Opening of the State Rooms, Buckingham Palace (23 July to 3 Oct)

Buckingham Palace serves as both the office and London residence of Her Majesty The Queen, as well as the administrative headquarters of the Royal Household. It is one of the few working royal palaces remaining in the world today.

Today the State Rooms are used extensively by The Queen and Members of the Royal Family to receive and entertain their guests on State, ceremonial and official occasions. During August and September when The Queen makes her annual visit to Scotland, the Palace’s nineteen state rooms are open to visitors.

During the summer, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II opens her house to the public. Visit Buckingham Palace and uncover the secrets of this royal home.

Activities at Buckingham Palace

Family Audio Tour
Find out how to tell if The Queen is in residence, locate the hidden door and see magnificent family portraits as you use an audio tour and explore the Palace.

  • Suitable for children 7-11 years of age


  • 09:45 – 18:00 (last admission 15:45)
  • Admission is by timed ticket with entry every 15 minutes throughout the day.  Tickets are valid only on the date and at the entrance time specified on the ticket.  Regrettably, late-comers cannot be admitted.
  • A typical visit lasts between 2 and 2½ hours.

Admission prices
The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace (includes audio guide)

Adult  £17
Over 60/ Student (with valid ID) £15.50
Under 17  £9.75
Under 5  Free
Family £45.00 (2 adults and 3 under 17s)

How to get there

  • By train: London Victoria. (National Rail Enquiries Service 08457 484950 (UK)).
  • By underground: Victoria, Green Park and Hyde Park Corner.
  • By bus: Numbers 11, 211, C1 and C10 stop on Buckingham Palace Road.
  • By road: Buckingham Palace is situated within the London Congestion Charge zone. Please see for further details.