The King’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Explore some of London's best art exhibitions from the Royal Collection in The King’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace.

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The King’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

What you'll do

Enjoy access to The King’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace with The London Pass® 

  • Pay nothing at the door – simply show your pass
  • Explore the current exhibition from the Royal Collection
  • Experience incredible pieces of art

Step into the King’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace and embark on a captivating journey through centuries of art and history. Nestled adjacent to the iconic palace, the King’s Gallery showcases changing exhibitions from the esteemed Royal Collection, one of the world's largest and most important art collections.  Delve into the rich royal heritage as you explore masterpieces spanning various mediums, from paintings to sculptures, and immerse yourself in the stories they tell. 

Originally a private chapel for Queen Victoria, the gallery was transformed into an art space following its destruction in an air raid in 1940. Since then, it has stood as a beacon of cultural enrichment, offering visitors a unique opportunity to engage with unparalleled artistic treasures. 

Whether you're an art enthusiast, a history buff, or simply seeking a memorable experience in the heart of London, a visit to the King’s Gallery promises to inspire and delight.

Current exhibition: Royal Portraits: A Century of Photography (17th May to 6th October)

Travel through the lens of history with the current in this immersive showcase charting the evolution of royal portrait photography from the 1920s to the present day. Step into a world where photographic prints, proofs, and documents from the Royal Collection and the Royal Archives come together to illuminate the intimate connections between royal sitters and celebrated photographers.

With over 150 works on display, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the masterpieces of renowned photographers such as Cecil Beaton, Dorothy Wilding, Annie Leibovitz, and Rankin. From iconic formal portraits to candid snapshots, each image offers a glimpse into the lives and personalities of members of the Royal Family throughout the decades.

Know before you go

Getting in: present your pass at the admissions desk, inside the main entrance. Once your pass has been validated, you will be issued a separate ticket before passing through airport-style security to the Gallery.

Please note: The King's Gallery operates on a pre-booked, timed ticketing basis. Go City customers are able to enter without having to book tickets in advance but are advised that admission is strictly subject to availability. You will be allocated the next available time-slot upon presentation of your pass at the admissions desk.

Eating and drinking aren't allowed inside The King's Gallery. However, you'll find plenty of cafés and restaurants nearby.  The King's Gallery three large exhibition rooms and a number of smaller spaces that are fully accessible - download the floorplan here. For detailed access information and access events, please check the official site.

Where you'll be

Operating hours

17 May to 10 July 
Thursday to Monday: 10AM to 5.30PM (last admission 4.15PM)

11 July to 31 August 
Daily: 10AM to 5.30PM (last admission 4.15PM)

01 September to 06 October 
Thursday to Monday: 10AM to 5.30PM (last admission 4.15PM)

The King’s Gallery is part of a royal working palace, so sometimes closures can happen at short notice. We will endeavour to note them here but for the most up-to-date opening hours, please visit the King's Gallery website.



Closings & holidays

15 April to 16 May 2024
7 to 31 October 2024
25 December annually

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