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The Summer Opening at Buckingham Palace is fantastic, but here's something even better... an exclusive evening tour in the company of a Royal expert.
What separates this tour from the Summer one is that it takes place after hours, in a much smaller group, so you don't have to share all the spectacular rooms with hundreds of other tourists. And you don't have to wear a pair of headphones, either -- all the talking is done by a human guide. That means they can go into much greater detail and take some questions during a sit down in the big Ballroom.
You'll get a much better insight into the history and use of the State Rooms, and learn a lot about the paintings, the furniture, sculptures and porcelains, and hear some interesting personal stories about the Royals who lived here.
The tour will end with a glass of champagne, where you'll have a chance to mingle with the expert and all the other guests. You will also receive a copy of the official guidebook and 20% off any items you buy in the shop.
Craig has been on this tour himself, and he definitely recommends it. He has been to the Summer Opening several times (ie. the normal daytime tour with hundreds of other tourists), but if you can afford to stump up eighty quid for this guided version then it is infinitely better. Not only do you get a real human guide instead of listening to some history on the headphones, but you also get to experience the empty rooms in low light -- and they really do look impressive when they're not bustling with hundreds of others people. This is Buckingham Palace how it's supposed to be seen!
Craig’s review – “I thought I'd pop in and see the Queen tonight because she's putting on one of those Evening Tours of Buckingham Palace. It cost me £75 quid so it should be good. That's quite a lot of money so hopefully the Queen will be leading us around herself. If we end up with Prince Edward then I want a refund. I'm sitting in St. James's Park at the moment, which is as good a… continued”
Buckingham Palace Summer Opening 2018 – 21 Jul to 30 Sep 2018 – Step inside Buckingham Palace and see the State Rooms, lavishly decorated with treasures from the Royal Collection.
Buckingham Palace Tour, and garden highlights – 23 Jul to 30 Sep 2018 – Why not combine a visit to the Buckingham Palace Summer Opening with a tour of the Queen's gardens as well?
Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace – 2 Sep to 31 Oct 2018 – The 'Changing the Guard' ceremony at Buckingham Palace is one of the must-see events for every tourist's itinerary.
Visit the State Rooms at Windsor Castle – Every day – Visit the State Rooms at Windsor Castle, the world's oldest inhabited castle, and the Royal Family's home for over 1000 years.
If you enjoy Buckingham Palace then you might like to visit Clarence House (you can walk it in 6 mins), Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace (catch the train from St James’s Park to Kensington Palace), Royal Mews (you can walk it in 4 mins) and Windsor Castle
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