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Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence and administrative office of the British royal family since the 19th century and is one of the few remaining working royal palaces in the world. Access for the public is limited and exclusive but worthwhile for those who arrange a visit.

The Basics
Buckingham Palace is one of England's most famous landmarks. Visitors can always view its opulent exterior through the gates, but visits must be timed right to tour the interior. During its summer opening, travelers can peek into the state rooms, see the Throne Room, stroll through the palace gardens, and admire masterpieces by artists such as Rembrandt and Canaletto in Queen Victoria's Picture Gallery.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The palace is a must for history buffs and royal enthusiasts.
  • Pair a stop at Buckingham Palace with the Changing of the Guard ceremony and afternoon tea for a quintessential London experience.
  • Tours of the palace interior are only available in summer from late June to late September, while the queen is on holiday in Scotland.
  • If the Royal Standard flag is flying atop the palace, it means the queen is in residence; otherwise, the Union Jack flag is flown.

How to Get There
Buckingham Palace is located in central London at the heart of St. James Park. It's a pleasant stroll from London attractions such as Westminster Cathedral and Big Ben and is often included as a stop on city walking tours.

When to Get There
The best time to visit Buckingham Palace is during the legendary Changing of the Guard ceremony, when the royal guards change shifts. This takes place daily at 11:30am but can be canceled in bad weather. The palace interior is only open to the public during summer, from late July until the end of September, with tours running daily from 9:30am to 7:30pm (until 6:30pm in September). You'll want to book this coveted experience in advance.

Nearby Royal Sites
Windsor Castle is the nearest queen's residence to Buckingham, located just outside London. It can be visited on a quick, half-day trip from the city. And although not royal in nature, Westminster Abbey is the resting place of many English monarchs and the site of some royal family weddings (including that of Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge).
Address: Buckingham Palace Road, London, England
Admission: Varies
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London in One Day Sightseeing Tour Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard with Optional London Eye UpgradeFull-day Tours

London in One Day Sightseeing Tour Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard with Optional London Eye Upgrade

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Get to know London in one day on this sight-packed, full-day tour with a guide. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, see top London attractions such as Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, and enjoy fast-track entry and a guided tour of St. Paul's Cathedral. Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, and then visit the Tower of London. Break for a pub lunch, and receive a ticket for a Thames River sightseeing cruise to use after your tour or another day. For a bird's-eye view of the city, upgrade to include a ticket for the London Eye in the evening.
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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London EyeBus Tours

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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye

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Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with dozens of possible stops, including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights. Hop off to enjoy a free walking tour and a Thames River cruise.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye UpgradeFull-day Tours

Best of London Including Tower of London, Changing of the Guard, with a Cream Tea or London Eye Upgrade

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See the English capital’s top landmarks on this most comprehensive of London magical tours. Take a tour of beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral, then make a photo stop at Westminster Abbey. Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and visit the Tower of London, where you'll have free time for lunch (own expense). Enjoy an extended river sightseeing cruise, and upgrade to cap everything with a London Eye flight or cream tea at Harrods.
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The Original Tour London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus TourBus Tours

The Original Tour London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

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See the best of London without the stress of rigid tour times and massive crowds on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. With your flexible pass, hop aboard the double-decker, open-top bus for a comfortable sightseeing excursion. Great for kids and adults, your pass offers multiple route options with stops at main attractions like Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and more. Bonus features include a free city walking tour, a Thames River cruise, and local discounts.
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Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl MaxPrivate and Luxury

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Enjoy one of London’s most iconic sights, Buckingham Palace, during this guided walking tour that explores the palace’s history and the royal guards. Visit the Horse Guard Palace and get to know the Calvary on Guard before heading to the palace to learn about its surrounding statues, arches, and entrances. At Saint James Palace, follow the marching guards in red coats and tall black during the changing of the guard.
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  • 2 hours
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Changing of the Guard Small-Group Walking TourCultural Tours

Changing of the Guard Small-Group Walking Tour

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No visit to England would be complete without experiencing quintessential traditions such as the Changing of the Guard. See British culture come to life from select prime vantage points. In a small group limited to 15, observe the Queen’s iconic foot guards, clad in red tunics and bearskin hats, and watch the household cavalry put on an impressive display. Follow history-rich guide commentary with ease using a headset.
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The Changing of the GuardCultural Tours

The Changing of the Guard

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Get a guaranteed first-hand peek at one of London’s most iconic attractions, the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace. Listen to enriching context on the history of the quirky, 500-year-old military tradition from your guide, with audio headsets available so you can move around freely. You'll get a chance to tick off one of England’s top bucket list items.
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Private Walking tour London, Buckingham Palace to Big Ben and much morePrivate and Luxury

Private Walking tour London, Buckingham Palace to Big Ben and much more

This action-packed private walking tour of London is the ideal experience for travelers with limited time. You’ll save time and see multiple top London attractions in one day, including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, The Houses of Parliament, and Trafalgar Square. By going on a walking tour, you’ll visit places on foot that can’t be reached by car or bus. Your tour will be enhanced with guide commentary about London’s highlights, as well as insider tips.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours
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London In a Day: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & Changing of the GuardFull-day Tours

London In a Day: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard

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Limited time in London doesn’t have to mean a limited view of the capital. Soak up the key sights in just one action-packed day on this guided small-group tour. Explore Westminster Abbey and watch the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace. Then cruise the Thames River to Tower Bridge and explore its inner workings before delving into British history at the Tower of London.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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London in a Day Private Custom TourFull-day Tours

London in a Day Private Custom Tour

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Discover the spectacular sights of London according to your own personal itinerary on a private custom tour of the vibrant capital with a knowledgeable guide. Opt to enjoy a half- or full-day tour and customize your itinerary according to your cultural and historical interests. Allow your expert guide to pre-plan logistics like public transportation and reservations, and then delve into the capital’s rich history by listening to illuminating commentary. See iconic attractions like Big Ben and the Tower of London, and stray from the conventional tourist trail for a unique experience of London.
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  • 7 hours
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Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace Guided Tour - Private TourPrivate and Luxury

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace Guided Tour - Private Tour

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Watch one of London's most traditional events—the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace—on a private walking tour. You'll see and learn about this longstanding ritual with a private guide, who leads you through central London so you don't have to worry about navigating the crowds on your own.
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Vintage London Bus Tour Including Thames Cruise with Optional London EyeBus Tours

Vintage London Bus Tour Including Thames Cruise with Optional London Eye

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See London’s signature sights by vintage Routemaster bus and Thames River cruise on this sightseeing tour. Board a retro, red double-decker bus London Routemaster, and enjoy stellar views of top London attractions including the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Westminster Abbey. Then, after a short Thames sightseeing cruise, ride your London double-decker to Buckingham Palace for a photo stop or to witness the colorful Changing of the Guard ceremony. If you wish, upgrade to add a visit to the London Eye, Tower of London, or UNESCO-listed Stonehenge after your tour.
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London Royal Parks Bike Tour including Hyde ParkMountain Bike Tours

London Royal Parks Bike Tour including Hyde Park

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Discover the beauty and history of Royal London by bike on a morning or afternoon city tour. Enjoy a guided ride through Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, and St. James's Park. Cruise by the stately monuments such as the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, and view royal sites like Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, and the Princess Diana Memorial. Along the way, learn about London’s rich history and contemporary culture.  
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Private Tour London Highlights, entries Westminster Abbey, The Tower of LondonFull-day Tours

Private Tour London Highlights, entries Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London

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The Tower of London and Westminster Abbey are two of London’s most impressive must-see attractions, but the entry queues can be long. On this tour, save valuable sightseeing time with skip-the-line entry and head straight inside with your guide. Learn the history of Parliament Square and Trafalgar Square on a walking visit, and stop at Buckingham Palace, Nelson’s Column, and more.
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  • 8 hours
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Royal London Sightseeing Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony with Optional London Eye UpgradeHalf-day Tours

Royal London Sightseeing Tour Including Changing of the Guard Ceremony with Optional London Eye Upgrade

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Experience London’s royal highlights on this sightseeing tour by coach, including the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Take a panoramic tour of the city with your guide, passing Kensington Palace and Westminster Abbey. You'll also see Trafalgar Square and Big Ben, and watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Upgrade to include an open-date ticket for the London Eye.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Tour: Traditional Black Cab Tour of London's Hidden TreasuresHalf-day Tours

Private Tour: Traditional Black Cab Tour of London's Hidden Treasures

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Check off London’s most famous landmarks and lesser-known sights on this private, half-day tour. Travel around the English capital in an iconic black cab and pass by the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and other top attractions. Then, head off the beaten path in search of Henry VIII’s cowshed, Winston Churchill’s cigar chair, and other quirky sights.
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London Vintage Bus Tour with Cream Tea at HarrodsHalf-day Tours

London Vintage Bus Tour with Cream Tea at Harrods

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Sightsee in London by vintage double-decker bus and modern catamaran on this half-day tour. As you travel around the city, watch out for top London landmarks like Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Then, hop out for photos at the Tower of London before taking a cruise along the Thames River. Sparkling wine, cream tea, and scones at Harrods complete the experience.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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London Vintage Bus Tour Including River Thames Cruise with Optional LunchDay Cruises

London Vintage Bus Tour Including River Thames Cruise with Optional Lunch

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Hop aboard a vintage double-decker bus for a comfortable sightseeing bus tour through London! On this fun-filled excursion, see main attractions like Big Ben and the Tower of London, take a Thames River cruise past Westminster and the London Eye, and watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Upgrade to include lunch at a traditional British pub.
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Classic London Landmarks Bicycle Tour Mountain Bike Tours

Classic London Landmarks Bicycle Tour

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Discover the history and diversity of London by bike on a sightseeing tour. Led by a guide, pedal past the city's top sites, including Covent Garden, Buckingham Palace, Westminster, St. Paul's Cathedral, and Trafalgar Square. Along the way, learn about the city’s colorful history — the glorious, the infamous, and everything in between.  
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Private Tour: Black Taxi Tour of LondonBus Tours

Private Tour: Black Taxi Tour of London

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Take a private custom tour through bustling London in a traditional black taxi! Your personal driver will help you design the perfect 2-hour itinerary or take the reins completely, escorting you to London’s key attractions. Travel at your own pace, and request stops to snap photos, grab a souvenir or have a closer look at a site. London is your oyster on this private black taxi tour!
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Visit Kensington Palace & 3 Hour Westminster Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Visit Kensington Palace & 3 Hour Westminster Walking Tour

We will see 15 of London's most iconic sights in a 3-hour historic walking tour! After the walking tour: Visit Kensington Palace For over 300 years Kensington Palace has been residence to Britain’s young royal families. Share the experience of this public palace and private home in the heart of Kensington Gardens. It will be an enjoyable, educational and entertaining stroll. From Palaces (and stories of the Monarchy) to Parliament Square (with the history of the government), you will be continuously entertained with bits of history. • See Buckingham Palace • Walkthrough the Royal Parks • Learn about the history of Westminster • Visit Parliament Square • View the London Eye, Big Ben, and Trafalgar Square Sights you will see include ; Buckingham Palace Trafalgar Square Changing of the Guard (Daily during the summer months) Big Ben Downing Street Westminster Abbey Whitehall Houses of Parliament London Eye Parliament Square Queens Horse Guard
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London City Tour Hop On - Hop Off with Free Walking Tour and River CruiseBus Tours

London City Tour Hop On - Hop Off with Free Walking Tour and River Cruise

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Maximize your time in London with a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Choose a 1-day, 24-, 48-, or 72-hour ticket and make the most of unlimited travel across several routes for the ticket validity period. Get views of top London sights such as the Tower of London and Big Ben from the open-top bus, listen to audio commentary and enjoy the flexibility to hop on and off at any of the well-placed stops. All tickets also include a complimentary river cruise and a walking tour.
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Styled Photoshoot Around Buckingham PalacePhotography Tours

Styled Photoshoot Around Buckingham Palace

Remember your London vacation through a professional lens with a private 1-hour photoshoot around Buckingham Palace. It’s a great opportunity, whether you’re traveling as a couple, group of friends, family, or flying solo.  Work with your professional photographer to decide on a style and setting that suits your personality. Afterwards, access your professionally edited photos on a private online gallery.
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3 Hour Guided Private Walking Tour: The Best of LondonHalf-day Tours

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3 Hour Guided Private Walking Tour: The Best of London

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Marvel over royal monuments, architectural masterpieces and iconic landmarks on this 3-hour walking tour of London. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you stroll around Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus; snap photos of Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben; and stand in awe before the magnificent Buckingham Palace. For the full experience, upgrade to include a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.
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  • 3 hours
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