Buckingham Palace Summer Opening

Buckingham Palace, The Mall, London 51.501009 -0.141588
Dates & Time:
Tours start every 15 minutes from 9.15 AM to 7.45 PM (Jul-Aug), 9.15 AM and 6.45 PM (Sep, Oct)
A typical visit lasts between 2 and 2.30 hours, and last entry is 2.30 hours before closing
Tickets & Cost:
Adults £21.50; Senior (over 60) £19.60; Children (under 17) £12.30; Infant (under 5) free; Family (2 adults, 3 under 17s) £55.30
See royalcollection.org.uk to order tickets online
The contact number for Buckingham Palace is +44 (0)207 766 7300
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The following bus routes go near Buckingham Palace: 11, 211, C1, C10
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The best London underground train stations to visit Buckingham Palace are Green Park St. James’s Park Victoria
Note: The actual closest train station to Buckingham Palace is St Jamess Park
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It's that time of year again... when Buckingham Palace throws open its doors to the public.

As one of the few working palaces remaining in the world, Buckingham Palace serves as both the office and the official London residence of Her Majesty The Queen, as well as the administrative headquarters of the entire Royal Household.

The Summer Opening allows you to see inside the lavishly decorated State Rooms where official functions are held, all furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection.

The self-guided tour will take you into the Quadrangle and through the Grand Entrance, then up the Grand Staircase and through the Guard Room, Throne Room and Picture Gallery, which is filled with paintings embrandt, Rubens, Vermeer and Canaletto.

You will then head into the Silk Tapestry Room, Ball Supper Room and Ballroom (where they hold the investitures), and on to the State Dining Room, Blue Drawing Room, Music Room, White Drawing Room, Marble Hall, Bow Room, and then out onto the veranda overlooking a small part of the garden.

They always include a special exhibition every year, and this it will be "Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen's Wardrobe", which will tell the story of her reign through the medium of fashion.

Craig has been to the Summer Opening numerous times, and ranks it as one of his favourite things to do in London. You can read his review on his London blog. One of the things that he enjoys the most is having a cup of tea (an expensive cup of tea!) on the veranda at the end. How many people can say they've had tea at Buckingham Palace?

You can extend your visit with a tour of the Buckingham Palace gardens as well (for extra cost). And if you're lucky, you might be able to tack on a visit to the Changing the Guard ceremony as well.

You can check out our complete list of Royal events in London here.

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