Buckingham Palace first opened its doors to the public almost 20 years ago. It was originally meant to be a temporary attraction with a four-year run but proved so popular that tours of various parts of the historic building have continued to the present day.
Summer tours of the State Rooms, the gardens and other parts of the Palace are popular with tourists from all over the world, as well as with locals keen to discover more about London and its history.
Buckingham Palace is also offering visitors exclusive tours of the majestic State Rooms this winter, taking place on various dates from 22nd December through to 3rd February, 2013.
Tickets, however, don't come cheap. At £65 a pop, you might expect to have tea with the Queen, but let's be honest – that's not going to happen. At this price, we're assuming the tour will attract die-hard monarchists or, at the very least, fans of fabulous architecture. Is that you?
To soften the blow of parting with what is obviously a decent wedge of cash, ticket holders will be offered a glass of champagne (for that price it should be the size of a flower vase) during the tour, as well as a copy of the Palace's official guidebook and a 20 percent discount on any purchases made in the Palace gift shop.
The special tour, which lasts between two and two-and-a-half hours, introduces visitors to the State Rooms – the parts of Buckingham Palace designed specifically to receive, reward and entertain important visitors from both home and abroad.
Built over 150 years ago, the lavish rooms feature sparkling chandeliers, a selection of glorious artwork, lots of fine furniture, beautiful sculptures and more. The tour, given by an expert guide, will finish at the Grand Entrance, where you'll be served your glass of champagne.
Places are limited to 30 per tour and you can bet they'll fill up quickly. If you're at all interested in grabbing a ticket, best book as soon as you can.
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