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.
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.
The shop sells a wide range of merchandise, much of which is designed exclusively for the Royal Collection.
Lavatories are located at the end of the visit. They include disabled and baby changing room.
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.
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.
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For access to The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace including the special exhibition Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration, plus a complimentary audio tour:
Over 60/ Student (with valid ID) £16.50
Under 17 £10.25
Under 5 Free
Family £47.00 (2 adults and 3 under 17s) Opening Times: 2012 Opening Details:
The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace including the special exhibition Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration:
30 June to 8 July and 31 July to 7 October 2012
09:45 to 18:30 (last admission 15:45).
A typical visit lasts between 2 and 2½ hours.
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