Buckingham Palace serves as the London residence of Britain’s sovereign. When the Queen is in residence the Royal Standard is raised on the palace’s flag pole.
Originally a large town house built in 1703 by the Duke of Buckingham, it was acquired by George III in 1761 as a residence for Queen Charlotte. It was greatly enlarged in the 19th century by architects John Nash and Edward Blore. It became the monarch’s residence after Queen Victoria made it her London home following her coronation in 1837.
The Changing of the Guards ceremony is a popular tourist attraction that takes place at Buckingham Palace at 11:30am each day during April – July, and every alternate day through Aug – Mar.
Buckingham Palace’s 19 state rooms, which are used for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining, are open to the public for 2 months during the summer.
State Rooms Opening Times
August & September
Open daily, 09:15 – 19:45 (last admission 17:15)
Buckingham Palace operates a timed-ticket system, with admission every 15 minutes throughout the day.
(includes an audio tour)
Over 60/Student (with valid ID): £19.60
Under 17/ Disabled: £12.30
Under 5: Free
(2 adults, 3 under 17s)
telephone +44 (0)303 123 7324.
Buying a ticket on the day
Tickets may be purchased from the Ticket Office, open 09:30 – 16:00
* Disabled people requiring special access need to order tickets in advance.