Buckingham Palace Tours open soon for their summer season. Don’t miss out!
If, like pretty much everyone else, you’ve always wanted to see inside Buckingham Palace, now’s your chance. Because from July to September the Tours open for the limited summer season. Definitely book ahead for your ticket to the sumptuous State Rooms and their treasures and art works.
What can you see?
The Tour takes visitors round the 19 State Rooms. These rooms are for official and ceremonial uses. So, it’s no surprise that they’re uniquely opulent and imposing. Many of them date back to the first half of the 19th century. And, as well as the exquisite design, they’re full of artistic treasures.
For example, in the Picture Gallery you’ll see many paintings from the Royal Collection, such as by Rubens, Van Dyck, and Rembrandt. And elsewhere you’ll see historic English and French furniture pieces, and Sèvres porcelain.
You’ll also get to see the vast Ballroom, now used for state occasions. And of course, the Throne Room, with throne chairs used for the coronation of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
There’s also a free audio guide to talk you through the treasures on display and the history behind each room.
What else can you see there?
If you’d like to see a little more, why not try a State Rooms and Gardens highlights tour? As well as the State Rooms, you’ll get to see areas of the garden such as the Rose Garden. And don’t forget to make time for a cup of tea in the Garden Cafe.
Alternatively, time your visit so you can also see the Changing the Guard, one of London’s most iconic sights. This usually happens at 11 am every day during the summer (it’s worth checking the schedule on the website), and best of all, it’s free to observe outside the Palace. So, you don’t even need a ticket. However, it’s very popular, so arrive early to get a good spot to watch.
The Tours are open from 20th July to 29th September this year. However, it’s no surprise that they are super popular. So, book ahead if you’re planning to go.
You’ll need to buy a timed ticket. And the opening times start at 9:30, with the last admission at 17:30 until 31st August, and 16:30 in September.
There are a variety of ticket options, including a family ticket. And under-5s go free.