Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain's sovereigns since 1837. It evolved from a town house that was owned from the beginning of the eighteenth century by the Dukes of Buckingham.
Today it is The Queen's official residence.
The State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are open to visit for 2 months during the summer.
State Rooms Opening Times
31 July - 29 September 2008
Open daily, 09:45–18:00 (last admission 15:45)
Buckingham Palace operates a timed-ticket system, with admission every 15 minutes throughout the day.
New for 2008: Private Guided Tour
For the very first time Private Guided Tours of State Rooms are available in March and April, when the Palace is not open to the general public. In the company of an expert guide, they offer a very special insight into the history and use of the State Rooms, and the works of art on display. The cost per person is £65 and includes a copy of the official guidebook The tours take place at 17:00 on 20, 22, 23, 24 March and 6, 20 April 2008. Tickets must be pre-booked. There is limited availability, with a maximum number of 30 places on each tour. For further information or to purchase tickets, please telephone +44 (0)20 7766 7322.
includes an audio tour
Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £12.50
Under 17 £8.75
Under 5 Free
(2 adults, 3 under 17s)
Buying a ticket in advance
Book online or telephone (+44) (0)20 7766 7300. A booking fee of £1.25 per ticket applies. All major credit cards accepted.
Buying a ticket on the day
Tickets may be purchased from the Ticket Office, open 09:30–16:00.
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