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“Informative English Tour of Norwegian Royal Palace”
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The Royal Palace
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Owner description: The Royal Palace is situated on a rise at one end of Oslo’s main thoroughfare, Karl Johans gate. It was officially taken into use on 26 July 1849 by King Oscar I.The Royal Palace is open to the public during the summer season. Visitors follow a guided tour through the most important rooms of the Palace. There is usually also a special exhibition each year, as part of the tour. Tickets are available at Billettservice.no and at the entrance.The main changing of the guard takes place every day at 1.30 PM.The Royal Palace is where the daily work of the monarchy is conducted and where the King and Queen live. It is where the King presides over the Council of State, grants audiences and holds official dinners. Foreign heads of state who visit Oslo stay at the Palace. Most of the members of the Royal Court have their workplace here.
Reviewed August 10, 2012

We bought tickets for the english tour at a 7-11 store the day before, though I had read some reviews advising to buy tickets ahead of time in the summer (I had trouble with this so luckily there was room for us on the tour). I was pleased to learn about the royal family and history of the palace. The palace itself is impressive, the tour guides very friendly and open to questions. I enjoyed seeing the photograph display of various royal families inside. Prior to the tour, after passing through the guarded, locked gate - you have to put all your belongings (purses, cameras, etc) into a locker. There were a few disgruntled people not wanting to leave behind their valuables (understandably) - it would have worked much smoother if there would have been a note on your tour ticket so it wouldn't have been such a surprise! Tour lasts about an hour.

5  Thank FunintheSun111
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

We took a tour of the Royal Palace (3 english tours per day) and are so glad we did. We learned a great deal about the history of the palace as well as the family itself. The palace is really lovely - not overdone but very elegant. The guide was well informed and very personable. You cannot take any pictures or bring your bags in with you - they provide lockers. You also have to wear covers over your shoes - understandable since you are walking through someone's home (really big home that is). We had the concierge at our hotel help us with tickets as they were not as easy to get as we were led to believe. Once we had our confirmation number we were able to get our tickets printed at the local Narvesen (Europe's 7-11) and off we went. We arrived at the palace at 1:30 for the changing of the guard and then walked around back for our 2:00 tour with plenty of time.

4  Thank kvelicer
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Reviewed August 2, 2012

We were lucky enough to be able to get tickets for an English tour. The guide spoke beautiful English and gave just enough history, art and cultural information to make it interesting and to whet the appetite to find out more. There was a secondary guide who was happy to answer questions and when our grandson got a bit noisy, at our request she summoned another guide to show my son how to escape so that we did not spoil others enjoyment. This is a lived in palace with superb artwork and in excellent condition. We thoroughly enjoyed this visit

3  Thank Valerie H
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Reviewed July 28, 2012 via mobile

An verry enjoyable and interesting tour, can recommend this tour to everyone. One downside is that you have to by ticket in advance (look up the tour at visitnorway.no for more information), and can't purchase them at the castle.

1  Thank Jonas K
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

I love the idea that they don't make too much fuss about security ... The best view is from the place down the road n also from the other end look up to the palace ....

1  Thank Sofiarego
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