Buckingham Palace – London

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Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is one of the top London attractions. It has been used as the official London residence for Britain’s sovereigns since 1837. It is now used as administrative headquarters of the Monarch.

Although this palace is used for the many official events and gatherings held by The Queen, the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace are open for visitors every year.

Buckingham Palace has total 775 rooms and out of these 19 rooms is very lavishly furnished. These rooms contain the art work of very renowned artists like Rembrandt, van Dyck, Canaletto, Poussin and Vermeer.

The visitors are allowed a two-hour tour that includes the visit of Throne Room and few other rooms. Visitors have to buy tickets that have time limits and admission to palace is allowed after every 15 minutes. When you buy a ticket, an audio guide is also handed that explain the various parts of palace along with their historic importance. A Royal Day Out is a joint ticket that includes visit to the State Rooms, Queen Gallery and Royal Mews. For an adult, ticket costs £31.95 and for a child it is £18.20.

Guard changing ceremony is held at 11:30am daily from May to July. In this ceremony, the old guard comes off duty and are replaced by the new guard. This ceremony though not one of top London attractions but it is very popular ceremony that lasts for about half an hour. If you visit here in November, the official parade leaving the palace for the State Opening of Parliament is very exciting.

There is a fabulous gallery know as Queen Gallery. Entering in this gallery a visitor gets absorbed in its grand design  developed by John Nash. The gallery holds remarkable treasures in the showcases on a rotating basis. Entrance to this gallery is through Buckingham Gate.

Royal Mews is a stable that looks after royal horses and also holds grand vehicle that are used for the royal family. Visitors get mesmerised by the Gold Coach of 1762 as well as the Glass Coach of 1910. These vehicles remarkably decorated and used by Prince William and Catherine Middleton during their wedding ceremony.

List of London attractions is incomplete without mentioning Buckingham Palace; therefore, do not miss it at all.

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