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Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain's sovereigns since 1837.

It evolved from a town house that was owned from the beginning of the eighteenth century by the Dukes of Buckingham. Today it is The Queen's official residence, with 775 rooms.

Although in use for the many official events and receptions held by The Queen, areas of Buckingham Palace are opened to visitors on a regular basis.

The State Rooms of the Palace are open to visitors during the Annual Summer Opening in August and September. They are lavishly furnished with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection - paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Poussin, Canaletto and Claude; sculpture by Canova and Chantrey; exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain; and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world.

What there is to see
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 Sèvres 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. 
  
Buckingham Palace Address:              
Ticket Sales and Information Office
The Official Residences of The Queen
London
SW1A 1AA
England, UK

Buckingham Palace Opening Times:     
31st July to 29th September
9.45 am - 6.00 pm (last admission 3.45 pm)
Admission is by timed ticket with entry every 15 minutes throughout the day.  Tickets are valid only on the date and at the entrance time specified on the ticket.  Regretably, late-comers cannot be admitted.
A visit lasts between 2 and 2½ hours.

Buckingham Palace Admission:
The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace (includes audio guide)
Adult  £15.50
Over 60 / Student (with valid ID)  £14.00
Under 17  £8.75
Under 5  Free
Family (2 adults and 3 under 17s)  £39.75
 
A Royal Day Out (The State Rooms, Royal Mews and The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace)
Adult  £28.50
Over 60/ Student (with valid ID)  £25.00
Under 17  £16.00
Under 5  Free
Family(2 adults and 3 under 17s)  £73.00

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