The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace Culture & history

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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: Changing of the Guard & Buckingham Palace Tour

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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.

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What people are saying about The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace

Ian was a fantastic tour guide - he had great historical knowledge and stories, and prioritized getting our group to the best possible locations to view the changing of the guard and other crowded areas. He was great about accommodating everyone’s needs. Absolutely a great way to get an introduction to London.

Disappointed the palace was still closed and unable to visit inside as previously booked however understandable with the passing of Her Majesty, The Queen. Brendan, the guide we had today was wonderful, and extremely knowledgeable. I highly recommend him.

Buckingham Palace is such an amazing, beautiful place. I was absolutely awestruck and brought to tears at the elegance and history behind those amazing gates. The history and grandeur is beyond words. Would highly, highly recommend to everyone!

Was great, our guide Joe was great and gave us background knowledge. Well organized and worth the money!

Brilliant experience overall, the Palace left me absolutely speechless.