Practical Information at the State Rooms, Buckingham Palace

Timing your visit

There is a lot to see and do at Buckingham Palace, so please allow enough time to make the most of your visit.  We suggest between 2 and 2½ hours.

You are advised to wear comfortable shoes, as the visitor route includes a half-mile walk through the left hand side of the garden to the exit. Alternative arrangements can be made for visitors with disabilities on request.

You can visit the State Rooms at your leisure using the complimentary multimedia guide, which lasts approximately 1 hour.

Safety & Security

For safety and security reasons, a one-way system operates along the visitor route.

On arrival, you and your belongings will be subject to airport-style security checks. Please try to bring as little as possible with you as it will help you to get through security screening more quickly.

Some items, such as large items of baggage, backpacks, pushchairs, pen-knives and scissors will have to be checked in and reclaimed at the end of the visit. Please find the full list here.

Your assistance will enable us to move you through the security area as quickly as possible. Please remove all metal objects from your pockets before going through the security arch and pack cameras, phones, keys and wallets in your bag before placing the bag through the security scanner.

You may carry handbags and use pacemakers, hearing aids and other electrical or electronic equipment needed for health reasons. Please approach a Warden if you have any concerns or require assistance.

Smoking, including electronic e-cigarettes is not permitted.

As Buckingham Palace is a working royal palace, security and opening arrangements may be subject to change at short notice.


Eating and drinking are not permitted inside the State Rooms. You will be asked to place drinks and food in closed bags before being admitted to the Palace.

Visitors to the State Rooms may relax in the Garden Café at the end of the tour. Situated on the West Terrace overlooking the Palace’s famous lawn and lake, the Café offers a selection of refreshments, including tea, coffee, juice and a choice of cakes and sandwiches. Please note the Garden Café closes at 17:45.

Photography, filming and mobile phones

Photography, video recording and filming including the use of wearable devices for non-commerical purposes are not permitted inside the State Rooms.

Photography and filming for non-commercial purposes are welcomed in the garden at Buckingham Palace.

In consideration of other visitors, mobile phones must be switched off inside the State Rooms.

Lavatories and baby-care

Lavatories and baby-care facilities are located in the garden at the end of the tour.

Cloakroom facilities

For safety reasons, pushchairs cannot be taken into the State Rooms. They must be checked in and reclaimed at the exit. Baby carriers and hip seats can be borrowed free of charge, subject to availability.

1-Year Pass

At the end of your visit, don’t forget to ask a Warden to stamp your ticket to convert it into a 1-Year Pass by asking us to treat your ticket purchase as a donation. Terms and conditions apply.

Buckingham Palace: Official Souvenir Guide

Buckingham Palace Official Souvenir Guide