Since 1837, Buckingham Palace has been the ‘official’ London home and administrative HQ of the British Monarchy, and is still the focal point for the day-to-day activities of HM The Queen and her family.
Every year, the Royal Household invites over 50,000 people to the Palace for a variety of receptions, banquets and investitures, and it is a much-revered venue for foreign state visits and other royal ceremonies, including the always popular family weddings.
Both a home and a working office, the Palace is filled with antique furniture and priceless works of art – the Royal Collection is one of the worlds’ most important – yet the building de facto is neither an art gallery or a museum.
In total, Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms, comprising 19 State Rooms, 92 offices, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 78 bathrooms and no less than 188 staff bedrooms.
Selected areas of the building, including the State Rooms, the Queen’s Gallery, the Royal Mews and the lovely gardens are open to visitors during the peak summer months and each of the three different itineraries available makes for a fascinating and entertaining London attraction suitable for all the family.
Summer opening times – 2014
26th July – 31st August: 09:30-19:30 (last admission 17:15)
1st – 28th September: 09:30-18:30 (last admission 16:15)
Allow 2 – 2½ hours per visit.
Admission prices – including audio tour
The State Rooms
Over 60s/students (with ID): £18.00
Under 17s: £11.25
Under 5s: Free
Family tickets: £50.75 (2 x adults and 3 x under 17s)
The State Rooms and Gardens
Over 60s/students (with ID): £25.70
Under 17s: £17.00
Under 5s: Free
Family tickets: £74.00 (2 x adults and 3 x under 17s)
Royal Day Out
Includes access to The State Rooms, The Queen’s Gallery and the Royal Mews.
Over 60s/students (with ID): £31.50
Under 17s: £19.50
Under 5: Free
Family ticket: £88.50 (2 x adults and 3 x under 17s)
For Ticket Sales and Information Office call +44 (0)20 7766 7334