Buckingham Palace – the world’s most famous building and number one Travellers’ Choice as Royal Attraction

Buckingham Palace has been serving as the official London residence of Britain’s sovereigns since 1837. It’s the principal residence of Her Majesty Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh; the palace also houses the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex and the Countess of Wessex. Queen Victoria was the first sovereign to live in the Palace in 1837

It serves as the administrative headquarters of the Monarch.  In addition to its routine job for Monarch, it is also the venue for great Royal ceremonies, State Visits and Investitures, all of which are organised by the Royal Household.

How many rooms in Buckingham Palace

This Palace has 775 rooms. These include 19 Staterooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms. In measurements, the building is 108 metres long across the front, 120 metres deep (including the central quadrangle) and 24 metres high. The palace uses more than 40,000 light bulbs.

Buckingham Palace history

The Buckingham Palace was originally built in 1703 as Buckingham House. It was the London home for the 3rd Earl of Mulgrave, John Sheffield. In 1820s King George IV employed architect John Nash to give it a royal renovation. Queen Victoria was the first monarch to adopt Buckingham Palace as her official residence in 1837. In 1883 electricity was installed in the ballroom.

Buckingham Palace is the world’s most famous building and number one Travellers’ Choice as Royal Attraction. More than 50,000 people visit the Palace each year. Visiting Buckingham Palace to see the outside at any time is free. You can see the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace at the specific dates and times on payment.

Visit Buckingham Palace State Rooms

You can see 19 magnificent State Rooms of the working royal palace. These staterooms provide the setting for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining. All rooms are furnished with many of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection. At the end of the visit, you can enjoy a walk through the garden to the exit, with splendid views of the Palace and the famous lake.  There are many options available to suit your times. Please visit the relevant website page for details and update information.

Buckingham Palace State Rooms: Admission ticket price, opening hours

Admission Tickets: Free to see outside of the Palace at any time. But to see the magnificent State Rooms of the Palace, you need admission tickets. Ticket includes admission to the State Rooms, a special exhibition and a multimedia tour. The Palace operates a timed admission system. So there is an option to choose your visiting time while buying a ticket. If you buy an annual ticket, please ask a Warden to stamp your ticket to convert it into a 1- Year Pass at the end of your visit.

Prices: Adult £24.00, Over 60 and Student with valid ID £22.00, Under 17 and Disabled £13.50, Under 5 Free, Family (2 adults and 3 under 17s) £61.50.

Opening Hours: Buckingham Palace State Rooms are open to visitors for 10 weeks each summer and on selected dates during winter and spring.
21 July – 31 August- Every 45 minutes from 9:30am – 7pm (Last admission 5.15pm).
1 September – 30 September- Every 45 minutes from 9:30am – 6pm (Last admission 4.15pm).

Address Car Parking and Nearest Tube to Buckingham Palace

Address: Buckingham Palace, London, SW1A 1AA. See the location in Google Map
Telephone: 0303 123 7300. Use the  webform to contact us by email
Nearest Tube, Train, Bus: Victoria, Green Park, St. James’s Park and Hyde Park Corner. Train- London Victoria or London Charing Cross. Bus- bus numbers 11, 211, C1 and C10 (stop on Buckingham Palace Road), 8, 9, 14, 19, 22 and 38 (stop at Green Park). Please visit the Journey Planner of Transport for London to see how to get here.
Car parking: No free parking at the Palace. Public transport is recommended. There are metered street parking bays on some of the roads close by.

Buckingham Palace Shop and Cafe

Buy exclusive gifts inspired by the royal palaces and the works of art. You will find here homeware, china, clothing and jewellery, children’s toys, books and postcards. At the end of your visit to the State Rooms, you may take tea and cake from the Garden Café. Enjoy the views across the famous Palace lawn. The Café serves tea, coffee, sandwiches and delicious pastries etc.

Important Information for the visitors of Buckingham Palace State Rooms

– Approx 2-2½ hours required for your visit.
– Pre-booking tickets recommended. There is a timed admission system so select your time before buying tickets
– Wear comfortable shoes. The visitor route includes a half-mile walk through the garden to the exit.
– An airport-style security check.
– Photographs only allowed in the Palace Gardens at the end of your visit, but not within the State Rooms
– Multimedia guide available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian and Mandarin.
– Eating and drinking are not allowed inside the Palace.

Visit the website for more and update information. You can also visit other Royal Attractions like Kensington PalaceClarence HouseSt James Palace or see Changing Guard at Buckingham Palace.

The following unique video tells you everything about Buckingham Palace

Source: BBC, Youtube

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