Surrounded by gardens and parks and facing a long, wide drive, Buckingham Palace feels like a vast country estate transplanted to the heart of London. It has been the official residence of the British royal family since 1837, and offers three experiences for visitors: the Queen’s Gallery, which houses the royal art collection; the Royal Mews, which houses opulent state coaches; and the State Rooms inside the palace itself, which are open for a limited period every summer.
In the Queen’s Gallery, visitors can explore a rotating selection of one of the world’s most important collections of Western fine art, dating back to the Tudors and including many works by Old Masters.
The Royal Mews displays a range of spectacular coaches, including the 18th century Gold State Coach used for coronations. You’ll also see the livery worn by coachmen, and some of the horses used to pull the carriages.
Perhaps best of all – though sadly only open in summer – are the State Rooms, a series of ornate reception rooms that includes the Throne Room. The guided tour is a rare chance to see inside one of London’s most famous and important buildings.
|Monday Tuesday Wednesday Friday Saturday||04:00 - 01:00|
|Sunday||06:00 - 01:00|
|Staffing level||Full time|
|Travel card zone||Zone 1|
|Left Luggage phone number||0207 401 8444|
|Left Luggage Website||http://www.left-baggage.co.uk/locations.php|
|Shops note||News agent Flower stall Hairdresser Shoe repairer Wide range of shops Pharmacy Convenience store High street shops Off Licence Passport Photo Booth|
|Telephone types||Coins and cards|
|Station Buffet notes|
Coffee shop Coffee kiosk Public House/Bar Food outlet (Seating available)
The ATM machines are located on the Eastern and Central Concourse (Platforms 1 and 7) and also within a retail outlet on the station (Grosvenor Hotel).
|Bureau de Change||Available|
|Tourist Information Office||Available|
|Toilets notes||Situated on central concourse and platform 2.|
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|Customer Service notes|
Via Network Rail Reception
|Customer help points||Available|
|Weekdays||Open 24 hours|
|Saturday||Open 24 hours|
|Sunday||Open 24 hours|
|Carpark name||Station Car Park|
|Carpark operator||APCOA UK Ltd|
|Car parking spaces||107|
|Cycle storage spaces||24|
|Sheltered cycle storage||Available|
|Cycle storage CCTV||Available|
|Cycle storage notes|
Alongside station entrance, on exit to Wilton Road, On platform 7/8 behind gates
|Step-free access||Part of station|
|Step-free access notes|
Access to the underground - via steps
|Ramps for train access||Available|
|Accessible ticket machines||Unavailable|
|Accessible Booking Office counter||Unavailable|
|Accessible taxis notes|
Available on request
Taxi rank outside main station entrance
The closest station to Buckingham Palace is London Victoria, the terminus for regular services to and from south London, Surrey, Sussex and Kent, as well as for trains to Gatwick Airport. From Victoria you can walk to Buckingham Palace in just 10 minutes – turn left as you leave the station, then turn right and continue down Buckingham Palace Road. Alternatively, take buses 11, 211, C1 or C10 from outside the station, alighting on Buckingham Palace Road.