Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle Day Trip from London

Greater London, United Kingdom

From USD 148.07

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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 Travellers 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.

What's Included

  • Windsor Castle
  • The State Rooms at Buckingham Palace
  • Local guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel pick-up & drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Victoria Coach
    London SW1W 9RH, UK

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

Start time

07:45 am

End point

  • Buckingham Palace Road
    Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1, UK

What To Expect

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.

Buckingham Palace

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Windsor Castle

3 hours Admission Ticket Included

St. George's Chapel

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Harrods (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • 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
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Audio guide is available for Buckingham Palace visit.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travellers

Cancellation Policy

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 travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Our Guide Dereck was very good at giving us the details of the day as far as timing. He was very knowledgeable as well.


165 reviews
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Palace and Castle...
Richard_G, Sept 2022
Palace and Castle Advertised as being able to visit Harrods after the Palace as part of the tour. Bus and tour guide dropped us off and left us at the Palace to find our own way home.
Was amazing
Eva_D, Sept 2022
Was amazing! I would recommend it again. We weren’t rushed, and our guide was very knowledgeable. Westminster abbey was our favorite
Tour guide was excellent ...
Freddie_W, Aug 2022
Tour guide was excellent Windsor was beautiful. Buckingham was just ok. I understand why you can’t take pictures but it does take away from the experience
Windsor and Buckingham Palace
Lori_Y, Aug 2022
Seeing Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace was wonderful and most likely the best way to see them is with a tour. The tour guide on the other hand was not what we are used to with Viator. She had a matter of fact attitude, like we had been to these places before and would know our way around and she was somewhat dismissive with answering questions.
Not impressed!
Danielle_B, Aug 2022
Tour was not worth the money. Skip this tour and make arrangements on your own. The guide did not walk you through just provided a ride to both places. Taking the train would have avoided the traffic we were stuck in. Took more time then it should have to see these two places. Not impressed!
Good and bad
Duane_B, Aug 2022
Did not like being left on our own after Buckingham Palace. The castle tour was great! Transportation was fine.
Perfect Day
Selyna_T, Aug 2022
Our guide Steve was amazing and full of knowledge. Gave us plenty of time to really enjoy each location
Great tour and guide !
Hamid_B, July 2022
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable aNd funny and took us to see other area aRound Windsor Castle to avoid us standing in the line to get in to castle which was nice specially the River and little quint village near by while the other tours we’re waiting in line to get in for an hour or two we had great time !
Wonderful Day
David_L, July 2022
Wonderful trip. We had plenty of time to see Windsor Castle before going to Buckingham Palace. Guide was entertaining, knowledgable and entertaining.
Amazing Tour
Elisa_B, July 2022
Windsor Castle was a sight to see. Watching the changing of the guard was a highlight of the visit. We were able to stroll thru the town of Windsor which was an added bonus to the tour. Buckingham Palace was very regal. You could feel the history as you walk the halls that royalty and other dignitaries had walked. Both tours were great and our tour guide was fantastic as well.
Trip to the Queen's residences was excellent
Reid_R, Sept 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.
Igor Volynski
Igor V, Sept 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.
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..
Day trip to Windsor and Buckingham
lambdins, July 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...
Stunned at the beauty
Narelle_M, July 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.
Little Difficult
Frances_B, July 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.
Buckingham Palace
Rossana_R, Sept 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!!!!
Adorable Windsor
11debim, Sept 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..
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.
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.

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