Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

To someone the interest to the royal personalities may seem weird and tiresome. However if you really want to see how Londoners love their country and their Queen, it is worth visiting the major symbol of the United Kingdom and England - Buckingham Palace. London residence and administrative headquarters of the reigning monarch is located opposite St James's Park and Green Park. It has become one of the most popular Britain's symbols. It is hardly possible to come to London for the first time and miss Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, the ceremony that regularly attracts thousands of tourists! It is performed daily at the forecourt from April to July, every other day in other months. The ceremony is very bright, colourful, impressive and totally available for the tourists. Guards of the Queen's division impress the most sophisticated audience by their integrity, training and composure.

The Palace was built in 1703 for the Duke of Buckingham but soon became the property of the royal family. It was enlarged by architect John Nash and in 1837 became the official residence of the monarchs of Great Britain. During 40 years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, over the roof of the palace the royal standard has been put out symbolizing that her Majesty is in the palace today.

Major official ceremonies and court functions of the royal guests are associated with the Buckingham Palace. Since 1992, part of palace's halls has been opened for public. Pity, but the largest palace in the world is open for tourists only in August and September, these two months the Queen resides in Scotland. Visitors are allowed to many royal facilities, reception halls and have the chance to see unique items displayed in special galleries. Find even more impressions and visit The Queen's Gallery where an incredible collection of paintings and jewellery is displayed. Curious young tourists are usually impressed by visit to the Royal Stables rather than by luxurious interiors and 5 kilometres of red carpets of the palace.

If you buy a ticket for the excursion (under £23), you will be able to use an audio guide. Another recommendation is to buy a ticket for a complex excursion called Royal Day that includes visit to State Rooms of the Palace, Royal Stables and the Queen's Gallery. Booking is available at the website. In front of the palace you will see the Queen Victoria Memorial, as if on the island there stands its major attraction - the sculpture.

Address: Westminster, London SW1A 1AA
Opening hours: Mon-Sun Aug 9:30 am - 7:30 pm (enter before 5:15 pm), Sep 9:30 am - 6:30 pm (enter before 4:15 pm).
How to reach: tube Victoria, Green Park, Hyde Park Corner; bus 11, 211, C1, C10.
Coordinates: 51.50136, -0.14188