Buckingham Palace Tours

10 Best Buckingham Palace Tours

Buckingham Palace is undoubtedly the most important landmark in London, as it serves as the residence of the Monarch and the administrative headquarters of the United Kingdom. There are several unique areas to explore in Buckingham Palace and some of them include; visiting the Royal State Rooms, the Royal Mews, and several other locations. Visitors can also view and explore some of the most iconic artworks at the Queen's Gallery as well as several other spectacular attractions. About 578 thousand people are recorded as the landmark's summer annual visitors, and with several Buckingham Palace Tickets, visitors will enjoy different tour options at affordable prices.

Guided tour tickets enable people to explore Buckingham Palace with a tour guide who will assist them in discovering more about the palace and exploring its history. On Private tours in Buckingham Palace, visitors can explore the palace at their own pace and enjoy its beautiful views. Skip the line tickets to Buckingham Palace will enable visitors to gain entry into the palace very easily, instead of waiting in the long queue and with private tickets and other available tickets, visitors will enjoy the best touring experiences with Tripindicator, compared to other touring agencies. Discount tickets are available with the tour team for affordability and visitors will enjoy the best deals when they buy online tickets. Buckingham Palace tours and skip the line guided tours, as well as others, can be easily accessed.

With Tripindicator, visitors will get the best combination of tour deals and tickets at very affordable prices. The standard ticket prices into Buckingham Palace are displayed below.

*The following prices apply only to the summer period from 20 July - 29 September

Ticket Type

State Rooms

Royal Day Out

Adult £25.00 £45.00
Over 60/Student £22.00 £40.00
Child/Disabled £14.00 £24.00
Under 5s Free Free
Family (2 adults, 3 kids) £64.00 £114.50

See below a brief description of various handpicked Buckingham Palace skip the line guided tours and tickets.

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The Queens Gallery Buckingham Palace
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  • A chance to walk in the footsteps of royalty and visit the official home of Queen Elizabeth II.
  • This is a convenient hassle-free ticket which will make a visit to this popular attraction run smoothly.
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The Eye, Westminster, and Buckingham Palace: A Self-Guided Audio Tour in London

2. The Eye, Westminster, and Buckingham Palace: A Self-Guided Audio Tour in London

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  • Join radio presenter and The Influential Women podcast host and newsreader Nicki Bannerman on an immersive walking tour through the heart of Royal, political, cultural and historic London starting from the Embankment tube station. Wonder at ‘The London Eye’ and the Big Ben clock tower of the Houses of Parliament. Take a photo of the cultural...
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Photographer, Professional Photoshoot - Buckingham Palace

3. Photographer, Professional Photoshoot - Buckingham Palace

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  • Glamorous professional photo shoot in unique Buckingham Palace locations.
    The Photo Experience will create amazing photo memories from your visit. You will be able to see undiscovered locations, and get the best photo story from your Buckingham Palace visit. We can tailor each photo shoot to meet your requirements. And we can travel to your...
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From Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace Walking Tour

4. From Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace Walking Tour

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  • Discover London’s Royal side by visiting Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace, and explore the history of this city with our self-guided immersive guide! 

    Narrated by an expert historian, we’ll follow in the age-old footsteps of monarchs and the armed forces, as we dive deeper into British history. Discover the secret stories of...
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Classic London micro-walking half-day tour [Group tour]: Buckingham Palace, Royal Park, Big Ben, Downing Street, London Guided Tour: 55 degrees north latitude

5. Classic London micro-walking half-day tour [Group tour]: Buckingham Palace, Royal Park, Big Ben, Downing Street, London Guided Tour: 55 degrees north latitude

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  • This is a classic London trip that everyone wants to experience! We will take you through the heart of the city, explore the landmarks of London and visit the charming alleys of Westminster. You'll see some of the capital's most iconic places, including Buckingham Palace and Big Ben, and learn about all the military and royal history immersed in...
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Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle Day Trip from London

6. Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle Day Trip from London

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  • Visit two of England's most royal attractions on this day trip combining Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. You'll be one of the first to enter Windsor Castle and discover centuries of royal history, before heading to Buckingham Palace, where you will be able to explore the rooms of this working palace at your leisure, soaking in the fine...
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Buckingham Palace and Vintage Bus Tour of London

7. Buckingham Palace and Vintage Bus Tour of London

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  • Discover London’s highlights by bus, boat and foot on this comprehensive half-day tour. Sitting comfortably aboard an iconic Routemaster bus, travel along the capital’s streets and see sights such as Big Ben and Trafalgar Square. Then, hop aboard a Thames River cruise boat to admire London’s famous skyline from the water. Cap your tour with...
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Small-Group Royal Westminster Tour with Buckingham Palace Entrance Ticket

8. Small-Group Royal Westminster Tour with Buckingham Palace Entrance Ticket

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  • Discover literally thousands of years of royal history on a spectacular walking tour that includes a ticket to get inside Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s official London residence.

    Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall, Horseguards Parade- the stones of the landmarks of Westminster tell tales of centuries of...
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Buckingham Palace Exterior and Royal History Private Tour

9. Buckingham Palace Exterior and Royal History Private Tour

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  • Delve into England’s royal heritage and see the world-famous Buckingham Palace, St James Palace, Admiralty Arch & Trafalgar Square. Options of private transport and guided tour of City of Westminster, including Big Ben

    Choose one of our excellent tour options. Read the description of the options carefully as each option is...
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Skip-the-line Queen’s Gallery and Buckingham Royal Tour

10. Skip-the-line Queen’s Gallery and Buckingham Royal Tour

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  • Discover the treasures of the royal collection at the Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace. Enjoy a royal tour with an Expert Guide and see Buckingham Palace. Take advantage of skip-the-line tickets and private car transfers to Queen’s Gallery.

    Choose one of our excellent tour options tailored to your needs and interests:

    3-hour:...
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Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle tour from London

11. Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle tour from London

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  • Celebrate the Platinum Jubilee in 2022 by experiencing two of Britain's finest Royal residences on this fantastic full-day tour to Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. Get a rare glimpse inside the Queen of England's official residence at Buckingham Palace before heading to the largest, continuously occupied castle in Europe and ancestral home of...
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Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace Guided Tour - Private Tour

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

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  • This 2 hour private guided walking tour will allow you to learn about and witness the event live with an expert guide, who will help you score excellent photos without having to navigate the heaving crowds. Experience one of the most quintessential British events, the changing of the guards, in the heart of...
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Buckingham Palace Entrance Ticket with Royal London Walking Tour

13. Buckingham Palace Entrance Ticket with Royal London Walking Tour

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  • Take advantage of this rare opportunity to explore the State Apartments of Buckingham Palace; they are only open for two short months each year. Tickets are limited, and demand is high! Here we include a guided stroll down The Mall and through one of London's most beautiful royal parks, as well as a glimpse into the lives of the Royal...
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Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace and Changing the Guard

14. Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace and Changing the Guard

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  • Get a royal introduction to Buckingham Palace with this Royal Mews and Changing of the Guard tour. After watching the traditional ceremony from a carefully chosen vantage point, you’ll visit the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace for a tour of the stables with a bespoke multimedia guide. Admire the horses, step inside a royal carriage, and even...
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Buckingham Palace Opening Times

Summer

20th July 2019 – 31st August 2019

09.30 to 19.30 (last admission 17.15)

Late Summer

1st September 2019 – 19th September 2019

09.30 to 18.30 (Last admission 16.15)

During the rest of the year, the palace only opens to the public for exclusive tours priced at £35 per adult.

How to Get to Buckingham Palace

The address for Buckingham Palace is as follows:

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Gate

London

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London's public transport network is very comprehensive and offers a number of ways to get to Buckingham Palace.

Underground

Most people in London use the underground. The four stops closest to the palace are Victoria, Green Park, St James' Park and Hyde Park. St James' Park is the closest.

By Coach/Bus

Buckingham Palace has its own bus stop and is serviced by the 11, 211, C1 and C10. If you're taking a coach from another part of the UK you can disembark at Victoria coach station. From there, Buckingham Palace is a ten minute walk.

Train

London Victoria and London Charing Cross train stations are both walking distance from Buckingham Palace. To minimise walking, hop on a bus or the underground to get closer.

As always, google map your journey to make sure you're taking the more direct and easiest route.

TOP TIP: Always get an Oyster card as soon as you arrive in London. You can use this card on the underground and buses. It will make your life 100 times easier, we promise!

Hop On Hop Off Bus

If the thought of navigating London's public transport system fills you with dread, consider buying a ticket to one of London's many Hop on Hop off buses. They all stop at Buckingham Palace.

Planning Your Visit to Buckingham Palace

When planning your trip to Buckingham Palace you can save time and money by following our advice and recommendations below:

Book Your Buckingham Palace Tickets In Advance

We highly recommend booking your tickets for Buckingham Palace in advance. As the attraction is only open to the public for ten weeks each year, demand for these tickets is high! Tickets are subject to timed entry so you must choose what time you'd like to visit when purchasing tickets online.

Book tickets through the Royal Collection Trust here.

 Are the Skip-the-line Buckingham Palace Tickets Worth It?

There are no official skip-the-line tickets for Buckingham Palace. If you visit the Palace as part of an organised tour, rather than as an individual, you may be able to access the Palace without needing to line up but there is no guarantee.

All visitors must pass through metal detectors at Buckingham Palace's security point which can take 10-30 minutes.

 Best Times to Visit Buckingham Palace

As the Palace is only open to the public for 10 weeks each year, there is not a great deal of flexibility in terms of when you visit.

For a great experience, time your visit to coincide with the Changing of the Guards ceremony that takes place between 10.45am and 11.15am each day. This is likely the busiest time to visit the Palace.

If you prefer a less tourist-heavy experience, visit the Palace on a day with bad weather. The Changing of the Guards ceremony is cancelled on such days so visitor numbers tend to be lower. Otherwise, the full allocation of available tickets to visit Buckingham Palace usually sells out so no one time is much busier than another.

Fully Explore Buckingham Palace with Guided Tours

Every ticket to Buckingham Palace comes with its own multimedia guide. The guide is introduced by HRH the Prince of Wales and is available in the following languages:

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Chinese

A different family-focussed multimedia guide is also available for families with children under the age of 12. This guide is only available in English.

The Palace also offers two popular guided tours.

1) The State Rooms and Garden Highlights Tour

This tour includes

  • A tour of the 19 State Rooms
  • Exhibition on Queen Victoria
  • Garden Highlights Tour

2) The State Rooms and Glorious Gardens and Amazing Adventures Tour

Designed for children and families this tour includes:

  • Tour of the Buckingham Palace Gardens

Helpful Tips for Visiting Buckingham Palace

Arrive at least 10 minutes before your allocated time. Line-ups are usually moderate but it can take 10-30 minutes to pass through the Palace security.

Palace security checks are similar to those at the airport. You must remove all metal objects from your person before going through the security arch and your belongings will be scanned. To avoid delay, bring as little as possible with you into the Palace.

Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is not permitted in the Palace.

Photography and filming is not permitted inside the State Rooms. Palace staff prefer you to turn off your mobile phone when inside. However, photography is encouraged in the Palace Gardens and grounds.

There is no dress code at the Palace. We recommend wearing comfortable clothes and shoes as a visit will require a lot of walking.

The Palace has an English audio descriptive tour for blind and partially sighted visitors and a BSL video tour is available for those hard of hearing.

There is no eating and drinking permitted within Buckingham Palace. The only place you can get refreshments is in the Garden Café.

Pushchairs and strollers cannot be taken into the State Rooms. The Palace asks that they are checking in on arrival and parents take a baby carrier free of charge.

There are toilets with baby-change facilities located in the Palace Gardens.

Visitors with disabilities are advised to contact the Palace prior to their visit to ensure all needs are met. Email the team on specialistsales@rct.uk or call on +44(0)303 123 7324.

Conclusion

To get the most out of your visit to Buckingham Palace, book a ticket for the State Rooms and be sure to see free bonus, the Changing of the Guards.

Consider a London Hop-on-Hop-off bus ticket to avoid negotiating London's busy public transport ticket. Give yourself at least two hours to tour the palace then hop back on the bus to your next attraction!

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