounds of the palace. It sells refreshments and light meals such as sandwiches and cakes, and the tables overlook the palace's lawn and lake. Visitors are also free to bring their own food and drinks, but are only allowed to picnic in designated areas.

Must-know

Throne Room
The main attraction for many visitors is the throne room, used by the Queen for official entertaining and functions. The central feature of the room are the two impressive thrones which were used for the Queen's coronation in 1953. The entire room is decorated in shades of scarlet and gold. The room also contains Queen Victoria's throne, as well as a famous full-length portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, commissioned for her 60th Jubilee celebrations.
Picture Gallery
The 47m long picture gallery features an ever-changing display of the best of British and international art. Artworks on display change regularly, as many pictures are borrowed from the palace by art galleries and museums. The pictures are grouped according to their subject matter and the nationality of the artist.
Ballroom
Arguably the most sumptuous room in the entire palace, the huge ballroom was opened in 1855. This is where visiting Heads of State wine and dine with senior members of the Royal Family under dazzling crystal chandeliers, and watched over by sphinxes and gilded works of art. This is also the room where the Queen and other senior royals present honorary awards to members of the public and celebrities.

Places nearby

Churchill War Rooms
Just a short walk through St James's Park is Whitehall Street, the epicentre of British government. Below street level are the Churchill War Rooms, a WW2 bunker where the British cabinet met to discuss strategy during the darkest days of conflict. Explore the underground tunnels, and learn about the events of the war and the life of Winston Churchill.
Churchill War Rooms
Churchill War Rooms. Willy Barton / Shutterstock.com
Hyde Park
One of the largest open spaces in London, Hyde Park provides a green and quiet space to escape the hustle and bustle of the city streets. Join the joggers, dog walkers, and horse riders on the park's paths, or hire a boat and get out on the water. A popular family spot is the Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, the perfect place to cool off on a hot summer's afternoon.
Hyde Park
Hyde Park
Madame Tussauds
The famous waxworks have been welcoming visitors to their home on Baker Street since 1836. Step through the doors of Madame Tussauds to meet your favourite stars of stage, screen, and sport. This isn't a stuffy museum where all you can do is look – Madame Tussauds encourages visitors to get up close and personal with their favourite stars. If you've always wanted a selfie with Cristiano Ronaldo or to sit on a sofa with George Clooney, here's your chance.
Madame Tussauds
Madame Tussauds. DaLiu / Shutterstock.com