One of London’s top attractions is unsurprisingly, Buckingham Palace and with good reason. Buckingham Palace is the official London residence and the administrative headquarters of the British monarch, making it the top royal attraction in the city. It’s one of the few remaining working palaces in the UK and a place for exhibitions, important art collections, special performances, lectures and multiple historical artifacts including drawings, books and paintings. Not all of the treasures are inside though – the palace’s exteriors are also truly impressive and the architecture is widely regarded as some of London’s finest.
Whether it’s to see Changing the Guard or to marvel at its sheer size, thousands of people flock to the palace gates every week to see Buckingham Palace for themselves. You don’t just have to stand outside though. If you really want to immerse yourself in palace life and get up close and personal with royalty, it’s best to go inside and experience a Buckingham Palace tour.
If you’re staying at the Grand Royal London Hyde Park you’re lucky enough to be very close to Buckingham Palace, leaving you with a lot of time to explore the building and its neighborhood at leisure. From the Grand Royale London Hyde Park you can get to Buckingham Palace via foot – though the walk is around 40 minutes, so it may not be suitable for everyone – or via public transport.
There are multiple tours to choose from. Here are just a few of the highlights you can expect to see during a Buckingham Palace tour.
Out of Buckingham Palace’s 775 rooms, 19 of them are designated state rooms. State rooms are so called because they are where the monarch will entertain guests, such as visiting dignitaries. Each state room boasts beautiful decor and interior design that is truly fit for a Queen.
The Throne Room
What’s a Queen without a throne? Buckingham Palace’s throne room has been the backdrop for a number of royal wedding photos and it is where visitors can see the thrones used for special events.
It will come as no surprise that Buckingham Palace is awash with famous artworks by some of the world’s most renowned artists; paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck are all housed in the palace. Visitors can also check out some of the most famous portraits of royals past and present.
The Grand Staircase
The grand staircase is one of the most impressive parts of Buckingham Palace that can be viewed by the public. It was designed by John Nash in in the early 1800s and is made entirely from bronze, etched into detailed patterns.
Though a tour of Buckingham Palace is most enjoyable for those that have an interest in Britain’s Royal Family, it can also be fun for those who don’t. It’s a great insight into London’s history and highlights the type of life the royals of today are accustomed to.