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Clarence HouseLondon
St James’s Palace
London SW1 1BA
TfL Fare Zone 1    
 
 
Clarence House is probably best known for its association with a much loved member of the Royal family, the late Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. It is now the official London home of Prince Charles, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry.
 
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have made parts of Clarence House open to the public during the summer months. The Guided Tour takes visitors through five ground floor rooms used for official engagements and reception of overseas visitors.
 
Although the new occupants have redecorated and added favourite articles from their own collections, the rooms’ furnishings and layout have changed little from how they looked when the Queen Mother lived there.
 
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Visitors see much of her personal collection of 20th century British art with paintings by contemporary artists such as John Piper, Graham Sutherland, Walter Sickert and Augustus John. She also acquired superb examples of Fabergé, English porcelain and silver, particularly those associated with her ancestral family Bowes-Lyon.
 
John Nash
Clarence House was designed by John Nash and built between 1825 and 1827. When William, Duke of Clarence married he needed somewhere larger than his apartments in St James’s Palace so the south-west corner of the palace was extended and turned into Clarence House.
 
When King George III died he was succeeded by William who was expected to move into the recently remodelled but unfinished Buckingham Palace. William decided not to leave his comfortable home in Clarence House, however he was the last reigning monarch to live there.
 
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Clarence House has always been a home rather than a palace although State business is carried on there.
 
The present Queen and her husband lived there after their marriage in 1947 until King George VI died in 1952. The house then became home to his widow, Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother and their daughter, Princess Margaret.
 
Opening Hours and Admission Costs
Admission is by guided tour. All tickets are timed and must be pre-booked. The guided tours will start promptly at the time stated on your ticket. Please note that late-comers cannot be admitted. As Clarence House is a working royal residence, opening arrangements may be subject to change at short notice.
 
For Tickets and all other information, go to Clarence House Web: Clarence House Opening Hours & Ticketing
For more information on how to book tickets  Tel: +44 (0)2077 667 303
 
Disabled Access
Toilet Facilities
There are no toilet facilities available at Clarence House. The Green Park Underground Station has public toilets – however, quite a fair walk!
 
Contact & Further information
Ticket Sales and Information Office - London SW1A 1AA
Telephone   +44 (0)2077 667 303
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Getting There
- By underground
Green Park Station            Piccadilly, Victoria and Jubilee Lines
St James's Park Station     District and Circle Lines
 
 
- By Mainline Rail
London Victoria Station 
National Rail Enquiries       Web:National Rail
Tel:     08457 484 950 (UK)
 
- By bus
Route Numbers 8, 9, 14, 19, 22 and 38 stop at Green Park
We suggest that you use the Transport for London 'Journey Planner' on this page
 
 
- By road
Clarence House is situated within the London Congestion Charge zone.
For details including costs go to Web:TfL London Congestion Charge
 
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