London: Buckingham palace opens its doors for the season

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The changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

Visit the British Queen's residence on the Royal Day Out ticket, now available for visits through October.

Buckingham Palace is one of the last remaining working Royal Palaces in the world. It's been the official home of British kings and queens since 1837 and is stuffed with treasures acquired at the height of Britain's imperial power.

The palace is only open to visitors in the summer. Since July 27th the special "Royal Day Out" ticket has been available, giving access to the State Rooms (where the Queen greets foreign presidents and dignitaries and throws lavish banquets), the Royal Mews (the Queen's stables which houses the magnificent royal carriages) and The Queen's Gallery (currently showcasing paintings and works of art from Queen Victoria's personal collection.) Other of the furnished rooms visited on this ticket are hung with paintings by Europe's finest artists, including Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Poussin, Canaletto, and Claude.

Royal Day Out ticket prices are as follows: $47.50 (adult), $43 (Over 60s and students with photo ID) and $27 (Children under 17). A family ticket (2 adults, 3 under 17s) costs $124. Children under 5 enter for free. From the 27th July the palace is open daily, 9 to 5:30 (last admission 4:30). Tickets are available at the palace door. For more information see or phone (011-44) 20-7766-7301.


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