Walk around Buckingham Palace, London

London is deservedly recognized as one of the cultural centres of the world. Among many cultural treasures found here are perfectly reserved ancients buildings, grandiose monuments and beautiful statues, as well as museums with wide collections of various objects, featuring traditions of different nations and epochs. This self guided walking tour around Buckingham Palace will reveal some of the most exciting London mysteries to you.
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Walk around Buckingham Palace Map

Guide Name: Walk around Buckingham Palace
Guide Location: England » London (See other walking tours in London)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Author: Xena
St. James's Royal Palace

1) St. James's Royal Palace

On Pall Mall to the North of St James Park, you will find St James Royal Palace, which is one of the oldest working palaces in the capital.

The palace was commissioned in 1536 by King Henry VIII and is still an official residence of the monarchy, even though no king or queen has lived there since 1837, when Queen Victoria made Buckingham Palace her official London residence.

The palace was built on the site of a sanatorium for lepers, dedicated to St James, hence the name of the palace. Built in the Tudor style of red brick, the palace has four courtyards and a gatehouse at its North end. The gatehouse is one of the few parts of the building that date back to Tudor times, along with a couple of rooms and the Chapel Royal. The main part of the palace was destroyed by fire in 1809, during the reign of King George III.

King Charles I was born there but during the Commonwealth Period, Oliver Cromwell had the place transformed into a prison and barracks. King Charles II restored the palace in 1680 and his brother James II lived there during his short reign as king.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were married in the Chapel Royal, which is open to the public. The heart and bowels of Queen Mary I are buried in the chapel. In front of the gatehouse you can have your photo taken next to the Guard from the Household Division.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Buckingham Palace

2) Buckingham Palace (must see)

Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the British monarch. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is a setting for state occasions and royal hospitality. It has been a rallying point for the British people at times of national rejoicing and crisis. Originally known as Buckingham House, the building which forms the core of today's palace was a large townhouse built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703 on a site which had been in private ownership for at least 150 years. It was subsequently acquired by George III in 1761 as a private residence for Queen Charlotte, and known as "The Queen's House". During the 19th century, it was enlarged, principally by architects John Nash and Edward Blore, forming three wings around a central courtyard. Buckingham Palace finally became the official royal palace of the British monarch on the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837. The Buckingham Palace Garden is the largest private garden in London.

Why You Should Visit:
It's amazing to see parts of an actually working Palace, though you don't get to look around all its 700 rooms.

If you don't bring a packed lunch thinking you can have some food in the local shops, you will be astonished at the prices.

Opening Hours:
9:30am-7:30pm, between the 22nd of July and 31st of August
Sight description based on wikipedia
Queen's Gallery

3) Queen's Gallery (must see)

Everyone visiting London goes to Buckingham Palace to see the famous Changing of the Guard, but the palace is also renowned for the Queen’s Gallery and should be on every visitor’s “must be seen” list.

During the Blitz of 1941 the palace’s chapel was destroyed by a bomb, and when reconstruction began, it was decided not to rebuild the chapel, but to create a Royal Museum, so that people could see items from the Royal Collection, the art and treasures that belong to the nation and are held in trust by the Crown.

The Gallery was opened to the public in 1962 and presents rotating exhibitions of clothing, decorative art, furniture, paintings, photographs, porcelain, and sculptures. In all over 450 items are on display at any given time. If you are visiting with children, do take advantage of the Family Activity Bag, which is full of activities, challenges and games which are very popular and help children to understand the exhibits in a fun way.

In the Gallery shop, you can buy catalogues and gifts that include, of course, mugs, postcards, t-shirts, and other souvenirs. Taking photos or filming inside the gallery is strictly forbidden and visitors are asked to turn off their mobile phones.

The collection in the gallery is really marvelous, but if you are hoping to see the Crown Jewels, you will have to go to the Tower of London!

You can get your ticket stamped at the end for a free return to other exhibitions within the next 12 months.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9:30am-5:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
The Queen’s Gallery Shop

4) The Queen’s Gallery Shop

What to buy here: Buckingham Palace Hand Towel. Price: £19.95.

Live like royalty with this Buckingham Palace Hand Towel, part of a range of towels that are all boldly decorated in gold thread with the Buckingham Palace lion and unicorn emblem. This is the official royal coat of arms of the British monarch. The rampant lion with its crown represents England while the heraldic unicorn comes from the royal coat of arms for Scotland. Made from 100% cotton this high quality hand towel is finished to a very high standard with deep plush pile and a woven trim. It measures a generous 33 inches long by 19 inches wide and is sure to add a little touch of elegance to any bathroom. The pure white towel with its regal gold design will match any existing color scheme and makes a thoughtful gift to take home as a souvenir of your trip to Royal London.

Business Hours: Monday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
The Royal Mews Shop

5) The Royal Mews Shop

What to buy here: Commemorative Pillbox.

This tastefully designed and decorated pillbox is part of a collection of items produced by Buckingham Palace to celebrate the wedding of Prince William to Katherine Middleton on April 29, 2011. The official Royal Wedding china collection is only available from the Buckingham Palace shops and makes a very special souvenir and collectible gift. The pillbox measures 2½ inches in diameter and stands one inch high. The removable lid has the couple’s initials entwined in gold and silver with the royal coronet above. The collection is handmade in the Potteries, Stoke-on-Trent using methods unchanged for over 250 years. After being decorated and embellished, the pillbox has several layers of burnished gold and platinum added before a final layer of 22-carat gold is applied by hand. For safe keeping the box is supplied in a presentation box and wrapped in tissue with designs inspired by wall hangings in Clarence House, one of the royal households. This lovely piece makes a thoughtful souvenir which is sure to become a family heirloom. Price: £25.

Business Hours: Daily 10am – 5 pm
Royal Mews

6) Royal Mews

The Royal Mews is a mews (combined stables, carriage house and, in recent times, also the garage) of the British Royal Family. In London the Royal Mews has occupied two main sites, formerly at Charing Cross, and since the 1820s at Buckingham Palace. The first set of stables to be referred to as mews was at Charing Cross at the western end of The Strand. The royal hawks were kept at that site since 1377 and the name derives from the fact that they were confined there during moulting (or “mew”) period.

The building was destroyed by fire in 1534 and rebuilt as a stables, keeping its former name while having acquired this new function.

The present Royal Mews is in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, to the south of Buckingham Palace Gardens, near Grosvenor Place. In the 1760s George III moved some of his day-to-day horses and carriages to the grounds of Buckingham House, which he had acquired in 1762 for his wife's use, but the main royal stables housing the ceremonial coaches and their horses remained at the Charing Cross. However, when his son George IV converted Buckingham Palace into the main royal residence in the 1820s, the whole stables establishment was moved. The old Mews at Charing Cross was demolished and Trafalgar Square was built on the site. The current Royal Mews was built to the designs by John Nashand completed in 1825 (though the Riding School, thought to be by William Chambers, dates from the 1760s). The buildings have been modified extensively since.

The Royal Mews is regularly open to the public. The state coaches and other carriages are kept there, along with about 30 horses, together with their modern counterparts, the state motor cars. Coachmen, grooms, chauffeurs and other staff are accommodated in flats above the carriage houses and stables. Mews are open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm (last admission 3:15 pm). Please keep in mind that a typical visit lasts 1 hour. Admission prices are (all include an audio tour): adult - £8.25; over 60 and student (with valid ID) - £7.50; under 17 - £5.20; under 5 – free; family (2 adults, 3 under 17) - £22.00.
Sight description based on wikipedia
The Guards Museum

7) The Guards Museum

The Guards Museum is a military museum in Central London, England. It is located in Wellington Barracks on Birdcage Walk close to Buckingham Palace, which is the home of five regiments of Foot Guards (the Grenadier Guards, Coldstream Guards, Scots Guards, Irish Guards, and Welsh Guards). The museum first opened in 1988. It tells the story of the regiments it represents, from the 17th century to the present day. The displays include many samples of different Guards uniforms, (chronicling the evolution of the five regiments' dress over time) as well as paintings, weapons, models, sculptures, and other related artefacts, such as Mess Silver – vividly presenting to the visitor the history of the regiments and what it's like being a guardsman. The Museum operates seven days a week from 10 am to 4 pm (last admission at 3:30 pm). Entry fee: adults - £5.00; senior citizens of 65 and over, ex-military and students - £2.50; serving military personnel - £1.00; children (16 years of age and under) – free of charge.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km

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