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Buckingham Palace

Buckingham PalaceSt James Park
Greater London
Telephone: 020 7766 7300


Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of Her Majesty The Queen and serves as both home and office.

Today the State Rooms are used extensively by the royal family to receive and entertain guests on State, ceremonial and official occasions. During August and September the Palace's nineteen state rooms are open to visitors.
Discover more about the Palace and explore the garden with a complementary activity trail and family audio guide.
The family activity room is open throughout August.

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It may be worth checking out Buckingham Palace's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.


We do strongly suggest you contact Buckingham Palace before you set off on your family day out, just to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices, as there is nothing worse than disappointed kids in the back of your car after a long journey.

Opening Times

2016 Details:
Open daily, 10am to 5:30pm
A typical visit lasts between 1 and 1 hour 30 minutes.
Last admission is at 4:30pm. If you are visiting the exhibition late in the afternoon, please be aware of shorter viewing times.


"I'm hungry"

Bottled water and ice cream are available for purchase in the Garden at Buckingham Palace. There is also a Garden Cafe at the end of the tour. The Cafe offers a selection of refreshments, including tea, coffee, juice and a choice of cakes and sandwiches.

"Can I have one of those?"

The shop sells a wide range of merchandise, much of which is designed exclusively for the Royal Collection.

"i need a wee"

Lavatories are located at the end of the visit. They include disabled and baby changing room.


"are we there yet?"

By train: London Victoria (National Rail Enquiries Service 08457 484950 (UK)). By underground: Victoria, Green Park and Hyde Park Corner. By bus: Numbers 11, 211, 239, C1 and C10 stop on Buckingham Palace Road. We do not recommend driving to Buckingham Palace due to limited local parking facilities.

...got any top tips?

Take a bag of bread, so you can feed the ducks in the middle of St. James Park. Changing of the guards takes place at Horse Guards Arch on selected days at 11am: well worth a viewing.

Prices & Admission

2016 Prices:

Tickets give admission to Buckingham Palace and include a self guided audio tour.

Adult £21.50
Child 5-16yrs £12.30
Senior 60+ £19.60

Important: Visitors who require wheelchair or step free access can only book via the Royal Collection website.


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Buckingham PalaceSt James Park
Greater London
Telephone: 020 7766 7300