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Buckingham Palace

The King's official London residence and a working royal palace.

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, we will not be reopening the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace this year. For more information, please visit our FAQs page.

Buckingham Palace is recognised around the world as the home of the monarch, the focus of national and royal celebrations, as well as the backdrop to the regular Changing the Guard ceremony.

Explore the magnificent State Rooms which are open to visitors for 10 weeks each summer and on selected dates during winter and spring.

Please see our COVID-19 information page for details of our safety procedures.

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Prices

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, we will not be reopening the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace this year. For more information, please visit our FAQs page.

  Buckingham Palace Royal Day Out*
Adult £30.00 £55.00
Young Person (18-24) £19.50 £36.00
Child (5-17)  £16.50 £30.00
Disabled £16.50 £30.00
Under 5 Free Free
Groups (15 people or more) View group prices  

 

*A Royal Day Out is our best-value ticket - visit Buckingham Palace, the Royal Mews and The Queen's Gallery in one day.

Buckingham Palace operates a timed admission system, this is the time you select when purchasing your ticket. 

Your ticket includes a multimedia guide.

Family Offer

Families visiting Buckingham Palace can save up to £25.00 when booking with us direct.

The family discount is automatically applied at checkout to bookings of at least 1 adult and 2 children, up to 2 Adults and 4 children.

Enjoy free re-admission for a year by asking us to treat your ticket purchase as a donation.
At the end of your visit, ask a Warden to stamp your ticket to convert it into a 1- Year Pass.
Find out more.

 

 

 

 

Opening times

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, we will not be reopening the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace this year. For more information, please visit our FAQs page.

The State Rooms are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

  Opening time Last admission Closing time
July - August 09:30 17:15 19:30
September - October 09:30 16:15 18:30

We have a timed admission system, this is the time you select when purchasing your ticket. For the best experience please arrive no more than 10 minutes before the entry time on your ticket.

 

Practical Information

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, we will not be reopening the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace this year. For more information, please visit our FAQs page.

Please see our COVID-19 information page for details of our safety procedures.

  • Prebooking tickets is recommended, but you can also buy tickets on the day from the ticket office at the visitor entrance, subject to availability.
  • There is a timed admission system operating on all tours. This is the time you select when purchasing your ticket.
  • You are advised to wear comfortable shoes, as all events involve some walking.
  • When you arrive, you will pass through an airport-style security check. Read more about security & luggage
  • You cannot take photographs within the State Rooms. Read more about photography, filming & mobile phones.
  • Eating and drinking are not allowed inside the Palace building, with the exception of bottled water. During the summer, the Garden Cafe is open at the end of the Palace visitor route.
  • Toilets and baby-care facilities are available in the garden, this is at the end of the route through the Palace.
  • For safety reasons, pushchairs cannot be taken into the State Rooms. They must be checked in and collected after your tour. Read more about visiting with children.
  • Animals, other than guide, hearing or assistance animals, will not be admitted to the Palace.

More Practical Information

Map & directions

Buckingham Palace, Buckingham Gate, London, SW1A 1AA
By train

London Victoria or London Charing Cross.  Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By underground

Victoria, Green Park, St. James's Park and Hyde Park Corner.  For further information visit the Transport for London website.

By coach / bus

Bus numbers 11, 211, C1 and C10 stop on Buckingham Palace Road.  Victoria Coach Station is a 10-minute walk from the Palace.

Shopping and Eating

Buckingham Palace shops

Visit our shop on Buckingham Palace Road,

or at the end of your visit to the Palace.

See opening times

Children and Families

Things to do with children

Pick up a multimedia guide narrated by Rex the corgi and explore fun activities in our Family Pavilion.

Find out more

Top 10 highlights for children and families

Can you spot the hidden door in the White Drawing Room? Discover what exciting things you will see on your visit.

See the highlights

What's on for children and families

Groups

Group prices

We offer a groups discount for bookings of 15 people or more.

Group bookings

Group visits to Buckingham Palace must be pre-booked, either online or over the phone.

Coach parking

Coaches can pick up passengers after they exit the Palace on Grosvenor Place. There is no coach parking near Buckingham Palace.

Guiding

Guiding isn't allowed at Buckingham Palace. Visitors can enjoy a free multimedia tour, available in nine languages.

What's on for groups

Schools

Bring the curriculum to life with a visit to Buckingham Palace during the summer. We offer a range of interactive workshops, tours, learning activities and resources for nursery, primary and secondary pupils. Our school visit information will help teachers and organisers plan their visit.

School activities at Buckingham Palace are published each spring and take place during the summer. Throughout the rest of the year we offer school sessions at the Royal Mews and The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace.

Access and Mobility

The State Rooms of Buckingham Palace and the Palace Garden are fully accessible. Concessionary rates are available if you have a disability and a companion will be admitted free of charge.

To book on to the Access route, which is step-free, and to arrange accessible parking, please contact the Specialist Sales team on +44 (0)303 123 7324 or [email protected].

Accessible toilets and limited seating are available.

Registered assistance dogs are welcome.

The multimedia guide is available in British Sign Language (BSL) and with subtitles, and an audio-descriptive guide is available for blind or partially-sighted visitors.

A number of Wardens are Dementia Friends, please ask staff for any assistance.

The State Rooms tour is indoors, taking in several large rooms and halls over two floors, exiting via a long outdoor gravel path through the garden. As the State Rooms are open during the summer months, it can become very hot inside.

There is a separate gift shop available on the Access route and the terrace café is fully accessible.

For detailed access information, please select one of the options below. For any other information, you can contact the Specialist Sales team on +44 (0)303 123 7324 or [email protected].

About the Palace

Who built the Palace?

The history of the site where Buckingham Palace stands can be traced back to the reign of James I in the early 17th century.

Who lived at the Palace?

Queen Victoria was the first sovereign to live in the Palace in 1837.

The Garden at Buckingham Palace

Learn about the history of the royal garden and how it is used today.

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