"The Queen's Joint" Buckingham Palace Tip by Jase1177
Buckingham Palace, London: 423 reviews and 701 photos
Buckingham Palace is an interesting place, especially for being a royal residence in the middle of a major city. Most people will go see Buckingham Palace & Watch the Changing of the Guard.
If you are able to plan ahead (during the summer months), try to get a tour of the palace to see the inside. For about £13.50 you will be permitted to join the guided tours. When you purchase your tickets, you will be provide with the date and specific time for your tour. I liked this because I knew I had a spot and could plan my day around that time.
You are given special audio recordings that allow you to hear many facts on the tour, aside from those of the guides. The highlights of the tour were the large State Rooms, used for entertaining foreign dignitaries; including the large ballroom/orchestral room where many balls and knights occur. This room included several royal artifacts such as swords, clothing, medals, and instruments. Also, there is a video of several of the events that take place in the room. All of the rooms and halls include wonderful paintings, tapestries, and objects. I was fascinated to hear how each of the monarchs impacted the design and decor of the palace over the years. The Music Room and the White Room were particularly beautiful and ornate.
After you go through the interior of the Palace, you are left to the large rear gardens. These are enjoyable to stroll through and just take in the scenery. In the gardens, there stands a large tent that houses a surprisingly large gift shop. This shop has nearly everything a royalty buff would want. Although I made no purchase, there was anything from small choclate coins to a full china tea service with the royal seal.
Overall, the tour of the palace is quite lovely and enjoyable. There aren't many active palaces in the world where you can tour. If you are there during July, August, or September, try to include this as part of your itinerary.
Cost: ~ £13.50
Sorry, no cameras allowed inside the palace.
Address: The Mall, SW1
Directions: Green Park tube
Phone: +44 303 123 7300
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