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The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace

The Queen's official London residence and a working royal palace.

Buckingham Palace is recognised around the world as the focus of national and royal celebrations as well as the backdrop to the regular Changing the Guard ceremony.  

Explore the magnificent State Rooms which are open to visitors for 10 weeks each summer and on selected dates during winter and spring.

Prices

The Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace

21 July - 30 September 2018

  The State Rooms Royal Day Out*
Adult £24.00 £42.30
Over 60 / Student (with valid ID) £22.00 £38.50
Under 17 / Disabled £13.50 £23.30
Under 5 Free Free
Family (2 adults and 3 under 17s) £61.50 £107.90
Groups (15 people or more) View group prices Not available for groups
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Your ticket includes admission to the State Rooms, a special exhibition and a multimedia tour.

Buckingham Palace operates a timed admission system, this is the time you select when purchasing your ticket. 

The Palace is also open on selected dates in winter and spring for Exclusive Tours

* Royal Day Out includes admission to the State Rooms, The Royal Mews and The Queen's Gallery.

Enjoy free re-admission for a year if you buy your ticket directly from us.
Find out more.

At the end of your visit, don’t forget to ask a Warden to stamp your ticket to convert it into a 1- Year Pass.

Opening times

  Opening time Last admission Closing time
21 July - 31 August 2018 09:30 17:15 19:00
1 September - 30 September 2018 09:30 16:15 18:00

 

The Palace is also open on select dates for Exclusive Tours during winter and spring.

Practical Information

  • We suggest you allow 2-2½ hours for your visit.
  • Prebooking tickets is recommended. There is a timed admission system, this is the time you select when purchasing your ticket. 
  • You are advised to wear comfortable shoes, as the visitor route includes a half-mile walk through the garden to the exit.
  • When you arrive, you will pass through an airport-style security check. Read more about security & luggage.
  • You can take photographs in the Palace Gardens at the end of your visit, but not within the State Rooms. Read about photography, filming & mobile phones.
  • Your ticket includes a multimedia guide available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian and Mandarin. We also have a guide for families, an audio descriptive tour for blind or partially-sighted visitors and a video tour for D/deaf and hard of hearing visitors. 
  • Eating and drinking aren't allowed inside the Palace, but during the summer the Garden Café is open, overlooking the famous lawn and lake.
  • Toilets and baby-care facilities are only available at the end of the visit, located in the Garden once you have exited the State Rooms.
  • For safety reasons, pushchairs cannot be taken into the State Rooms. They must be checked in and collected at the exit from the State Rooms. Read more about visiting with children.

More practical information 

Map & directions

Buckingham Palace, London, SW1A 1AA
By train

London Victoria or London Charing Cross.  Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By underground

Victoria, Green Park, St. James's Park and Hyde Park Corner.  For further information visit the Transport for London website.

By coach / bus

Bus numbers 11, 211, C1 and C10 stop on Buckingham Palace Road.  Victoria Coach Station is a 10-minute walk from the Palace.

What's on

15 December 2017 - 4 February 2018

Exclusive Guided Tours

In the company of an expert guide, explore the magnificent State Rooms this winter when the Palace is not usually open to the public.

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Shopping and Eating

Buckingham Palace shop

Our shop offers a wide range of exclusive gifts inspired by the royal palaces and the works of art in the Royal Collection.

You'll find homeware, china, clothing and jewellery, children’s toys, books and postcards. Please ask us about our home-delivery service. The income from every purchase you make contributes directly to the care of the Royal Collection.

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Garden cafe

The Garden Café

At the end of your visit to the State Rooms save some time for tea and cake in the Garden Café, whilst admiring the views across the famous Palace lawn.

The Café serves a selection of light refreshments, including tea, coffee, sandwiches and delicious pastries, specially created for Buckingham Palace.

Children and Families

Things to do with children

Pick up a family multimedia guide, designed for children under 12.

The Family Pavilion

Full of exciting games and craft activities for all ages, based on the theme of the special summer exhibition.

Top things to look out for

Try to find the secret door The Queen uses in the White Drawing Room.

Drawing activities and trails

Download educational resources to use during your visit or at home.

Groups

Group prices

Groups of 15 people or more receive a 10% discount on standard day admission.

Group bookings

Group visits to Buckingham Palace must be pre-booked, either online or over the phone.

Coach parking

Coaches can pick up passengers after they exit the Palace on Grosvenor Place. There is no coach parking near Buckingham Palace.

Guiding

Guiding isn't allowed at Buckingham Palace. Visitors can enjoy a free multimedia tour, available in nine languages.

What's on for groups

Schools

Bring the curriculum to life with a visit to the State Rooms, Buckingham Palace during the summer. We offer a range of interactive workshops, tours, learning activities and resources for nursery, primary and secondary pupils. Our school visit information will help teachers and organisers plan their visit.

School activities in the State Rooms, Buckingham Palace will be published in the spring. Throughout the rest of the year we offer school sessions at the Royal Mews and The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace.

Access and Mobility

The State Rooms are fully accessible, but step-free access must be pre-booked by contacting the Specialist Sales team on +44 (0)303 123 7324 7324 or specialistsales@royalcollection.org.uk. Concessionary rates are available for you if you have a disability and an accompanying companion will be admitted free of charge. 

For detailed access information, please select one of the options below. For any other information, you can contact the Specialist Sales team on the details above. 

About the Palace

Who built the Palace?

The history of the site where Buckingham Palace stands can be traced back to the reign of James I in the early 17th century.

Who lived at the Palace?

Queen Victoria was the first sovereign to live in the Palace in 1837.

The Palace today

The Queen receives a large number of formal and informal guests to the Palace.

Welcome to Buckingham Palace film
Summer Opening at the Palace

Watch a short trailer about visiting the Palace.

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