The London home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. When she is in residence the Royal Standard flies from the mast.
Built by the Duke of Buckingham in 1703, Buckingham House was bought by George Ill in 1761. It was extended and rebuilt by George IV as a palace, and became Queen Victoria’s London home.
The State Rooms: thes rooms form the heart of the working palace. They are lavishly furnished with some of the finest treasures from the Royal Collection – paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Poussin, Canaletto; sculpture by Canova; exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain, and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. Open to the public during the summer, visitors are also able to enjoy a garden walk through the palace’s 42-acre garden.
The Queen’s Gallery: a permanent exhibition space at the Palace, with changing exhibitions of items from the Royal Collection, the wide-ranging collection of art and treasures held in trust by The Queen for the Nation.
Royal Mews: around the corner from the main facade of the Palace, the Royal Mews is one of the finest working stables in the world. The Royal Mews has a permanent display of State vehicles, including the magnificent Gold State Coach used for Coronations and those carriages used for Royal and State occasions, State Visits, weddings and the State Opening of Parliament.
Address: The Mall, SW1
Changing of the Guard: takes place daily at 11:30 (alternate days in winter months) weather permitting.
State rooms: Open early August – late September, 09:30 – 16:30 (last admission 16:15).
Admission charges : Adult £14 Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £12, Under 17 £8.50, Under 5 Free. Family £36.00 (2 adults, 3 under 17s).
Queens Gallery: Open daily except Easter Sunday, Christmas day and Boxing day, 10:00 – 17:30 every day (last admission 16:30).
Admission charges : Adult £7.50, Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £6.00, Under 17 £4.00, Under 5 Free. Family (2 adults, 3 under 17s) £19.00.
Royal Mews: Open late March to late October, but closed Friday’s, bank holidays (including Easter) and during state visits. Opening times 11:00 – 16:00 (last admission 15:15) and 10:00 – 17:00 (last admission 16:15) during Buckingham Palace Summer opening.
Admission charges : Adult £6.50, Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £5.50, Under 17 £4, Under 5 Free. Family £17.50 (2 adults, 3 under 17s)
Royal Mews and Queens Gallery Joint Ticket: Admission charges (2006) Adult £12.50, Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £10, Under 17 £7.50, Under 5 Free. Family £34.00 (2 adults, 3 under 17s)
For further information, visit the website: www.the-royal-collection.org.uk