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“Interesting tour; nice grounds; changing of the guard not worth it”
Review of The Royal Palace

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 12, 2013

As others have said, you can get tickets in advance, which is advisable in the summer. I went on a July weekday afternoon without a ticket, but waited in line for a few minutes and was able to easily get into the English tour at 2pm. Your hotel concierge can also help you get tickets if that is an easier option.

The tour lasts about 45 minutes and is focused on the family and the history of the monarchy. I was a bit more interested in the furnishings and architecture, but the tour guide didn't really focus on that. It was okay though, as I just spent a few minutes afterwards with the guide, who could answer most of the questions in those areas.

As others have said, there is a lot of construction both on the grounds and inside the palace. It's still enjoyable though.

A lot of folks seemed to be really excited for the 1:30 pm changing of the guard, but I wouldn't recommend scheduling your time around this. It's pretty basic, and anyone who has seen the changing of the guards at most other European palaces would likely be disappointed. It's possible the construction has altered their regular routine.

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Reviewed August 10, 2013

My wife and I recently visited the Royal Palace. Entrance is by guided tour only. Tours are available and Norwegian and English and the tour guides are very informative. Not only do you get to see the beautiful palace but you get a great history lesson, as well. Be sure to buy your tickets in advance online or at a local post office or 7 Eleven, or Narvesen via Billetservice.no (ticketmaster).

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Reviewed August 8, 2013

Buy your ticket before your tour of the palace - not all 711's sell these! The history lesson is valuable. Well kept - currently repairs in progress - follow this with visit to the Parliament (free) and City Hall (free).

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Reviewed August 7, 2013

You can buy your tickets online or buy them at 7 Eleven right across the street from the palace.
Only guided tours are given on certain times. English tours are at certain times as well. The costs is $90 Nok.
You have to wear covers on your feet and put all your belongings in a locker.
The palace is a residence so when the residents are home they may not give tours.

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Reviewed August 1, 2013

We visited the Royal Palace in Oslo in July and greatly enjoyed it. Visitors can only see the interior of the palace by guided tour, so we purchased tickets online in advance for one of the English tours given by palace staff. Tickets can be purchased at the palace if spaces are available, but the groups are limited and tours sell out. Since we would be in Oslo only for one day on a Baltic cruise, we wanted to be sure we'd be able to tour the palace by having tickets in hand. The palace did not disappoint. Still used as an official residence by the Norwegian royal family, the palace is at once grand and intimate. Though the Oslo palace is built on a smaller scale than many royal residences, like Britain's Buckingham Palace, the rooms and other public spaces shown on the Oslo tour are every bit as splendid as those found in other European palaces. Interior photography is not permitted -- in fact, cameras have to be left in a locker (to which you keep the key!) -- but a beautifully illustrated guide book is available in English. Photography is, of course, permitted outside, on the beautiful palace grounds, but be forewarned that the area in front of the palace is torn up, in mid-restoration as of summer 2013.

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