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Buckingham PalaceLondon
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Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the Queen and a favourite tourist attraction. If the Queen is in residence, her Royal Standard (a red and yellow flag) will be flying from the flagstaff. These days when not engaged in official functions the Queen likes to spend her weekends at Windsor Castle.

Buckingham Palace Guided Tour
- State Rooms
During the summer months of August and September the working heart of the Palace - the State Rooms are open to the public. This period is when The Queen makes her annual visit to Scotland. All of the Palace's nineteen state rooms are then open to visitors.
 
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During the major part of the year, these Rooms are used to receive and entertain guests on State business and for Ceremonial and Official occasions. They are lavishly decorated with treasures from the Royal Collection including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Poussin and Canaletto, sculpture by Canova, exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain; and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. The tour ends with a walk along the south side of the garden - it lasts approximately 2½ hours.
 
- Two Hour Evening Tour
There is also a two hour Evening Tour with an expert guide in attendance.
 
About the Palace
The Palace was originally a townhouse built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703. King George III acquired it in 1762 as a private residence for his wife, Queen Charlotte. The house was extended and enlarged by the architect John Nash. It became the official Royal residence in 1837 when Queen Victoria acceded to the throne.
 
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The original house forms the back of the Palace which overlooks the private Buckingham Palace Garden, and two wings were built forming an open courtyard. In 1874 the courtyard was enclosed with the east wing designed by Edward Blore. This wing includes the famous balcony on which the Royal family appears on special occasions to wave to the crowds, and is the public face of the Palace.
 
Queen's Gallery & Royal Mews
Built into the wall surrounding the sides of the Palace are The Queen's Gallery and The Royal Mews. In front, gilded iron railings and gates allow the tourist to look through and see the Guards on duty and their sentry boxes.
 
Queen Victoria Memorial & The Mall
Outside the gates to the Palace are the Queen Victoria Memorial and the red coloured road (The Mall) which sweeps up to Admiralty Arch. In summer the gardens around the Queen Victoria Memorial are a riot of colour. The Royal Mews with the royal carriages and coaches and the Queen’s Gallery with an ever changing display of treasures from the Royal Collection are open all year.
 
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The Palace is the hub of the British Monarchy’s operations. It is the Queen’s office and where she receives and entertains foreign dignitaries, conducts investitures, holds four Royal Garden Parties a year and is briefed by the Prime Minister each week. It is also the home of other members of the Royal Family.
 
Changing  the Guard
The Ceremony of Changing the Guard in the Palace forecourt is a popular, colourful ceremony regularly witnessed by many tourists.
 
Plan Your Visit
Opening Times
During Queen’s Summer absence:
Open daily 09:30-19:30 (last admission 17:15)
Closes an hour earlier in September.
 
For opening times, prices (includes Audio guide) & Bookings, go to Visiting Buckingham Palace website below.
Tel:    +44 (0)2077 667 300
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Buying a Ticket on the day
Tickets may be purchased from the Ticket Office at the Visitor Entrance, Buckingham Palace Road.
 
Disabled Access
Wheelchair-users are asked to book through the Ticket Sales and Information Office by Tel: +44 (0)2077 667 324
 
Contact & Further Information
 
Getting There  
TfL Fare Zone 1   Transport for London Journey Planner
To find the best way for getting to Buckingham Palace, visit TfL Journey Planner.
 
- By Underground
Charing Cross Station         Northern and Bakerloo Lines
 
St James’ Park Station        Circle and District Lines
 
Green Park Station             Piccadilly, Victoria and Jubilee Lines
 
Hyde Park Corner Station    Piccadilly Line
 
Victoria Station                  Victoria, Circle and District Lines
 
- By Bus
Route Nos 11, 211, C1 and C10 stop on Buckingham Palace Road
We suggest that you use the TfL 'Journey Planner'
 
- By Mainline Rail
Victoria Mainline station
 
- By Car
Buckingham Palace is in the Congestion Charge zone so not an easy option Web:  TfL Congestion Charge
 
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