Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace Rd
London, Greater London SW1A 1AA
+44 20 7766 7300


  • While the daily changing of the guards is a tourist magnet, this majestic palace is a London icon and home of the Queen. You know that she is in residence when the flag is flying above the palace!
  • Built in 1703 for the Duke of Buckingham, George III acquired it in 1762 as a private house. It became an official royal residence in the reign of Queen Victoria, when it was greatly enlarged.
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  • Come for the changing of the guardand stay for the perfect photo op outside the official residence of the British monarchy. Tip: Tours inside state rooms are available mid-summer to fall.
  • Home of Queen Elizabeth ll, Buckingham Palace was also the site of 2011's most talked about kiss, a post-wedding smooch between Prince William, Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
  • Don't expect to see Queen Elizabeth here, but make sure you have your photograph snapped with one of the Royal Guards.
  • The house that forms the core of the present day palace was built in 1703 for John Sheffield, the 1st Duke of Buckingham and Normanby. Maybe we'll swing by there...
  • As the home of the Queen, the palace is usually closed to visitors, but you can view the interior for a brief period each summer while the Windsors are away on their holidays.
  • It is an interesting fact that Buckingham Palace has its own chapel, post office, swimming pool, staff cafeteria, doctor's surgery and cinema.
  • take a taxi there and make faces at the guards
  • Buckingham Palace has been the Queen's official residence since 1837 (when Queen Victoria decided St James's Palace, just down the road, was too small and unimpressive).
  • The Queen was at home :)
  • Get your ticket stamped on exit and it serves as a year-long pass.
  • just chillin with the queen
  • A must-see site
  • I would have thought the Queen would be the de facto Mayor of Buckingham Palace
  • Nice old bird lives here, a bit posh.
  • I thought the queen was the major!!
  • TRAVEL FACT: Stop by and say hello to the Queen, or watch the changing of the guards take place daily at 11:30am. Be sure to get there early to snag a good photo-taking spot.
  • Why isn't the Queen the mayor??

Nearby places

The Mall (Horse Guards Rd)
Piccadilly (Constitution Hill)