Too late to book a trip to Buckingham Palace? Here’s how you can still visit

A Virtual Tour Live is steaming a tour of the residence of the United Kingdom monarchs

With the holidays effectively over, many people have returned to work full time and vacations are largely behind them until later in the year.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t travel overseas from the comfort of your own home — and you don’t have to pay a penny for it.

A Virtual Tour Live is streaming a tour of Buckingham Palace Friday, Jan. 15. For two and a half hours, you can explore the history and majesty of the centuries-old palace.

“Our guide will take us on a virtual experience of the history and tour of Buckingham Palace,” the Facebook event description read. “We will begin with a historical perspective on the creation of the palace and its place in the world since the 18th Century. We will then ‘go inside’ and learn about the rooms and artwork located within its royal walls including the State Rooms (used for receiving guests and functions), the amazing grand staircase, the throne room, and many more. We will learn about some of the art within its walls, including those [by] Rembrandt, Canaletto and more!”

Advanced registration is open now. All you have to do is sign up here.

Buckingham Palace was constructed in 1703 after the first Duke of Buckingham, John Sheffield, tore down an existing dwelling in Westminster and built a new one at the site for him to reside, Mental Floss reported. King George III bought Buckingham House in 1761 as a private home for his wife and children. Queen Victoria made Buckingham House her official residence once she ascended to the throne in 1837.

Today, the palace is Queen Elizabeth II’s official London residence and a working royal palace. It has 775 rooms including 52 royal and guest bedrooms and 78 bathrooms.

A Virtual Tour of Buckingham Palace

7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 15