Buckingham Palace Accessibility
The Queen’s home is only open in August while she stays in her other palaces so take advantage of it if you’re there at the right time. The Palace provides a golf cart pulling a trailer with a ramp to get wheelchair users past the gravel driveway. The carpet is really thick otherwise this would get a 4 Star Sage Accessibility. The step-free entrance is from the front of the building (North corner), not the side of the building where the main entrance is.
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The Changing of the Guards happens out front roughly every other day. The ceremony can be quite crowded so consider going to the significantly less crowded preparation of the guards before and after at the nearby Wellington Barracks.
Is there an accessible entrance? Yes. The main entrance is south of the palace on Buckingham Palace Road (aka Birdcage Walk) but has 6 steps up and 3 steps down. The step-free access is through the front gate which is on the north east corner (on the right when you are facing the front gate).
Is the door push/pull, revolving, automated by a button, or motion activated? There is a staff member at the door.
Where is the closest place that cars/taxis can drop-off people? Cars can park inside gate with reservation. Taxi can drop off outside the gate.
What are the nearby tube stations? Victoria
What bus lines pass nearby? Routes 11, 211, C1 and C10 stop on Buckingham Palace Road.
Where is the closest disabled parking? Inside front gate, call to reserve spot
Are there cobblestones or hills leading to the entrance? There is gravel in the front and central courtyard, but a golf cart pulling trailer with ramp will bring wheelchair users or other disabled people over the gravel to the entrance.
What percentage of the attraction can be viewed without having to go up steps? 100% but the carpet inside the palace is thick
Which parts are not accessible? None
Are there loaner wheelchairs? Yes
Is there an accessible bathroom? Yes
Is the door wide enough for a wheelchair? Yes
Are there grab bars? Yes
Is there a space to position a wheelchair next to the toilet? Yes
Are there guided tours that don’t have to go up steps? No guided tours, but an audioguide is available
Does advance notice need to be given for…
…handicapped parking? Yes
…opening of an accessible entrance? Yes, call to give them your name so you can be let in the front gate
…loaner wheelchairs? No
…accessible tours? No guided tours
Is there a discount for someone with a disability and/or their companion? Free for companion of a disabled person
Opening Hours: Open Aug-Sept only, 9:45-18:00
How many hours do most able-bodied tourists spend there on their first visit? 90 minutes
Address: 15 Beeston Place, SW1W 0 London, Westminster, UK
Telephone: +44 (0)207 321 2233
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