Buckingham Palace is the queen’s official London residence and was built by John Nash in 1825. Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms, including 19 state rooms and 52 royal and guest rooms. More than 50,000 people visit the palace every year for various events such as banquets, dinners, garden parties etc.

Changing of the guards

This ceremony showcases traditional British pageantry and lasts 45 minutes. It usually takes place daily at 11:30am from April until the end of July and on alternate days for the rest of the year, weather permitting.

When can the public visit Buckingham Palace?

Every year during the months of July to September, the state rooms of Buckingham Palace are open to the public for eight week. During the tour, visitors can enjoy a special exhibition in one of the state rooms.

This year Buckingham Palace is open to visitors from 21st July to 30th September 2018.

Highlights of the Buckingham Palace summer opening include:

  • Paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Poussin, Canaletto and Claude
  • Sculpture by Canova and Chantrey
  • Exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain
  • Some of the finest English and French furniture in the world


Eccleston Square Hotel is conveniently located only a 15 mintues’ walk from Buckingham Palace. Additionally, if you are looking for a place to have afternoon tea after your visit, Eccleston Square Hotel serves a mouth-watering afternoon tea everyday Monday to Sunday.

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