Buckingham Palace is open to visitors during the summer months.
The multimedia tour is available in nine languages: English, French, German,
Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, and Mandarin (but not Turkish or Cantonese). Tickets for groups of 15 or more will have to be
booked and paid for by the congress organisers at least 30 days in advance, preferably more, to ensure availability. So during the first few months
of 2020 we shall need to get all visits programmed in detail, to be paid for when you first arrive at our congress desk in the hotel. Group prices in
2019 are for the State Rooms Adult £22.50, over 60 or student £20.50, under 17 or disabled £12.60; but for the State Rooms and Gardens
£31.50, £29.50, and £18.80. Expect the 2020 prices to be higher.
For groups the 2019 entry ticket price can be £20 per person (or £16 if you are aged over 60) when bought
in advance or if accompanied by a Blue Badge Guide. There is a multimedia guide available in several languages including Mandarin (but not Cantonese
or Turkish). Maximum group size is 30 people, and the cost for a Turkish-speaking Blue Badge Guide is £200 (2019 price for a half-day)
or £7 per person extra for a group of 30. Perhaps another visit elsewhere will be possible with the same Blue Badge Guide during the half-day.
Tower of London
Hampton Court Palace is not far from Central London. Six tube stops to Waterloo rail station (change to Northern Line at Leicester Square),
then 30 minutes by train (departs every half hour) to Hampton Court station. Five minutes to walk across the River Thames to the palace.
A longer alternative is to take a boat along the Thames.
All-Day Trips by Coach outside London
Please tell us, in the registration form, which, if any, of these trips you may wish to book.
Prices have not yet been worked out for hire of coach and admission fees. These full day coach trips are likely to be on the Tuesday 11th August
(for people who arrive early on that day or before), Saturday 15th (returning, of course, in time for banquet dinner) or the Sunday 16th.
Hatfield House, St Albans, Hertfordshire (25 miles).
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire (65 miles).
For groups the adult 2019 entry price reduces from £27 to £18.50 (or £16.50 if
you are aged over 60). The new audio multimedia guiding system is available in nine languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch,
Mandarin, Japanese, and Russian (but not Turkish, so we are asking Blenheim if it is possible to arrange a guide in Turkish). This visit to Blenheim
may perhaps be combined with a few hours in the city of Oxford. It is for you to tell us what you wish to do.
Waddesdon Manor, (50 miles).
Leeds Castle, Kent (50 miles)