23rd July - 2nd October: Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from the Queen's Wardrobe.
Summer Opening: 23rd July – 2nd October 2016
• Free audio guide
• Choice of tour time
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2016 Summer Opening of the State Rooms. Choose your entry time from 11.00 or 15.00
As there is limited availability on each tour it is recommended that you book early.
The Buckingham Palace State Rooms are the 19 rooms that The Queen and Royal Family use to conduct royal business and affairs of state in one of the world's last true working palaces. The Buckingham Palace State Rooms are the working heart of the palace and are available to tour only during August and September when The Queen makes her annual visit to Scotland.
The State Rooms are furnished with some of the finest treasures from the Royal Collection: The collection held in trust by The Queen for her successors and the nation, made up of all nature of treasures collected by Kings and Queens over the past 500 years and containing some of the finest art and furniture in the world.
During a visit to Buckingham Palace, visitors can see the nineteen magnificent State Rooms which provide the setting for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining. All rooms are furnished with many of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection.
A ticket includes entry to the special exhibition, A Royal Welcome. This display will provide a unique insight into creating the magic and magnificence of an official visit to Buckingham Palace. From food prepared in the royal kitchen, to the linens and porcelain chosen, this exhibition will reveal the preparations behind State Visits and official royal occasions.
Kensington Palace, a palace of secret stories and public lives has been influenced by generations of royal woman. Experience life as a 17th and 18th century royal courtier whilst making your way through the magnificent King’s and Queen’s State Apartments adorned with magnificent paintings from the Royal Collection.
Victoria Revealed, set within the rooms Victoria lived as a child, this exhibition explores her life and reign as wife, mother, Queen and Empress. Fashion rules - restyled: - dress from the collections of HM Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret and Diana Princess of Wales, featuring rare and exquisite dresses worn from the 1950’s to 1990’s.
Visit the glittering court of George II and Queen Caroline where the most influential thinkers of the age gathered to discuss everything from fashion and art to science and philosophy. Explore the sumptuously restored King’s State Apartments, gamble like a courtier, enjoy Georgian music and join Queen Caroline while her ladies dress her in her finery.
Entrance to The Glorious Georges and non-ticketed events are included in Kensington Palace admission.
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 Buckingham Palace State Rooms are used extensively by Her Majesty 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.
What there is to see?
The Buckingham Palace 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 Sèvres porcelain; and some of the finest English and French furniture.
In celebration of The Queen's 90th birthday, a special exhibition will be staged across each of Her Majesty's official residences during 2016.
Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen's Wardrobe (23 July – 2 October 2016)
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.
An audio guide is included in the ticket price and is available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Japanese, Russian and Mandarin. There is also a family audio guide (in English only) and accompanying activity trail, suitable for children 7-11 years.
Changing of the Guard
The Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place at 11:30 daily from April until the end of July and on alternate days for the rest of the year, weather permitting. The new guards arrive at the forecourt of the Palace at 11:30 from Wellington Barracks. The journey takes about 5 minutes and the soldiers are accompanied by a band. The ceremony is conducted on the Palace forecourt and takes approximately forty minutes to complete.
[The Army have not yet released the schedule for July, August or September.]
If you require wheelchair access or the use of the lift, you should not book with 365 Tickets.com and should pre-book tickets directly with Buckingham Palace.
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Kensington Palace unveils a palace of secret stories and public lives. Visitors arrive through beautiful landscaped gardens evoking a past when Kensington was countryside. From the entrance hall start your journey through the magnificent Kings and Queen’s State Apartments. Filled with stories of two royal courts; the Stuarts and the Hanoverians, learn what you would have worn, how you should behave and how to succeed in the heady atmosphere of the palace state apartments.
Victoria Revealed, a fascinating exhibition, set within the rooms Victoria grew up in as a child, explores her life and reign in her own words with quotations from her intimate diaries. Imagine how she felt at just 17 years old on her first day as Queen at Kensington Palace, discover her romantic side through letters and gifts exchanged with Prince Albert and take a peep at moments of family life with her children and grand-children.
The glossy and glamorous exhibition, Fashion rules: gets a make-over, becoming Fashion rules: Restyled. A new collection of dress from the collections of HM Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret and Diana Princess of Wales represents the story of the monarchy in the 20th century featuring rare and exquisite dresses from The Queen, Princesses Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales. Discover how the royal figures and fashions were representative of the spirit of each decade. Surrounded by contemporary photography, film, music and including accessories, get a real sense of the 1950’s through to the 1990s, decades in which the clothes were worn and how they reflected and inspired everyday fashions.
Image 1: Photographer: Derry Moore, Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013
Image 2 : Photographer: Peter Smith, Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013
Image 3 : Photographer: Andrew Holt, Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013
Image 4: Photographer: Derry Moore, Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013
Dates & Times
Buckingham Palace 2016
Summer Opening of the State Rooms
The State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are open annually during the summer months when
the Palace is not in use for official functions.
23 July – 31 August 2016
Open daily, 09:15-19:45 (last admission 17:15)
1 September – 2 October 2016
Open daily, 09:15-18:45 (last admission 16:15)
Monday - Sunday 10.00-18.00
Last admission: 17.00.
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26 April 2016
Lovely historic house with royal connections right up to date.
6 April 2016
Really easy site to book tickets on. The tickets were emailed straight back to me and were accepted at the venue with no problems at all, would definitely use the site again when looking for cheap tickets for tourist attractions.
1 April 2016
16 March 2016
Really good value, I saved money very easily.
11 March 2016
My wife and I were slightly disappointed with the Palace. Several of the rooms had no furniture in them- the whole palace seemed on the dark side and even the display of dresses worn by Diana did not come up to expectations- with only about 6 dresses on show and even these were not brilliant according to my wife.
To cap it all- we went to the cafe where I was charged £3.95 for one scone and tiny jar of jam ! Absolutely ridiculous.
We have visited many stately homes in the UK which are far better value for money with far more to see.
25 February 2016
Easy to get around, staff helpful, café rather busy.
6 November 2015
Excellent tour of palace. Exhibition on Victoria very interesting. Facilities were good and staff first class.
24 September 2015
We found the website easy to follow and purchase tickets through it...cheers.
18 September 2015
Very enjoyable and informative visit. A real insight.
16 September 2015
I had visited Buckingham Palace previously when attending a garden party back in 2005. However, you are just whisked through in a moment and spend 99% of the time in the garden. This was amazing but, to revisit the Palace, getting the chance to walk through the amazing state rooms, the ballroom, the beautiful drawing rooms, reception rooms etc and to be accompanied by the most excellent commentary via the free headset, well. It was a treat. I travelled to London especially and I have to say, it was worth every penny and every minute of the journey. The E ticket bought from 365 Tickets was immediately accepted and I spent a happy 2+ hours at the palace, even had a cup of tea and a cake in the garden. A totally brilliant experience. Made me feel very proud to be English.