Buckingham Palace & London
Buckingham Palace had been the official residence of the British Monarch since 1837, when Queen Victoria made the newly renovated palace her home.
This tour is your chance to see inside this wonderful working Palace, and discover the secrets of the world’s most famous Royal residence! You’ll visit the State Rooms and see the gilded ceilings and glittering chandeliers! And don’t forget to indulge in a little treat at the tea-room which opens specially for visitors every year!
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
After a morning departure from your local pick-up point, you’ll head to London, arriving early afternoon. The remainder of the day is at lesiure.
You’ll have the entire day at leisure to explore London; why not take in some of the biggest attractions like Madame Tussauds, or head to the Natural History Museum and walk with Dinosaurs? Take a trip down the Thames or see the skyline from the London Eye? Maybe indulge in a little shopping, and see Harrods and Camden Market, or for something a little quieter, why not head to Hyde Park and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the open spaces?
After a leisurely breakfast you’ll start your Royal day out! You’ll have access to the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, where you’ll be able to see the ceremonial thrones as well as the state banquet hall!
Copthorne Tara kensington 4*
History of Buckingham Palace
The site has an interesting and somewhat convoluted history spanning centuries – the land was originally owned by William the Conqueror, but was sold off and went through many landlords before being purchased by Henry VIII. James I sold part of the site when he needed funds for his rather extravagant lifestyle, and used the rest of the land to establish a Mulberry garden for the production of silk.
The name Buckingham Palace comes from the 18th century; the house which forms the architectural core of the Palace was built for John Sheffield, Duke of Buckingham and Normanby in 1703. The house was eventually sold by the Duke’s illegitimate son to George III for the sum of £21,000 (£3,264,000 in today’s money).
It was George IV who first decided to re-design the house as a Palace, but rising costs and delays meant that he wouldn’t live to see the Palace completed. It would remain unfinished until the reign of Queen Victoria, who moved into the Palace shortly after her coronation; it was quite a change from her childhood home in Kensington Palace! But if you were to travel back in time, you wouldn’t have recognised it – the famous balcony and façade was added later, and the interior in Victoria’s time was a riot of colour!
- Return coach travel
- 2 nights at the 4* Copthorne with breakfast
- Leisure time in London
- Admission to Buckingham Palace
Child (12 years and under) prices are based on sharing with two full fare paying passengers. Therefore, if one adult and one child share a room the child will pay the adult price.
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