Buckingham Palace is the London residence of Queen Elizabeth II and the centre of state occasions and royal hospitality.
The Palace was originally known as Buckingham House, built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703. The house was acquired by King George III in 1761 as a residence for Queen Charlotte, and became known as ‘the Queen’s house.’
The palace has 775 rooms, and the largest private garden in London. The state rooms are used for official and state entertaining.
The State Rooms are open to the public each year for most of August and September, and on selected days in winter and spring. Tickets can be booked online for the state rooms, the Queen’s Gallery and the Royal Mews. An adult ticket for the State Rooms is £21.50, Over-60’s, £19.60 and under 17’s and disabled visitors, £12.30.
The Palace is open from 9.15am to 7.45pm in July and August and from 9.15 to 6.45pm September/October.
If you are visiting the Palace with children, the new multimedia tour comes highly recommended. A guide takes visitors on a tour of the State Rooms and includes a welcome from HRH the Prince of Wales and interviews with Royal Household Staff.
Don’t miss the ballroom where Queen Victoria threw parties for up to 2,000 people. The largest room in the Palace, the ballroom could hold 84 double decker buses. See if you can spot the hidden door in the State Rooms where the Queen arrives from her private apartments.
The nearest London underground tube stations to the Palace include: Victoria, St James and Green Park, all within 8 minutes’ walk.
By bus, the following routes will take you to the Palace: Numbers 11, 211, C1 and C10 which stop on Buckingham Palace Road.
The nearest train station to the Palace is London Victoria which is the terminus for trains from Gatwick Airport, Surrey, Sussex and Kent. Buckingham Palace is a ten minute walk from Victoria Station or you can take buses: 11, C11, C1 and C10. For more information about travelling to Buckingham Palace, check out Transport for London.
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Some of the most popular attractions near Buckingham Palace include: London Cab Tours, Free London Walking Tours, the Queen’s Gallery, Green Park and the Guard’s Museum.
If you are looking for more information about Buckingham Palace State Rooms, Buckingham Palace Tours or Garden Tours, check out the official website.
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