Hours of Operation: Buckingham Palace is open to the public in the summer months only, from 09:45 – 18:00. It is best to visit the Buckingham Palace website before you leave to ensure the Palace is accepting public visitors.
Admission: Admission to The State Rooms is £17 for adults (£15.50 for students with valid ID). A ‘Royal Day Out’ package is also available for visitors and includes The Staterooms, Royal Mews and The Queen’s Gallery. £30.50 for adults (£27.50 for students). Audio guides are included.
Get There: Buckingham Palace can be easily reached via Victoria, Green Park and Hyde Park Corner tube stations.
Buckingham Palace serves as both the office and London residence of Her Majesty The Queen, as well as the administrative headquarters of the Royal Household. It is one of the few working royal palaces remaining in the world today.
The Changing of the Guard
Changing the Guard takes place at 11:30 daily from May until the end of July and on alternate days for the rest of the year, weather permitting. A board is placed outside the palace in the morning to say whether the Changing of the Guard ceremony will take place or not. There is no charge to view the Changing of the Guard – simply turn up and stand at the fence in front of the Palace, but it is worth getting there early to ensure a good view, particularly when the weather is fine.