Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain's sovereigns since 1837. It evolved from a town house that was owned from the beginning of the eighteenth century by the Dukes of Buckingham. Today it is The Queen's official residence, with 775 rooms. Although in use for the many official events and receptions held by The Queen, areas of Buckingham Palace are opened to visitors on a regular basis. The State Rooms of the Palace are open to visitors during the Annual Summer Opening in August and September. They are lavishly furnished with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection - paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Poussin, Canaletto and Claude; sculpture by Canova and Chantrey; exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain; and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. A special exhibition, 'Royal Fabergé' brings together masterpieces by Carl Fabergé, from Imperial Easter Eggs and dazzling jewel-encrusted boxes to miniature carvings of favourite royal pets. The exhibition reveals how the world’s finest collection of work by the great Russian goldsmith and jeweller has been created by successive generations of the British Royal Family.
26 July - 31 August 2014 Open daily 09:30-19:30 (last admission 17:15) 1- 28 September 2014 Open daily 09:30-18:30 (last admission 16:15) A typical visit lasts between 2 and 2½ hours.
The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace Adult £19.75 Over 60/ Student (with valid ID) £18.00 Under 17 £11.25 Under 5 Free Family £50.75 (2 adults and 3 under 17s) A timed-admission fee of £1.25 per ticket applies.
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Facilities and services
- Gardens open to public
- Wheelchair access to all public areas
- Events and resources for children and families
- Foreign language audio guide available
- General audio-guide available
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