Every September, Her Royal Highness goes to Scotland to Balmoral Castle, the 49,000-acre pile that’s been in the royal family since Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought it in 1852. It was torn down and rebuilt in 1856, and today there are six smaller holiday cottages available for rental by us commoners.
What that means to London visitors is that Buckingham Palace is open to the public until the 29th of this month. The two-hour tour involves a half-mile walk through the palace’s state rooms and gardens. You’ll see the queen’s coronation gown, priceless art and furniture, and the throne room.
Your admission price includes an audio tour—it’s about $30 for an adult ticket, less for students and visitors under 17 or over 60.
While you’re there, you’re only a ten-minute stroll to the Churchill War Rooms, the wartime bunker where Churchill and his government orchestrated World War II as London suffered under the Nazi Blitz. It’s a fascinating place to visit, and many first-time visitors to London might not be familiar with the attraction.