For so famous a building it’s surprising the amount of people who don’t know you can actually visit inside the Queen’s residence a couple times a year while she’s away!
Just hanging out in the Queen’s backyard
My friend and I went early in the day and were rewarded to find it wasn’t too busy yet.
You’re provided with an audio guide and I learned a lot of interesting facts about Buckingham Palace while it took us though the 19 opulent state rooms, full of beautiful furnishings and exquisite works of art.
Sadly no pictures are allowed inside but there was some interesting mini exhibitions too, one was on the toys of the royal children and videos of Her Majesty and family, spanning from childhood to present day.
There’s a variety of tickets you can purchase depending how much you want to see of the property but starting from 20 pounds entry for adults, a visit here isn’t necessarily the cheapest activity in London but it’s most certainly worth it to get a glimpse into the home of one of the last remaining (constitutional) monarchies.
I was there in September and you can visit most of the month. I believe late July – late August is the other time of year for visitors.
The tour concludes in the garden outside and it was a pretty cool moment exiting the gates of Buckingham Palace.
As we turned the corner we realised that we were just in time for a changing of the guard, which unsurprisingly draws an insanely large crowd.
If you want a good view definitely get in early – this was as close as we were able to get!