Buckingham Palace, the official residence and administrative home of Britain’s Monarchy, is one of the biggest tourist attractions in all of London, and no trip to the capital is complete without paying it a visit. But which tube station is the best when it comes to getting there?
For those in a hurry to pay the Queen a visit and watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony starting at 10:45am sharp, the closest tube station is the bustling Victoria Underground Station (serviced by the Circle, District, and Victoria lines). From here it’s a short walk of 5 to 10 minutes, past the Royal Mews, to get to the gates of Buckingham Palace.
St. James’s Park & Westminster
If you’re after a more scenic walk, it’s recommended to get the tube to St James’s Park Station (Circle and District lines) or Westminster Underground Station (Circle, District, and Jubilee line). Walking time ranges from about 10 to 15 minutes from either of these stops, but the bonus is that you’ll get to walk through the leafy St James’s Park, where squirrels clamber up trees and birds mill about on the pretty lake.
Hyde Park Corner & Green Park
If you’re coming from either North or West London, the Piccadilly Line stops at Hyde Park Corner and Green Park Underground Stations, both a short walk of about 5 to 10 minutes through Green Park.
Other Transport to Buckingham Palace
Being London, there are a myriad of other ways to get to Buckingham Palace. If you’re coming from South London, Kent, Surrey, or Sussex, a train to Victoria Station is hard to beat when it comes to convenience and proximity to the Palace. Victoria is also serviced by the Gatwick Express, so if you’re coming directly from the airport you can easily make Buckingham Palace first on the list of things to see in the city.
If you’re on the red hop-on hop-off bus touring the most famous landmarks of the city, there’s a stop right out the front of Buckingham Palace. Public buses numbers 11, 211, C1 and C10 all stop at Buckingham Palace Road.
Visiting Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace is only open to the public between July and October, while the Queen is staying at her summer residence in Balmoral, Scotland. Waiting inside on a tour are 19 grand State Rooms, adorned much like a Royal residence should be, with magnificent works of art and opulent furnishings. If your curiosity is piqued and you fancy learning more about one of London’s most popular attractions, you can read our Ultimate Guide to Buckingham Palace.
If visiting outside of these months you can still catch a glimpse inside the Palace at the Royal Mews and the Queen’s Gallery. The former is where the Royals keep their cars and carriages, with different ones used for various occasions, such as weddings or transporting a new Ambassador to England to visit the Queen. The latter is a beautifully and expertly curated (expectedly so) selection of some of the finest art in the Western Hemisphere.
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