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The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace

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

Buckingham Palace is recognised around the world as the home of The Queen, 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. The Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace in 2020 will take place from 25 July - 4 October. 


Buckingham Palace will be open to the public from 25 July - 4 October 2020.

  The State Rooms Royal Day Out*
Adult £26.50 £49.00
Over 60 £24.00 £44.50
Student £24.00 £42.00
Under 17 / Disabled £14.50 £26.50
Under 5 Free Free
Family (2 adults and 3 under 17s) £67.50 £124.50
Groups (15 people or more) View group prices Not available for groups

* Royal Day Out is our best value ticket, including admission to the State Rooms, the Royal Mews and The Queen's Gallery.

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

  Opening time Last admission Closing time
25 July - 31 August 2020 09:30 17:15 19:30
1 September - 4 October 2020 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.

The Palace is also open on select dates for Exclusive Tours during winter and spring.

Practical Information

During the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace:

  • We suggest you allow 2-2½ hours for your visit.
  • Prebooking tickets is recommended. There is a timed admission system operating in 15 minute time slots. This is the time you select when purchasing your ticket.
  • Use our guide to help you choose which ticket type will suit you best. 
  • If you already have your ticket, for the best experience please arrive at the entry time printed on your ticket and not earlier.
  • You are advised to wear comfortable shoes, as the visitor route includes a half-mile walk through the garden to the exit.
  • When you arrive, you will pass through an airport-style security check. Read more about security & luggage.
  • You can take photographs in the Palace Gardens at the end of your visit, but not within the State Rooms. Read about photography, filming & mobile phones.
  • Your ticket includes a multimedia guide available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian and Mandarin. We also have a guide for families, an audio descriptive tour for blind or partially-sighted visitors and a video tour for D/deaf and hard of hearing visitors. 
  • Eating and drinking aren't allowed inside the Palace, with the exception of bottled water, but during the summer the Garden Café is open, overlooking the famous lawn and lake.
  • Toilets and baby-care facilities are only available at the end of the visit, located in the Garden once you have exited the State Rooms. There are no toilet facilities at the start of the visitor route.
  • For safety reasons, pushchairs cannot be taken into the State Rooms. They must be checked in and collected at the exit from the State Rooms. Read more about visiting with children.

More practical information 

Map & directions

Visitor entrance (Gate C) is on the south side of the 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.

What's on

27 March - 26 April 2020

Exclusive Guided Tour

Visit the Buckingham Palace State Rooms when they are not usually open to the public.

25 July - 4 October 2020

Royal Animals

This special exhibition will focus on the history of the Royal Family's interest in animals, drawing together works of art from across the Royal Collection

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II when Princess Elizabeth, with her corgi

Shopping and Eating

Buckingham Palace shop

Our shop offers a wide range of exclusive gifts inspired by the royal palaces and the works of art in the Royal Collection.

You'll find homeware, china, clothing and jewellery, children’s toys, books and postcards. Please ask us about our home-delivery service. The income from every purchase you make contributes directly to the care of the Royal Collection.

Shop online
Buckingham Palace cafe

The Garden Café

During the summer months, save some time for tea and cake in the Garden Café at the end of your visit.

The Café overlooks the famous Palace lawn and serves a selection of light refreshments, including tea, coffee, sandwiches and delicious cakes.

Children and Families

Things to do with children

Pick up a family multimedia guide, designed for children under 12.

The Family Pavilion

Full of exciting games and craft activities for all ages, based on the theme of the special summer exhibition.

Top things to look out for

See our Palace highlights for families

Drawing activities and trails

Download educational resources to use during your visit or at home.

What's on for children and families


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

What's on for groups


Bring the curriculum to life with a visit to the State Rooms, 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 in the State Rooms, 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 are fully accessible, but step-free access must be pre-booked by contacting the Specialist Sales team on +44 (0)303 123 7324 7324 or via email. Concessionary rates are available for you if you have a disability and an accompanying companion will be admitted free of charge. No proof of disability is required.

For detailed access information, please select one of the options below. For any other information, you can contact the Specialist Sales team on the details above. 

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 Palace today

The Queen receives a large number of formal and informal guests to the Palace.

Welcome to Buckingham Palace film
Summer Opening at the Palace

Watch a short film about visiting the Palace.


The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace
The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace

Open February to November.

Clarence House

Open during August 2020.

The Round Tower at Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle

Open daily.

West front of Frogmore House
Frogmore House

Open during August to groups and on selected dates to individuals.

The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace
The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace

Open February to November.

Clarence House

Open during August 2020.

The Round Tower at Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle

Open daily.

West front of Frogmore House
Frogmore House

Open during August to groups and on selected dates to individuals.

The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace

Open July - Oct plus selected dates Dec - May.