The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace

The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace: Our most recommended tours and activities

London: The London Pass with access to 80+ Attractions

1. London: The London Pass with access to 80+ Attractions

See all that London has to offer with the London Pass. With its wealth of history and culture, London always has plenty to offer visitors. The London Pass is a complete sightseer credits package allowing you access to more than 80 top attractions, tours, and museums. Access a huge range of the top landmarks and attractions including the Tower of London, London Zoo, Windsor Castle, and many more.  Enjoy a 1-Day Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus tour with over 60 stops across London including Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, and Piccadilly Circus. The pass is valid for a full working day across 3 routes. You'll also get access to special London Pass holder perks including discounts at gift shops at select attractions. The London Pass allows access to over 80 attractions including: POPULAR ATTRACTIONS • The View from the Shard • Tower of London • 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour • Thames River Boat (Uber Boat by Thames Clippers - 1-day Hop-on Hop-off) • Windsor Castle • Westminster Abbey • London Bridge Experience • Tower Bridge Exhibition • ZSL London Zoo • St Paul's Cathedral • Kensington Palace PLACES OF INTEREST • Shakespeare's Globe Theatre • Royal Albert Hall • Royal Observatory Greenwich • Old Royal Naval College • The Painted Hall • Cutty Sark • Kew Gardens • Hampton Court Palace • Apsley House • Benjamin Franklin House • Eltham Palace • Golden Hinde • Wellington Arch • Chelsea Physic Garden MUSEUMS & GALLERIES • London Transport Museum • Foundling Museum • Household Cavalry Museum • Charles Dickens Museum • Guards Museum • Cartoon Museum • Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art • Wernher Collection at Ranger's House • Fan Museum • London Canal Museum • London Museum of Water and Steam • Garden Museum • Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Advertising • Queen's Gallery (temporarily closed) • Pollocks Toy Museum • The Postal Museum TOURS & EXPERIENCES • ArcelorMittal Orbit • Arsenal FC Stadium (Emirates Stadium) • Chelsea FC Stadium Tour • Tottenham Hotspur FC Stadium Tour • Twickenham Stadium Tour & Rugby Museum • Wembley Stadium Tours & more! Please note attractions and tours are subject to change. Please check the digital guide included on your confirmation voucher for the full list of inclusions, opening times, and reservations instructions, when applicable, before you go.

Buckingham Palace: The Queen's Gallery Entrance Ticket

2. 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: 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: Changing of the Guard & Westminster Walking Tour

4. London: Changing of the Guard & Westminster Walking Tour

Start your group walking tour with the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Then, continue your tour towards Buckingham Palace, the residence of Queen Elizabeth II. Follow your guide on a crash course in British royal and democratic history by visiting the most important part of London, Westminster City. You’ll take in classic London sites such as 10 Downing Street, Whitehall, the Houses of Parliament, and Big Ben and hear about its construction and how the modern work will safeguard the 167-year-old tower. Greeting you in Parliament Square is Winston Churchill, and you’ll stroll around to meet other famous members of parliament and lawmakers. Hear their stories and learn why they have been honored with a statue in this prominent place. Finish your tour outside the iconic Westminster Abbey where royal weddings and coronations have taken place since 960AD. You’ll see the Jewel Tower and hear about the old Palace of Westminster, where Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators tried to blow up Parliament, and how he saw his end in Old Palace Yard. See the statue of Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst and hear how one determined woman spent the night in order to be counted as living in the building. See the famous balcony where the royal family appears during major events, and hear stories of intruders and princes scaling the walls both to get inside and out!

Buckingham Palace Exterior and Royal History Private Tour

5. Buckingham Palace Exterior and Royal History Private Tour

Follow the royal route from Trafalgar Square to the Buckingham Palace with a Private Guide who is an expert in royal history of Britain. Learn about Queen Elizabeth II, her predecessors and successors. Discover interesting facts about the British monarchy and the government, and see royal heritage sites in Westminster, London. Join this exclusive 2-hour tour to see Buckingham Palace (exterior only) It is the official London residence of Queen Elizabeth II and of England's most famous landmarks. Your royal adventure will begin at the historic Trafalgar Square, where you can find statues of James II, George IV and Charles I. Pass under the monumental Admiralty Arch and see the site of the famous Horse Guards Parade, which is always guarded by the Queen’s Cavalry. Follow part of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Walk through St James Park while listening to the story of the British royal family, from James VI and I (who united England and Scotland) to the present monarch, Elizabeth II. Your Expert Guide will help you understand the family tree of the Windsor family, their titles, public roles and the royal lifestyle. You will see the 16th-century St James Palace and the iconic Queen Victoria Memorial with formal gardens. The tour will end at the gates of Buckingham Palace, where you can meet the Queen, or at least see her loyal guards in their iconic red coats. Choose the 3,5-hour option to enjoy this exclusive royal history tour with private car transfers from your London accommodation. Avoid getting lost by booking a convenient pickup and drop-off service. We will organize a 5-Star Driver and a private vehicle exclusively for your group of friends/family so you will not have to share with other passengers. Join the 4-hour tour to see the Buckingham Palace (exterior only) and highlights of the City of Westminster, London! During this original tour you can learn more about the British constitutional monarchy, that is, the unique relationship between the Queen and the government. Admire the mighty Westminster Abbey and the Palace of Westminster, the center of British democracy. See iconic sights such as the Big Ben, Downing Street and other historic buildings and monuments along Whitehall. The 5,5-hour option includes an extended walking tour and private transport. Enjoy exploring the City of Westminster, from Westminster Abbey to the Buckingham Palace, and benefit from convenient transfers with pickup and drop-off at the address provided when booking. We guarantee a hassle free experience that will make the tour more enjoyable.

Royal London Walking Tour

6. Royal London Walking Tour

Your local guide will meet either meet you at your hotel or at the tour starting point of St. James Park Underground Station. The walk starts by heading to St James’ Park, built by King Henry VIII and so the oldest Royal Park in London. The park is renowned for its wonderful variety of birds that live in and around the lake. Next up you will visit the first of several Royal Palaces and walk a short distance to St. James’ Palace. This old palace used to be the residence of the monarch until 1837. These days it is occupied by Prince Charles, the Duchess of York and Prince Harry. From here you will walk along Londons primary ceremonial road, The Mall which leads to Buckingham Palace but before you get to the home of HRH Queen Elizabeth II, you will see Clarence House, a home with a lengthy Royal history that for many decades was the residence of the Queen Mother. There is no avoiding the magnificent Buckingham Palace and you will stop here for a while to take some wonderful photos as you learn a little about the history of the palace and The Queen before you continue past the Royal Mews. Time to move on from this particular part of London, you head over to another Royal Park, Green Park and along Constitution Hill to a number of marvelous memorials and a fabulous monumental Arch with the largest bronze statue in Europe sat atop. After stopping at Number 1 London, an actual address of a great house that once belonged to the Duke of Wellington, you enter Hyde Park. When in the middle of Hyde Park you can almost forget that you are in the middle of London with is acres of parkland, meadows, lakes and thousands of trees. It is little wonder that it was once a Royal hunting ground. You will visit the beautiful Serpentine before visiting the Princess Diana Memorial. Going back 150 years further you go on a little further to see the magnificent Prince Albert Memorial and neighboring Royal Hall before you finish this private guided tour passing through Kensington Gardens at the front gates of Kensington Palace, official London Royal residency of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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Der Zugang zu den meisten Attraktionen ist einfach. Nur die Buchung des Zeitfensters zum 'View from the shard' ist umständlich. Ich hatte einen Pass für 3 Tage und das hat sich auf jeden Fall gelohnt, da die meisten Sehenswürdigkeiten ziemlich teuer sind. Dennoch sollte man um Voraus ungefähr planen, was man machen möchte und rechnen ob sich der Pass lohnt. Das ist einfach, da auf der Website alle Originalpreise und die des Passes genannt werden. Die App kann man nutzen, ist aber kein Muss.

Completely worth it if you can choose the activities wisely. Take the hop-on hop-off bus, uber boat and bike ride tour and you will be able to use this pass fully.

Είναι μια πραγματικη διευκόλυνση και δεν χρειαζεται να ανησυχεις για τιποτα. πολυ συμαντικο να εχεις και μια καρτα olyster για τις μεταφορες

Uber boot is perfect to get around but you have to hurry up if you want to make the most out of the pass!

You should take 2 or 3 days pass. Then you can see more. 1 day pass is good but not enough.