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Buckingham Palace Tour
If you’re going to be in London over the summer, then one place you really must visit is Buckingham Palace. As well as The Queen’s London residence, Buckingham Palace also serves as her office and is one of the few working royal palaces in the world!
On your visit, you will be able to see the 19 magnificent, lavishly-decorated State Rooms, where all the official entertaining and ceremonial occasions take place. All of the rooms are furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer and Canaletto, sculptures by Canova and Chantrey, fabulous examples of Sèvres porcelain as well as some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. There are also over 350 clocks and watches throughout the palace and two full-time horological conservators are employed to wind and maintain them all! How many will you spot on your visit?
One particular highlight of the tour is the Grand Staircase. This magnificent bronze staircase was designed by the architect John Nash as part of his commission to remodel the palace for King George IV between 1825 and 1830. The balustrade contains some of the world’s finest bronze casting work.
In addition, there is always a special exhibition which can only be seen that particular year and this year’s exhibition, Royal Gifts, will showcase some of the official gifts which the Queen has been given during her reign.
If you fancy a peek at the gardens where the annual Garden Parties are held, then buy a Garden Tour ticket instead – this also includes a tour of the State Rooms, so you won’t miss out! Highlights of this tour include the tennis courts where King George VI and Fred Perry played in the 1930s, the Summer House and Rose Garden.
Whichever you choose, your visit will end at the Garden Café on the West Terrace of the palace, where you can have refreshments or browse through the gifts and souvenirs available in the Garden Shop.
This year, the palace will be open to the public from Saturday, 22nd July until Sunday, 1st October and, for more information, including details of how to buy tickets, visit https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/visit/the-state-rooms-buckingham-palace.