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Buckingham Palace, London

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Buckingham Palace serves as a splendid reminder of the monarch's continued importance in British culture. If you visit during August or September, you'll have the opportunity to tour the palace's opulent staterooms. The queen receives and entertains guests and conducts special ceremonies in these spaces. Many of the furnishings date back to the 1830s, when King George IV transformed Buckingham House into a palace. On your tour, you'll learn how the monarch uses each of the 19 staterooms, hear colorful history relating to these spaces, and see numerous works in the British royals' art collection. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes, because the tour lasts from 2-2.5 hours and stretches out over 0.8 km (0.5 miles). Photography is not permitted inside. If you visit outside of August and September, you can still watch the changing of the guard outside the palace. Take a look at our London trip itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Buckingham Palace and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Worth watching to a guard at Buckingham Palace, between the official website of the British army to check the timetables.
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  • The Palace and its surroundings are beautiful places! The change of guard is a crowded event, if you want to see something, come early, otherwise you will only see a crowd.
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  • Visiting Buckingham Palace was nice, although I wish we could have visited inside. It was our understanding that only happens in the summer time though. However, being outside was cool and you can see...  more »
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  • Amazing tourist attraction people from all around the world experiencing the royal of England. The gardens are beautiful and a very peaceful setting. This place is great for professional photos. The guards are very good. Make sure you watch your children as it can get very crowded. The flag is at half mast when the queen is out and at full mast when she is in her presents in the palace. There will be notices when something important happens to the royal good or bad mostly amazing. Overall this was an amazing once in a lifetime experience and I would for sure go back to visit again for the great times.
  • The changing of the guard is rather entertaining but you are looking at spending at least 3 hours of your day to fully enjoy the show. If you are short of time other activities may be a better choice. Do bring some water with you, a little snack perhaps and i would also recommend a hat on sunny days. The best spots are on the sides of the gates, but be there early.
  • I went here one Sunday morning and saw the changing of the guards which was really nice. The grounds are beautiful and the building is so majestic. There was a big crowd during the changing of the guards but that is to be expected. There was a good police presence though controlling the crowd so it wasn't too hard to move about. Watching the changing of the guards is free and certainly a fun cultural thing to see.
  • Not the best of London architecture by a long stretch. They do offer tours of sections of the palace as well as entry for private art exhibitions. Green Park and Saint James' Park are lovely nearby parks to spend a summers afternoon. Should you come to London and have limited time I would say you're better off choosing The Tower of London over Buckingham Palace unless you have a specific reason to go there.
  • Beautiful building and lovely surrounding parks. Choc full of tourists (including me and my family!) but that adds to the excitement. Keep an eye on the flag, if the royal standard (the one with the lions on it) is flying then the Queen is home. When we were there we saw a guard on the roof, he was waiting for the Queen to leave and immediately lowered the flag and replaced it with the Union Jack in short order. Prince Phillip then waved at my son which made his day! If you can get there during the summer months when they open it up, it's well worth a look around, but the tickets don't make for the cheapest day out!
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