Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain’s sovereigns since 1837 and today is the administrative headquarters of Queen Elisabeth II.  At the rear of the palace is the large park-like garden, which together with its lake is the largest private garden in London. Here the Queen hosts her annual garden parties each summer; the gardens cover 40 acres and include a helicopter landing area, lake and tennis court.

Buckingham Palace’s 19 state rooms, ballroom and gardens are open to visitors during August and September, the State rooms house some of the Royal family’s greatest treasures including paintings and the finest French and English furniture. Visit the spectacular Palace Ballroom and tour the Palace gardens with views of the west front of the Palace and the lake.

The Changing the Guard ceremony takes place in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace at 11.30 every day in summer, every other day in winter.

There is an entry fee to the Palace and tickets are limited so you should book ahead if possible.

Find out more about the State Rooms, Ballroom and Gardens by visiting the official

British Monarchy website


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