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Which Buckingham Palace ticket do I need?

Are you ready for your trip to London and keen to tick Buckingham Palace off your bucket list? Rather than standing in a crowd and looking through the railings in front of the Palace, for ten weeks only during the summer you can come in and see the magnificent Buckingham Palace State Rooms for yourself.

You might be wondering how best to fit everything in, especially if you are only here for a short time. Let us help you choose the right tickets for what you want to see and do.

 

Here’s the 10 second version:
  1. If you only have enough time to see the Palace, you'll need a standard ticket to the State Rooms.
  2. Visiting the Royal Mews and The Queen's Gallery? You'll save money with a combined ticket.
  3. How about making a day of it and seeing Buckingham Palace, The Queen's Gallery and the Royal Mews? Our Royal Day Out ticket is best for you. 
  4. If you're visiting just the Royal Mews or The Queen's Gallery, where our Leonardo da Vinci exhibition is on currently, you'll need a standard admission ticket for each venue. 
  5. And don’t forget our range of events for adults and families - either with a special ticket or included in the admission price for standard admission
White Drawing Room, Buckingham Palace

White Drawing Room, Buckingham Palace ©

See inside the Palace

Buckingham Palace is open every day from 20 July to 29 September 2019. For entry to the Palace during the summer to see the 19 State Rooms, buy a standard ticket. You’ll have access to a free multimedia guide to tell you more about the State Rooms and what you can see in them. This year your ticket also includes the special exhibition Queen Victoria's Palace, which tells the story of how Queen Victoria transformed the Palace into a working royal residence.

Related exhibition
Queen Victoria's Palace

Exploring how the young Queen transformed Buckingham Palace into the headquarters of the British monarchy

Royal Day Out

You can also make a day trip by combining a visit to all three venues at Buckingham Palace: the State Rooms, the Royal Mews, and The Queen’s Gallery, where some of the Royal Collection’s Leonardo da Vinci drawings are currently on display. This combined ticket - called Royal Day Out - means you’ll save money compared to buying the three tickets individually. 

1-Year Pass

If you ask a Warden to stamp your ticket to convert it into a 1-Year Pass you can visit the Palace again within a year for free. 

Access needs

From step-free access (which must be pre-booked) to BSL video multimedia guides, we are happy to help with your access needs. It’s best to get in touch with our specialist team in advance by email or phone +44 (0)303 123 7324, so we can book the right tickets for you and notify our Visitor Services team so they can help you as needed. Access companions get a free ticket too. 

Rex the corgi

Rex the corgi ©

Visiting with children

We have different ticket prices for under 17s, a special family ticket for 2 adults and up to 3 under 17s, and any visitors under 5 get in for free. There’s no chance of your children being bored during a visit to the Palace. We have plenty to keep them entertained. Rex, a very special corgi, is one of the guides on our free family multimedia guide (aimed at children 12 and under). 

Also included in entry to the State Rooms is the family pavilion in the Palace Garden, which is filled with games, books and dress-up clothes. And the garden cafe is just next door if a sit down and a cake tempts you.

 

Family Festival

Over the bank holiday weekend (24-26 August) we have an extra special treat with our Family Festival. Events and activities will be taking place around Buckingham Palace as well as at the Royal Mews and The Queen’s Gallery next door to the Palace, and you can visit all three venues for a day of fun and games with the family if you book a Royal Day Out ticket.

Activity
Family Festival
  • The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace Buckingham Palace
  • Next event: 24 Aug 2019
    Daily (Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 - Monday, 26 Aug 2019)
Exclusive Evening Tours
Buckingham Palace at night

Buckingham Palace at night ©

If you want to visit the Palace at night, choose an Exclusive Evening Tour. Join a small group of 30 people for a guided tour around the Palace when it’s not usually open to the public. We’ll remove the guard ropes and allow you to wander through the Throne Room while you hear stories and history from our expert wardens. Our Exclusive Evening Tours take place at various points throughout the year, so if you’re not visiting in the summer they’re a unique opportunity to see inside the gilded rooms to see where The Queen lives and works.

Tours take place in winter (December, January, February); around Easter (March and April usually) and in September. 

Carriages, horses and cars

The Royal Mews is found just next door to Buckingham Palace; in fact it was built in the gardens in 1825. It is one of the finest working stables in existence. Filled with coaches and carriages, horses and cars, it offers a close-up view of the vehicles usually only seen in passing.

The Mews also offers a range of family friendly activities each week with arts and crafts and the chance to dress up as a royal footman and practice your royal wave in a replica landau carriage. 

You can buy a ticket to combine a visit to Buckingham Palace, the Royal Mews and The Queen’s Gallery. 

Perfect paintings, fabulous furniture and detailed drawings

The State Rooms contain some of the most outstanding works of art in the Royal Collection,  providing a permanent and striking backdrop to the events that take place here.

However there are many more objects than can be displayed in Buckingham Palace alone; if you’d like to see more of these in detail visit The Queen’s Gallery, located in a former royal chapel of the Palace.

There’s a changing range of exhibitions displaying paintings, drawings, decorative arts and photographs from the Royal Collection.

During the Summer Opening of the Palace, we have over 200 drawings by Leonardo da Vinci in the gallery as part of our year-long celebration to mark the 500th year since the artist’s death.

Roses in the garden at Buckingham Palace

Roses in the garden at Buckingham Palace ©

A secret garden in the centre of London

Did you know the garden at Buckingham Palace is a huge 16 hectares? That’s about 16 rugby pitches or 16 Trafalgar Squares all lined up next to each other. It’s hard to imagine a garden that large in the centre of such a busy city isn’t it? There’s no need to try and imagine though, as every visit to Buckingham Palace during the summer ends with a short stroll through the gardens to leave the Palace grounds. Remember to stop for an ice cream along the way too.

If you’d like a more in-depth tour and a chance to learn more about the history and planting of the gardens be sure to book a combined Palace and Garden Highlights ticket

Not visiting in summer? 

While the State Rooms are open to the public every day from late July, August and September (20 July - 29 September 2019), there are special tours available at other times of year.

Join a small group for an Exclusive Guided Tour around the Palace with one of our expert guides sharing its royal history and pointing out some of the world-class artwork from the Royal Collection hanging all around you. Tours take place in winter (December, January, February); around Easter (March and April usually) and in the evenings in the late summer (usually September).

Changing the Guard

Changing the Guard ©

Guard Change

We couldn’t finish off this guide to the best ticket to choose for your visit to Buckingham Palace without mentioning Changing the Guard that takes place around Buckingham Palace. Royal Collection Trust isn't involved in organising this centuries-old ceremony; it’s planned by the British Army, who will be able to answer any specific questions, including dates the ceremony will take place. 

Elite soldiers have guarded the King or Queen since the reign of Henry VII who made the Royal Bodyguard a permanent institution, which has spanned over 520 years of history.

The guards reach Buckingham Palace at 11am on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and daily in summer. It's a good idea to book your ticket to Buckingham Palace to be able to see Changing the Guard on the same day.