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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.
A special exhibition, 'Royal Fabergé' brings together masterpieces by Carl Fabergé, from Imperial Easter Eggs and dazzling jewel-encrusted boxes to miniature carvings of favourite royal pets. The exhibition reveals how the world’s finest collection of work by the great Russian goldsmith and jeweller has been created by successive generations of the British Royal Family.
Heritage site, Historic house or home
26 July - 31 August 2014
Open daily 09:30-19:30
(last admission 17:15)
1- 28 September 2014
Open daily 09:30-18:30
(last admission 16:15)
A typical visit lasts between 2 and 2½ hours.
The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace
Over 60/ Student (with valid ID) £18.00
Under 17 £11.25
Under 5 Free
Family £50.75 (2 adults and 3 under 17s)
A timed-admission fee of £1.25 per ticket applies.
Architecture, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Personalities
Key artists and exhibits
- Sèvres porcelain
- English and French furniture
- 26 July — 28 September 2014 *on now
From well-loved toys and treasured family gifts to tiny childhood outfits, a special exhibition at Buckingham Palace will give an unprecedented glimpse into life as a young member of the royal family growing up at Buckingham Palace. Spanning more than 250 years, Royal Childhood brings together objects from the Royal Collection, the Royal Archives and the private collections of members of the Royal Family, as well as previously unseen photographs and film footage.
The exhibition is accompanied by Royal Childhood: A Souvenir Album by Anna
Reynolds and Lucy Peter, price £12.95 or £9.95 on-site.