London: Buckingham Palace (Attractions)
Buckingham Palace - London Attractions
Address: Buckingham Palace Rd, London, SW1A 1AA
Entry price: £23 adults, £13 for under-17s, £21 for concessions
Typical opening hours: See description.
Tickets: For the State Rooms tour and afternoon tea book at AttractionTix here.
Home of the monarch since Queen Victoria moved in in 1837, Buckingham Palace has become a true icon of London. From the famous balcony to the iconic guards, and the golden Victoria memorial statue to the imposing fountain, Buckingham Palace is a sight not to be missed.
What time does the Changing of the Guard ceremony start and what is it?
The ‘Changing the Guard’ ceremony (sometimes referred as the 'Changing of the Guard')is one of the main attractions of the palace where you can see the royal guards marching to the palace to replace another regiment, accompanied by a band. The guard change ceremony happens every day from April to the end of July, and every other day during the rest of the year – check ahead to confirm the exact dates, especially around Christmas and New Year. The ceremony reaches its height at around 11:00am at Buckingham Palace, but you want to be there at least 45 minutes before for a good spot.
Can I go inside Buckingham Palace?
Access inside the palace is strictly restricted. For most of the year you go inside Buckingham Palace itself, but can instead visit The Royal Mews, and The Queen’s Gallery throughout the year. During Winter, usually from December to January, there are exclusive guided tours available to reserve.
Furthermore, during the Summer, the nineteen State Rooms of the palace are available to visit, as well as the gardens in a self-guided tour. A visit to the State Rooms will last about two hours total once you are inside. In 2017, the State Rooms are open to visitors from 22nd July to 1st October inclusive. The State Rooms tour is one of our favourite things to do in all of London. Buy tickets for the State Rooms tour with afternoon tea at AttractionTix here.