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The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace

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Buckingham Palace: The State Rooms Entrance Ticket

1. Buckingham Palace: The State Rooms Entrance Ticket

Explore London's arguably most iconic attraction with a multimedia tour of the Buckingham Palace State Rooms. Gain privileged access to one of the Official Residences of Her Majesty the Queen and admire the beautiful collections on display as you make your way from room to room. The term "State Rooms" refers to the public rooms of a Palace, in which monarchs receive, reward, and entertain their subjects and visiting dignitaries. Today the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are used extensively by The Queen and members of the Royal Family to receive and entertain their guests on State, ceremonial, and official occasions. The State Rooms are furnished with many of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt and Rubens, sculptures by Canova, exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain, and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. At the end of your State Rooms Buckingham Palace tour, the popular Garden Café is the perfect place to gather and enjoy views across the famous lawn.

London: The London Pass with access to 80+ Attractions

2. 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 (temporarily closed) • Westminster Abbey (temporarily closed) • London Bridge Experience • Tower Bridge Exhibition • ZSL London Zoo • St Paul's Cathedral (*temporarily closed) • 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 • The Royal Mews (temporarily closed) • 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.

London: Royal Walking Tour and Buckingham Palace Entry

3. London: Royal Walking Tour and Buckingham Palace Entry

Take a leisurely stroll through the capital, visiting significant sites that the Royal Family are associated with. Lasting approximately two hours, an expert guide will take you to see various clubs, churches, and magnificent palaces that have played important roles in the lives of the royals. See the impressive St James’s Palace – where The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall lived, and, of course, Buckingham Palace - the residence of Her Majesty the Queen. You may even see the changing of the guard and learn more about this iconic and historic tradition. As you travel through the city, see the Queen’s favorite off-license and where The Duke of Edinburgh gets his haircut. Pass the famous Fortnum and Mason and learn about the history of cream teas – an important and scrumptious British tradition. Learn odd and unusual facts about the Royal Family (including where the Queen Mother bought her cigarettes), see the Horseguards and important parts of the Crown Estate. Discover the Royal Warrants on Jermyn Street, a place in London known for its many establishments that supply the Royal Family with various goods and services. This is an excellent way to indulge your royal interests and find out more about the most luxurious spots in the city. After the tour ends at approximately midday, your guide will take you to Buckingham Palace for your entry at 12:30 PM. Explore Buckingham Palace, the and iconic London residence of the Queen. A fully working palace, housing not only the Queen, but serving as the administrative headquarters of the Royal Household and brimming with rich royal history. Learn more about the palace with the audio guide provided. See the 19 State Rooms exquisitely furnished with fine examples of French and English antique furniture. Admire the Royal Collection, including works by Rubens, Canaletto, and Rembrandt. Venture through the royal ballroom, the throne room and ascend the golden staircase. Next, wander through the Garden of Buckingham Palace. Often called the ‘walled oasis in the middle of London’, the gardens are home to 30 different species of birds and over 350 different wildflowers. Walk along the south side of the garden, taking in views of the famous lake.

London: Buckingham Palace Ticket with Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

4. London: Buckingham Palace Ticket with Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

Buckingham Palace Buckingham Palace, the grand and iconic London residence of Her Majesty the Queen is an absolute must-see on any visit to London. A fully working royal palace, housing not only The Queen but serving as the administrative headquarters of the Royal Household. The 19 State Rooms are exquisitely furnished with fine examples of French and English antique furniture and display some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection, including works by Rubens, Canaletto, and Rembrandt, sculptures by Canova and porcelain by Sèvres. The Garden Often called the ‘walled oasis in the middle of London', the gardens of Buckingham Palace are a true sight to behold. Home to 30 different species of bird and over 350 different wildflowers, there is plenty to see and enjoy. Visitors finish their tour with a walk along the south side of the garden, taking in views of the famous lake and the west front of the palace. Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Accession Featuring the first official portraits of The Queen, taken by Dorothy Wilding, alongside items of Her Majesty’s personal jewelry worn for the portrait sittings. Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne on 6 February 1952. Just 20 days later, the first official photographic sitting with the new Queen was granted to the photographer Dorothy Wilding. In 1937 Wilding had become the first official female royal photographer when she was appointed to take the portraits at the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother). The series of photographs that Wilding took of The Queen in 1952 became known around the world, forming the basis of The Queen’s image on postage stamps from 1953 until 1971, as well as providing the official portrait of Her Majesty that was sent to every British embassy throughout the world. Afternoon Tea Bus After your independent visit to Buckingham Palace, you will be free to take your afternoon tea at 3 pm from Victoria (Bus Stop 1, Bulleid Way, Victoria, London SW1W 9SH). You will be greeted with a glass of Prosecco or soft drink at the beginning of your tour. The afternoon tea consists of a selection of finger sandwiches, scones served with clotted cream and preserves, small tea cakes, and a choice of tea.

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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Excellent, just go. Took 2 children and the headphone tour had a childrens option which kept them entertained for far longer than I imagined!

It was amazing. A super experience to visit this palace! The Queen was still alive and the energy was fantastic. God save the King!!!

An amazing experience and so pleased to have been able to see the palace before the Queen passed away.

We were able to take this tour on the day the announcement of the queens passing.

It was beautiful, I love it. My kids enjoyed every part of it. Thank you