Celebrate Christmas with an Exclusive Tour of The Queen’s official residences

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Buckingham Palace re-opens its doors this Christmas for Exclusive Tours of its magnificent State Rooms.  Visitors will also have the opportunity to go ‘behind the ropes’ at Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, on selected dates in December and January.

These intimate tours take place out of public opening hours and are limited to groups of 30, offering a special insight into the history and use of the royal residences.  An expert guide will lead visitors through the historic State Rooms and Apartments, from the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace, the setting for the official Royal Wedding photographs; to the biggest room in Windsor Castle – St George’s Hall – which is more than 55m long; and Charles II’s bedchamber, at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.  The residences are furnished with outstanding works of art from the Royal Collection, including Brussels tapestries, Sèvres, and paintings by Van Dyck and Canaletto.

Christmas trees will be displayed throughout the official residences.  Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria, is credited with popularising tree decorations, and baubles in the shape of a crown, designed exclusively for the Royal Collection, will decorate the royal trees.  These can be purchased from Royal Collection shops and online, along with a host of other unique gifts.

All tours will include a copy of the official residence guidebook, a glass of champagne and 20% discount in the Royal Collection shop.

Buckingham Palace

The cost per person is £65.00.  The tour lasts approximately two hours and takes place in the afternoon and evening on selected dates from 27 December to 29 January.  Tickets must be pre-booked. 

These tours are now fully booked.

Windsor Castle

The cost per person is £55.00.  The tour lasts approximately two-and-a-half hours and takes place between 18:00 and 20:30 on selected dates in December. Tickets must be pre-booked.

Palace of Holyroodhouse

The cost per person is £30.00.  The tours take place on selected dates during December, starting at 18:30 and lasting for approximately two hours. Tickets must be pre-booked.