Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle Tour

Activity code: BP9

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Highlights

  • Explore Queen Elizabeth II’s official home of Buckingham Palace
  • Discover the royal State Rooms, the Throne Room and the Golden Staircase
  • Walk through the world-famous Picture Gallery and 42-acre garden
  • Visit the largest occupied Castle in the world, Windsor Castle
  • See Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House and St George’s Chapel
  • Return transportation to Windsor on a luxury coach
  • Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House is currently closed for planned improvement works.
  • Cancelled bookings up to 72 hours before travel receive a full refund

Description

Discover the charm of two gorgeous royal residences with this package that includes entry to both Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. You’ll begin by meeting your Golden Tours representative at 9.45am outside the Queens Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA. You will not be able to enter the Palace without seeing the rep first.

Special Timed Entry to Buckingham Palace with Multimedia Tour

Visit the official London residence of Queen Elizabeth II with a special timed entry into the Royal Palace’s magnificent State Rooms. Open for just ten weeks a year, this is a spectacular opportunity you won’t want to miss!

With a multimedia guide included in your visit, you’ll explore the 19 ornately decorated rooms used by The Queen for State, ceremonial and official occasions. Discover sculptures, the finest furniture and the incredible 47-metre Picture Gallery. See the Music Room where The Queen’s eldest children were baptised and the Throne Room, featuring the throne chairs used for Her Majesty’s coronation ceremony in 1953. 

In fact, this summer, to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, The State Rooms will display a series of official portraits by Dorothy Wilding taken shortly after The Queen’s Accession to the throne in 1952. These portraits later inspired The Queen’s image on postage stamps and in British embassies across the world until 1971. The exhibition will also feature The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara – a gift to Princess Victoria Mary of Teck, on her marriage to the future King George V in 1893.

This unique palace tour ends with a walk through the idyllic south garden before visitors are to make their own way to Victoria for the Windsor Castle portion of the tour, where the coach will depart at 1.45pm. 

Windsor Castle
Discover the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world – Windsor Castle! Founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, the Castle has been home to royals for over 900 years and is The Queen’s favourite weekend residence.

During your visit, you’ll get the chance to peek inside the State Apartments, used by the Royal Family to host Heads of State and awards ceremonies, and home to the finest art from the Royal Collection. You’ll marvel at the Semi-State Rooms – the most decorated rooms in the Castle, created for George IV, who also completely remodelled the Castle’s exterior in the 1820s. 
See the Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, an incredible model home complete with working lifts, running water, electricity and wine bottles, all in miniature! Explore St George’s Chapel – the location of many royal weddings, baptisms and burials, including that of the notorious King Henry VII and his third wife Jane Seymour. 

The tour finishes at approximately 6:30pm in Kensington.

This tour is unescorted.
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Additional Information

What's Included in the tour


  • Entry to Buckingham Palace
  • Entry to Windsor Castle
  • Multimedia guide in multiple languages
  • Transportation to Windsor by air-conditioned coach

What's Excluded in the tour


  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Return
  • Food and beverages unless stated differently
Please Note:
  • *During Peak Periods, Additional Vehicles Without Wi-Fi May Be Used
  • Buckingham Palace tickets purchased from Golden Tours cannot be converted into a 1-Year Pass
  • For safety reasons, pushchairs are not permitted in the State Rooms. They must be checked in and reclaimed at the exit. Baby-carriers are available for loan.
  • A one-way system operates along the entire visitor route for safety reasons.
  • Use of mobile phones are permitted in the Palace garden. Mobile phones must be switched off elsewhere on the visitor route.
  • Photography is not permitted inside Buckingham Palace.
  • Clients that require mobility access must book directly with Buckingham Palace on (+44) (0)303 123 7324.
  • Our vehicles are modern, comfortable, and kept to the highest standards of cleanliness, including a deep clean every day
Schedule

Daily: Saturday 22 July until Sunday 30 September 2022

Buckingham Palace
Meeting time: 9:45am 
Entry Time: 10:00am
Meeting Point: Queens Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA

Windsor
Check-in time: 1:30pm
Departure time: 1:45pm (Please arrive 10 min before time stated)
Return time: approx. 6:30pm
Departure Point: Bus Stop 1 Bulleid Way, 123-151 Buckingham Palace Rd, Victoria, London SW1W 9SH.
Return point:  Due to legal working hour’s restrictions for our drivers, this tour will finish within a 2 or 3 minute walk of Gloucester Road Underground Station. This station is in Zone 1 and is three stops Eastbound on the Circle Line or the District Line to Victoria. The Piccadilly Line also runs through Gloucester Road, and is only 5 stops to Piccadilly Circus.  

St. George’s Chapel closed
St. George’s Chapel is also closed to visitors on Sundays as services are held throughout the day. Worshippers are welcome to attend the services. 

Return point:  Due to legal working hour’s restrictions for our drivers, this tour will finish within a 2 or 3 minute walk of Gloucester Road Underground Station. This station is in Zone 1 and is three stops Eastbound on the Circle Line or the District Line to Victoria. The Piccadilly Line also runs through Gloucester Road, and is only 5 stops to Piccadilly Circus.