The Buckingham Palace is the most well-known landmark in all of London. As for its history, it was built in 1702. Throughout the years, it changed hands many times and underwent numerous restoration projects. It was in 1837 when it became the home of royalty. The first monarch to live there was Queen Victoria. Today, the palace is home to The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. It is also used for administrative purposes. In fact, it is one of the few working palaces remaining in the world.
If traveling to London in August or September, you can tour the palace’s State Rooms. Tours are only available during the summer.
Watch the Changing of the Guards
Throughout the year, you will find the Changing of the Guards. On average, a Changing of the Guard ceremony occurs every other day.
Those who stand guard at the Buckingham Palace are comprised of ceremonial guards and serving soldiers. Since many are still active in the military, the changing of the guards is needed.
Guards can be photographed before, during, and after the ceremony. If you would like a picture of yourself and a guard, visit St. James Place, where you will find a silent guard standing alone for the sole purpose of photographs.
The Changing of the Guards does have varying dates, so verify this information right before your trip or once you arrive in London.
Location: London SW1A 1AA
Admission fee: Royal Day Out tickets £35.60 for adults. Children under 5yrs free.