Buckingham Palace Castle & palace tours

Our most recommended Buckingham Palace Castle & palace tours

Buckingham Palace: The Queen's Gallery Entrance Ticket

1. Buckingham Palace: The Queen's Gallery Entrance Ticket

Visit the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace and soak up its extravagance. The building that originally stood on the site of the current Queen’s Gallery was designed by John Nash as one of Buckingham Palace’s three identical conservatories or pavilions in the form of Ionic temples. It was constructed on the southwest corner of the Palace, facing the garden, and was completed in 1831. The conservatory was converted into a private chapel for Queen Victoria in 1843 but destroyed in an air raid in 1940. At the suggestion of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, it was redeveloped as a gallery for the Royal Collection in 1962.   The current Queen’s Gallery was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in May 2002 as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations. It hosts a program of changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection. The Royal Collection holds some of the most significant examples of Japanese art and design in the western world. For the first time, highlights from this outstanding collection are brought together to tell the story of 300 years of diplomatic, artistic, and cultural exchange between the British and Japanese royal and imperial families. The Courts and Culture exhibition includes rare pieces of porcelain and lacquer, samurai armor, embroidered screens, and diplomatic gifts from the reigns of James I to Queen Elizabeth II. Together, they offer a unique insight into the worlds of ritual, honor, and artistry linking the courts and cultures of Britain and Japan.

London: City Highlights Bike Tour

2. London: City Highlights Bike Tour

Visit London’s must-see sights and attractions by bicycle as well as off-the-beaten-track hot spots that tour buses can’t reach. You’ll hear quirky tales about London’s amazing and sometimes bizarre history on this unique bicycle excursion. You’ll cycle at a comfortable pace along riverside pathways, dedicated bike lanes, and park routes. Possible tour stops include London’s major highlights, including the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and Buckingham Palace. Other places of interest that you may see include Admiralty Arch, Trafalgar Square, Chinatown, Covent Garden, and St. Paul's Cathedral. Listen to amusing anecdotes about London from your knowledgeable guide, and make stops during the day.

London: Changing of the Guard & Buckingham Palace Tour

3. London: Changing of the Guard & Buckingham Palace Tour

Explore the state rooms of Buckingham Palace and see the Changing of the Guard. Gain a deeper understanding of royal protocol from your tour guide and enjoy audio commentary inside the palace. Watch the Changing of the Guards in the company of a guide, who will explain the history and meaning behind the ceremony. See up-close the precision of the Queen’s Foot Guards as they march to the sounds of a military band. Marvel at the mounted Household Cavalry, resplendent on horseback as they change at Horse Guards Parade. If you book your tour on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday, you’ll get to experience the change of the Household Cavalry. Step inside Buckingham palace and admire the lavish apartments and sparkling chandeliers. View some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection, including exquisite Sèvres porcelain and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. While inside, enjoy commentary from the official audio guide and learn the history behind the sumptuous furnishings and family history.

London: German-Speaking Guided Tour of Westminster

4. London: German-Speaking Guided Tour of Westminster

Start your 2.5-hour tour of Westminster's best attractions near Green Park Underground Station, led by a German-speaking guide. Enjoy an unspoiled view of Buckingham Palace, the main London residence of the British Monarchy since Queen Victoria's time. View the Horse Guards ride past on their way to the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Continue your walk along The Mall, the famous red-paved street and ceremonial route the King takes when leaving Buckingham Palace. Follow in the steps of your qualified City of London and City of Westminster guide across the fascinating area of central London. Stroll past Clarence House, St. James' Palace, and Trafalgar Square before you arrive at Westminster Abbey and Parliament Square.

London: Buckingham Palace Tickets with Royal Walking Tour

5. London: Buckingham Palace Tickets with Royal Walking Tour

Enjoy a guided walking tour of the royal sights in London. See top sights like St. James's Palace, Clarence House, and The Mall. Save time with skip-the-line tickets to Buckingham Palace and dive into the royal residence with the official palace audio guide. Meet your guide near Buckingham Palace and head out on a guided walking tour of the most royal part of London. Hear fascinating background information about the Palace and the royal family, as well as the magnificent St. James's Palace, which was built by Henry VIII. Visit the beautiful St. James's Park, and the Mall which was built to resemble a giant red carpet leading up to the Palace. Pass by Clarence House which was home to Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. Enter the grand halls of Buckingham Palace which is open to visitors for a limited time each year. Get tickets that will give you guaranteed access with no time wasted waiting in line. Marvel at the lavish apartments, sparkling chandeliers, and sumptuous furnishings. View some of the greatest treasures of the Royal Collection, such as exquisite pieces of Sèvres porcelain and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. Using the official palace audio guide, learn about the palace residents, history, and traditions, as well as stories about the furnishings and ornaments. Many of these items were gifts over the centuries from heads of state from around the globe.

Full-Day Total London Tour & Flight on the London Eye

6. Full-Day Total London Tour & Flight on the London Eye

Take in some of London’s most famous sights during a day filled with a private tour of the Tower of London, a river cruise on the Thames, and a visit to St. Paul's Cathedral. Along the way see city highlights including the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. The morning part of the tour begins with a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral, where you enter as its doors open. Listen to the 17th-century organ that Mendelssohn once played, see medieval relics in the crypt below, and visit the tombs of famous historical figures. On Sundays, when viewing is restricted, you can enter the cathedral for one of the services. After leaving St. Paul’s Cathedral, the tour heads to Buckingham Palace, the London residence of the Queen, to watch the changing of the guard. If the changing of the guard is not taking place you’ll still go to Buckingham Palace for a photo stop. In the afternoon the tour continues with a visit to the Tower of London, built in 1066 by William the Conqueror. Your guide will regale you with fascinating insights into the history of this Royal Palace and fortress. Ample time will be given to view the Crown Jewels and the White Tower and to wander around this imposing fortress.  Next, enjoy a guided private boat trip on the River Thames and admire excellent views of Tower Bridge, St. Paul's Cathedral, London Bridge, and Shakespeare's Globe from the river.  The spectacular finish to the day’s tour is a flight on the London Eye.

Buckingham Palace & Windsor Castle: Full-Day Tour

7. Buckingham Palace & Windsor Castle: Full-Day Tour

Begin the tour at Buckingham Palace, one of the few working royal palaces in the world. Explore the 19 lavish State Rooms with the help of a multimedia guide. After exploring on your own, meet the tour guide and board a coach for the ride to Windsor. Windsor Castle, the world’s largest occupied castle, has been home to the royal family for over 900 years. Explore the castle grounds and St. George's Chapel, one of the finest examples of English medieval church architecture and the burial site of King Henry VIII. Platinum Jubilee: The Queen's Accession - July 22 to October 2, 2022Platinum Jubilee: The Queen's Accession will include portraits of the Queen taken by Dorothy Wilding, alongside items of Her Majesty’s personal jewelry worn for the portrait sittings. Shortly after Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne on February 6, 1952, the first official photographic sitting with the new Queen was granted to the photographer Dorothy Wilding. The series of photographs taken of the Queen in 1952 are remarkable for their modern, emblematic approach, and they have formed the basis of the Queen's image on postage stamps from 1953 until 1971. Platinum Jubilee: The Queen's Coronation - until September 26, 2022At Windsor Castle, the Coronation Dress and Robe of Estate worn by the Queen for her coronation at Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953, will be on display. Designed by the British couturier Sir Norman Hartnell, the dress was created in the finest white duchesse satin, richly embroidered in a lattice-work effect with an iconographic scheme of floral emblems in gold and silver thread and pastel-colored silks, encrusted with pearls, sequins, and crystals. Her Majesty’s Robe of Estate was made by the royal robe-makers Ede and Ravenscroft of purple silk velvet. The goldwork embroidery design features wheat ears and olive branches, symbolizing prosperity and peace, surrounding the crowned intertwined EIIR cipher. It took 12 embroideresses using 18 different types of gold thread and more than 3,500 hours to complete the work between March and May in 1953.

London's Palaces and Parliament Walking Tour

8. London's Palaces and Parliament Walking Tour

See more than 20 of London's most iconic sights on a 3-hour walking tour. Explore the City of Westminster, one of the most popular tourist locations in London. Learn fun facts about the history of the area and how it developed, as you pass by many of its iconic monuments. Head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace where on selected days you can watch the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony. Walk down The Mall, a tree-lined, royal road, adorned with Royal Parks and Royal Palaces.  Travel to Parliament Square where you will see Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. View some of the most famous sights in London, including: Buckingham Palace, the Victoria Memorial, St James's Park, Green Park, St James's Palace, Big Ben, Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and Trafalgar Square.

London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

9. London: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour

Find the prime vantage points that most people miss and see this time-honored tradition from outside Buckingham Palace. Follow your guide on a dynamic journey that will take you through each stage of the entire Changing of the Guard ceremony from beginning to end. Navigate the crowds easily and quickly. Let your guide take you to the best spots with unobstructed views for taking photos of the palace, gardens, and parade grounds. Marvel at the precision with which the Queen’s Foot Guards march to Buckingham Palace, clad in their iconic red tunics and bearskin hats. Admire the gleaming coats of the Household Cavalry’s horses as they emerge at Horse Guard’s Parade. As you watch, hear about the history of this fascinating ceremony and gain invaluable insight into every detail of this British spectacle.

London: Top 30 Sights Tour and Sherlock Holmes Museum

10. London: Top 30 Sights Tour and Sherlock Holmes Museum

Start with a walking tour of the history, culture, and legends of one of Europe’s best-loved cities. Head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard ceremony. Head to Westminster, see Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. See 30 sights in one day, including: • Buckingham Palace • Trafalgar Square • Changing of the Guard • Big Ben • Downing Street • Westminster Abbey • Whitehall • Houses of Parliament • London Eye After your tour, visit the world-famous consulting detective Sherlock Holmes, who lived at 221b Baker Street between 1881-1904, according to the stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Mr. Holmes shared his place with his loyal friend and colleague Dr. Watson. The house is protected by the government due to the special architectural and historical interest. The first-floor study overlooking Baker Street is faithfully maintained for posterity and just as it was kept by Mrs. Hudson in Victorian Times.

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Hello, Mr. Morten Kristofersen our Tour leader was superbly amazing, outstanding and awesome. My only 25 year old son suffers from an Autoimmune Encephalitis brain injury. Unfortunately he was overcome by a seizure and collasped during the changing of the Queen's guard. Immediately Morten leaped into action and slowed my son"s body face first from impacting the earth. He also whipped out his phone and dialed for medical help before I could move a muscle. He calmed down the passerbys folk and directed the tour group to continue walking. After PD and EMS arrived he ran to tour group and directed them.Then he ran back to me. I was in Viet Nam 1974-75 Iwas a Lt. in the NYC Fire Dept busy arears. Also I operated before second tower collasped on 911. For over 24 hrs I picked up bodies and body parts. My son rarely has seizures.(1-2 times a year).However when I see my son on the ground in a seizure and there is little that anyone can do until he comes out.Morten huggedme & comforted me

Tour is with EvansEvans Tour. The coach we rode on to multiple locations in the city was comfortable and spacious. The tour guide we were with (Charlotte) was fantastic. She was knowledgeable, engaging and funny. Plenty of time to take photos at certain sites. If you sign up for the whole day tour, there was enough time for lunch. This tour is a must if you only have a limited amount of time in the city. Highlights: Ride through the city, pointing out certain sites/buildings/ statues, the tower of London, Westminister Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral, watch changing of the guards, Buckingham Palace, Thames Cruise (optional). The only down part of the tour was we were dropped off at the pier for the cruise and depending on which direction you went after the cruise, you had to make your way home on your own. (This is understandable as different people would go different ways but thought we would be dropped off where we got on (at Victoria Coach Station), not a deal breaker.

Jason was highly entertaining and knowledgeable. Adapted well to new priminister's arrival at Buckingham Palace whilst on the tour.

Jason was a very good knowledgeable guide. No complaints at all. We had a great day. Thank you all

Connor was great. knowledgeable, friendly, and open to answering many questions.