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.
The Queen's Coronation 1953
This summer marks the 60th anniversary of one of the most momentous occasions in 20th-century British history – the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. To mark the anniversary of the event, a major exhibition for the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace will bring together for the first time since Coronation Day, a spectacular array of dress, uniform and robes worn by the principal royal party. Works of art, paintings and objects used on the day will also be on display to recreate the atmosphere of that extraordinary occasion.
The State Rooms form the heart of the working palace and are lavishly furnished with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection - paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Poussin and Canaletto; sculpture by Canova; exquisite examples of Sevres porcelain; and some of the finest English and French furniture.
The Garden: Described as a 'walled oasis in the middle of London', the Palace's garden is home to thirty different species of bird and more than 350 different wild flowers, some extremely rare. Visitors end their tour with a walk along the south side of the garden, with splendid views of the west front of the Palace and the famous lake.
Disabled access: Please contact our reservations team for more information.
Admission to the State Rooms is by timed ticket. Our vouchers are valid only on the date and at the entrance time specified when booking and must be exchanged for tickets on arrival. Please allow sufficient time to exchange vouchers as some queuing time can be expected. Buckingham Palace reserves the right to refuse admittance if an incorrect ticket is purchased. Regrettably, late-comers cannot be admitted. Vouchers/Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.
Additional Information: Audio Guides are included in the admission price and are available in the following languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese and Russian. Prior to entry, visitors and their belongings are subject to airport-style security checks. Large items may have to be checked in and reclaimed at the end of the visit. For safety reasons, pushchairs are not permitted in the State Rooms. They must be checked in and reclaimed at the exit. Baby carriers are available for loan. Eating and drinking are not permitted in the State Rooms. A one way system operates along the entire visitor route for safety reasons. Photography and filming (for private use) are permitted in the Palace garden. Mobile phones must be switched off elsewhere on the visitor route.