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Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the London residence and administrative headquarters of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is often at the centre of state occasions and royal hospitality. It has been a focal point for the British people at times of national rejoicing and mourning.

Originally known as Buckingham House, the building at the core of today’s palace was a large townhouse built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703 on a site that had been in private ownership for at least 150 years. It was acquired by King George III in 1761 as a private residence for Queen Charlotte and became known as The Queen’s House. During the 19th century it was enlarged, principally by architects John Nash and Edward Blore, who constructed three wings around a central courtyard. Buckingham Palace became the London residence of the British monarch on the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837.

The last major structural additions were made in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including the East front, which contains the well-known balcony on which the royal family traditionally congregates to greet crowds. The palace chapel was destroyed by a German bomb during World War II; the Queen’s Gallery was built on the site and opened to the public in 1962 to exhibit works of art from the Royal Collection.

The original early 19th-century interior designs, many of which survive, include widespread use of brightly coloured scagliola and blue and pink lapis, on the advice of Sir Charles Long. King Edward VII oversaw a partial redecoration in a Belle Époque cream and gold colour scheme. Many smaller reception rooms are furnished in the Chinese regency style with furniture and fittings brought from the Royal Pavilion at Brighton and from Carlton House. The palace has 775 rooms, and the garden is the largest private garden in London. The state rooms, used for official and state entertaining, are open to the public each year for most of August and September and on some days in winter and spring.


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For safety reasons, pushchairs cannot be taken into the State Rooms. They must be checked in and reclaimed at the exit. Baby carriers and hip seats can be borrowed free of charge, subject to availability.

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Q Refreshments

Eating and drinking are not permitted inside the State Rooms. You will be asked to place drinks and food in closed bags before being admitted to the Palace.

Visitors to the State Rooms may relax in the Garden Café at the end of the tour. Situated overlooking the Palace’s famous lawn and lake, the Café offers a selection of refreshments, including tea, coffee, juice and a choice of cakes and sandwiches.

Q Cancellation of Service

You will be admitted to the Official Residences only upon presentation, on demand, of a valid and fully paid ticket or other document entitling the holder to be admitted at the entrance to the Official Residence stated on the Admission. An Admission may be rendered invalid by cancellation either by The Royal Collection Trust a charity registered in England and Wales and in Scotland under the Conditions or by group organisers, travel agents or tour operators from whom the Admission has been obtained in accordance with the terms of issue.

Q Cost of Service

Adult £23.00
Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £21.00
Under 17/Disabled £13.00
Under 5 Free
Family (2 adults, 3 under 17s) £59.00

Q Parking

You’ll find Buckingham Palace in Central London, in the borough of Westminster between Hyde Park and St James’ Park. As with anywhere in Central London, parking is limited, although a number of NCP car parks are nearby.

Be aware that you will be in the Congestion Charge zone if you are driving close to the Palace.

1. Head across Green Park from our London Carrington Street car park to find the palace, having pre-booked one of 175 spaces.
2. You can pre-book one of 344 spaces at our car park in Belgravia. Walk through the elegant streets and you’ll find the palace.
3. Pre-Book one of 422 spaces at our car park near Victoria Station and a short walk along Buckingham Palace Road will bring you to the palace.

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Very nice structure. The rooms are quite large and have lovely views. The architectural work is very good. The food and drinks in the garden Cafe are very tasty. The Buckingham palace is really a great place to visit.

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WE will see the Guards getting ready and can get close to them when they march out of the gate towards Buckingham Palace. We could not go into this Royal Palace but we had great views of architecture.

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