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Visiting Buckingham Palace -
Open in 2012 from 30 June - 8 July and 31 July - 7 October

The State Rooms of Buckingham Palace are open to visitors during the Annual Summer Opening. These are from 30 June - 8 July and 31 July - 7 October in 2012.

The State Rooms are lavishly furnished with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection - paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Poussin, Canaletto and Claude; sculpture by Canova and Chantrey; exquisite examples of Sevres porcelain, and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace was opened to the Public for the first time in 1993. However, it is still also the official London residence of the sovereign.

You can always tell if the Queen is in residence, look at the flagpole on top of the Palace, if the flag is flying then 'the Queen is at home'!

The Palace opens at 9.30am and the last admission is 4.30pm. Buckingham Palace operates a timed-ticket system, with admission every 15 minutes throughout the day.

Buckingham Palace visits last approximately three hours. Seating is available at the Visitor Entrance, in the Ballroom, on the West Terrace and in the garden.

Opening hours

30 June - 8 July and 31 July - 7 October 2012

09:45 - 18:30 (last admission 15:45)  

A typical visit to Buckingham Palace lasts between 2 and 2½ hours.

Admission Prices

The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace - includes audio guide

Adult  £18.00
Over 60 / Student (with valid ID)  £16.50
Under 17  £10.25
Under 5  Free
Family  £47.00 (2 adults and 3 under 17s)

Where to purchase tickets to visit Buckingham Palace

Buying tickets online

Tickets to visit Buckingham Palace can be purchased online from the Royal Collection and information for those with with disabilities can be found on the Royal Collection website.

Buying Tickets On The Day

Go to: The Ticket Office at the Visitor Entrance on Buckingham Palace Road.

Please note that the Ticket Office is located in Buckingham Palace, on Buckingham Palace Road, and is not in Green Park as it was a few years ago.

Buckingham Palace

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