Designed by William Winde in the 18th century for the Duke of Buckingham, his palace is one of the most iconic British landmarks and hottest tourist spots of the city. Serving as the official royal residence since 1837, the palace is currently home
Designed by William Winde in the 18th century for the Duke of Buckingham, his palace is one of the most iconic British landmarks and hottest tourist spots of the city. Serving as the official royal residence since 1837, the palace is currently home to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip.
Visitors will enjoy observing the State Rooms, opulently decorated with one-of-a-kind Rembrandt paintings, Canova sculpture and English and French furniture, among other treasures, or exploring the palace garden, home to over 350 different wild flowers. The Royal Mews house carriages and cars of the State, while the Queen's Gallery showcases some of the Queen's most treasured personal items including nearly 7,000 paintings, 40,000 watercolors and drawings and approximately 150,000 old master prints, tapestries, furniture, ceramics and books.
Buckingham Palace visitors can also see the Changing of the Guard ceremony, held daily, May to June, and every other day during the rest of the year at 11:30 AM. Completed by the iconic red jacket and bearskin-wearing guards, the ceremony lasts about five minutes and is a popular draw for guests.
The State Rooms and garden are open daily, July to September, from 9:45 AM to 6 PM. The Royal Mews are open Saturday through Thursday, March 15 to July 28 and September 30 to October 30, from 11 AM to 4 PM, and daily, July 29 to September 29, from 10 AM to 5 PM. The Queen's Gallery is open daily from 10 AM to 5:30 PM. Admission varies based on attraction. The cost of "A Royal Day Out" ticket, which includes the State Rooms, Royal Mews and the Queen's Garden, is £16 for children ages 5-16, £28.50 for adults and £25 for students and seniors ages 60 and older.