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Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle Day Trip from London

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icon8 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Visit two of England's grandest royal residences on this day trip to Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. Traveling from London by air-conditioned coach, enjoy an audio-guided tour of the magnificent State Rooms and treasures of Buckingham Palace, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s main London residence. Then head for Windsor Castle in Windsor. Explore her majesty's royal palace, and enjoy a visit to St George’s Chapel. Depending on the day, view the Changing of the Guard. Finish off your tour with a stop at the famous Harrod's on your return to London.
  • Visit two of England's royal residences in one day
  • Walk through the grounds of Windsor Castle, which has more than 900 years of royal history
  • Take an audio tour at Buckingham Palace to learn about its role in the British monarchy
  • Round-trip transportation included for an added convenience

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Two royal residences in one day! Both Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle have ornately furnished rooms and priceless artifacts. The visit to Buckingham Palace is a special treat, as it's only open certain times of the year and you get to explore it on your own.
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Windsor Castle
The State Rooms at Buckingham Palace
Local guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Hotel pick-up & drop-off
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Victoria Coach , London SW1W 9TN, UK

Located a 7-minute-walk from Victoria Underground Station. Tour departs at 7.45am (Boarding starts at 7:30am)

7:45 AM
Buckingham Palace Road , Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W, UK
After early morning pickup from central London, travel by air-conditioned coach to Buckingham Palace, the working headquarters of Queen Elizabeth. 

Head inside and take an independent audio tour of the opulent State Rooms, used by the royal family to receive guests on state and public occasions. Learn about the history of the richly gilded rooms as you view the exquisite furnishings and some of the treasures of the Royal Collection that include paintings by Canaletto and Van Dyck, porcelain and other finery.

From Buckingham Palace, head to Windsor Castle. As you travel, hear how this vast fortress-palace is the world’s oldest occupied castle. Originally built by William the Conqueror in 1070, it boasts a long history as a royal residence, and is used today by Queen Elizabeth II as a weekend home and for state occasions.

On arrival, be one of the first to head inside, and explore independently. Walk around the grounds and the State Apartments, with their lavishly furnished chambers and halls, and marvel at stunning St George’s Chapel, the burial place of 10 sovereigns, including Henry VIII.

While in Windsor, take advantage of the opportunity to see St. George's Chapel. This beautiful chapel, the place of worship for the queen and the royal family, saw the much-celebrated wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018.

Your trip concludes back in London at the famous Harrod's Department Store, leaving you free to continue your London sightseeing or return to your hotel as you wish.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Buckingham Palace
Visit the London residence of her majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Windsor Castle
Visit her majesty's Royal pacce at Windsor and St George's chapel site of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. George's Chapel
Visit the beautiful chapel which saw the most celebrated wedding of 2018 between Prince harry and Meghan Markle
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Harrods
See the largest department store in Europe owned by the state of Qatar
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please note that due to palace/castle restrictions, the guide will not accompany you inside the State Apartments
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Audio guide is available for Buckingham Palace visit.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Premium Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle Day Trip from London?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle Day Trip from London.

Traveler Tips


  • "Highly recommend you use a guided tour - it's worth the fast entry, especially during the busy tourist season in London." See review
  • "Once you arrive you are told that photography is not allowed in both the castle and the palace." See review
  • "This trip is only provide bus to Windsor and back to Buckingham palace." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Trip to the Queen's residences was excellent
Reid_R
, Sep 2019
We had a great local guide - Cliff! He took great care of us from the moment we boarded our coach for Windsor. We left around 8 am for the drive, and returned to London in the early afternoon where we skipped the lines and toured Buckingham Palace. Highly recommend you use a guided tour - it's worth the fast entry, especially during the busy tourist season in London.
star-4
Igor Volynski
Igor V
, Sep 2019
This trip is only provide bus to Windsor and back to Buckingham palace. Both places have audio tours. So, there is no point to use this tour.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
fun trip
Kenneth M
, Aug 2019
The guide was sooo funny. We had time to see both places, though when you put these two big attractions together, you may not do either one of the full justice, but it worked out ok with the time, just enough..
star-3
Day trip to Windsor and Buckingham
lambdins
, Jul 2019
Hope you enjoy standing in line. Stand in line at the Victoria bus station with numerous other day trips. This a day trip not a tour. This service will deliver you to Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace but that is it. So you start at the bus station waiting in line for your trip to be called. Then they will take you to your destination and another line and then finally another line for security. This isn't the fault of the day trip company. But to be honest I'm sick of crowds and lines. Once you arrive you are told that photography is not allowed in both the castle and the palace. SUCKS! So you are paying just to walk through and listen to a recording. Any memories you'd like to record, forget it. You'll have to buy the book. Then the airconditioning went out on our bus. Record heat. I know stuff happens so I'm not giving the company a single star. When leaving we did buy a book. So we could have some memory of what we had experienced. Left us thinking we should have just bought the book/DVD and skipped the whole thing. But there is something to seeing something first hand...
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Stunned at the beauty
Narelle_M
, Jul 2019
Loved the tour, I didn’t realise the amount of people who would be at Windsor and out guide and driver got us there nice and early so we could take full advantage of the morning. I’m glad we only booked the Windsor and buckingham palace, anything else would have been too much for 1 day.
star-3
Little Difficult
Frances_B
, Jul 2019
We arrived at Victoria Station and had no idea where to meet. Guess we were expecting someone out in front with a sign or at least a person directing us. Had to ask a competing tour company if they had any idea where were meeting. When we got to Windsor Castle we got off the bus and were sorta turned loose. I knew it was self guides but guess we were expecting the guide to at least follow us to get our hearing pieces, which were very hard to work and follow. Buckingham Palace was much better all the way around.
star-1
Buckingham Palace
Rossana_R
, Sep 2018
This is the greatest scam of all. First, it is a long line to get in. You are not allowed to take pictures. I expected to find memorabilia of the Royal Family, e.g., pictures when they were young, rooms they used, toys, clothes, etc. It's like being conned into going to an art museum that does not even have any original masterpiece to show. The art pieces are from Prince Charles' collection of unknown artists that he supports. For the love of God and all that is Holy, people, do not go inside. You might as well go to the Louvre, Brisitish Museum, Prada in Spain, the Duomo in Florence or the Vatican for that matter!!!!
star-4
Adorable Windsor
11debim
, Sep 2018
Such a quaint town and a beautiful castle! I can see why the queen thinks of it as her Home. Much more of personal feel than Buckingham Palace. And the grounds are gorgeous!Loved it a lot more than Buckingham palace..
star-3
ok
Linda_H
, Aug 2018
It was an easy way to see the two places but it was more just a bus ride, the guide was ok but did not add much to the experience.
star-5
buckingham palace
Diane_B
, Aug 2018
Our Guide Dereck was very good at giving us the details of the day as far as timing. He was very knowledgeable as well.
star-4
fun full day
Susan_R
, Aug 2018
James, our tour guide made the bus trip to Windsor worthwhile, otherwise slightly boring, Buckingham Palace was an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience.
star-5
Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle Tour
davidlockwood
, Aug 2018
Our tour guide was excellent. The only downside was the initial group boarding process with all the tours departing from the same area at Victoria Station at the same time. Also please have the tour guide mention to people touring Buckingham Palace that there are no restroom facilities until the very end of the tour.
star-4
Too much for 1 tour
Joshua O
, Jul 2018
So the first thing to mention is to avoid this tour during late summer months when temperatures get too hot. Both Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace have few places with ac so it gets hot. The places themselves are pretty awesome. We saw Windsor Castle first. We met at the bus terminal which was pretty chaotic but they got everyone on the buses. We had a double decker bus and it was fun to sit on the top on our way out and back to the castle. We booked through viator but the actual tour is through premium tours. Our guide had a lot of cool information on the trip in the bus. It should be noted that in Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace they dont allow guided tours. This means the tour guide gets you in, then you take a self guided audio tour. It's pretty easy to operate if you're tech savvy but my mother struggled to get the audio guide to work for her and eventually gave up. Also note that once you get into Windsor Castle it's about time for the changing of the guards. If you want to watch that you wont have time for the audio portion of the self guided tour. You get into the Castle about 1030, the changing of the guard is at 11-1130, the audio tour takes about an hour and a half and you have have to be back at the bus by 1. There are many other things to look at in Windsor as well including a chapel. I would suggest packing a small lunch to eat on the bus ride from Windsor to Buckingham Palace to avoid having to stop for lunch. Your tour ends at Buckingham Palace once your guide gets you in. Again its audio tours through the Palace but this time you can go at your own pace.
star-5
This was truly the highlight of my grad...
Luisana_S
, Jan 2018
This was truly the highlight of my grad trip, thank you!
star-3
Great opulent castles. But kinda...
Jose_M
, Oct 2017
Great opulent castles. But kinda crowded and un-guided. Oh, and no pictures allowed inside!!!
star-5
With my love of all things Royal...
Paul_W
, Oct 2017
With my love of all things Royal imagine my delight when I discovered that Buckingham Palace was to be open whilst we were in the UK and that it was doubled up with Windsor was just the icing on the cake. Nothing I can say will convey the absolute brilliance of walking through the oldest inhabited Royal Palace in the world or the main London residence of Her Majesty. Windsor was incredible and to try and describe it would be pointless but I will say that the ice cream there was the best I have ever had. Similarly Buckingham Palace is simply breathtaking my only disappointment was that you couldn't take photos inside, which is understandable, but even that couldn't dampen the absolute thrill I got from being there. If you get the chance to see both then don't miss it. Bath in the glory of two of the most beautiful palaces/castles in the world.
star-4
Loved Windsor Palace and the town...
Susan K
, Sep 2017
Loved Windsor Palace and the town. Buckingham Palace was amazing and very happy to be in London when the Queen wasn't! My only criticism of this tour was the lack of communication by the tour guides. We were told to be at the bus by 12:30pm after visiting Windsor Castle. Therefore, most of us took precious time to eat lunch because we knew Buckingham would be next. When we arrived at Buckingham, the guide said we had 1 hour to eat lunch before our tour. That was 1 hour we could have used at Windsor Castle instead of eating. We were not able to finish seeing Windsor Castle and that was extremely disturbing. In addition, the guide took us to Buckingham, gave us our tickets, and left. She never said that we were on our own after that. Of course, we figured it out but customer service was lacking on this particular tour.
star-5
Excellent! Perfect opportunity to...
William F
, Sep 2017
Excellent! Perfect opportunity to view and tour both palaces.
star-4
The tour was good but for the...
Michelle_N
, Sep 2017
The tour was good but for the Windsor Castle we had to do a big line to enter, even if advised in the description of the tour that you will skip the lines. The Buckingham Palace was great.
star-3
Loved both Buckingham and Windsor...
Jaimie_J
, Sep 2017
Loved both Buckingham and Windsor! The tour guide was average-a little scatterbrained.

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