Historic Royal Palaces in and around London
England is paradise for those who love castles and palaces (here at British T.I.P.S., we’re crazy for castles)! With so many fascinating options to choose from, you could spend all your time visiting them. Here are some of our faves in and around London.
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Tower of London
One of the best-preserved fortified buildings in the world. Don’t miss the Crown Jewels, and be sure to say hello to the ravens of the tower (it’s said that, if the ravens ever leave, the tower will fall), the Royal Armouries, and White Tower.
Kew Gardens and Kew Palace
Simply spectacular scenery is what you can expect to find at the verdant Kew Gardens. It’s definitely worth a trip to get away from the city smog, and relax in green surroundings. Visiting the Victorian Palm House and the tree-top walkway are musts, as are the Queen’s Gardens, Orchid and Waterlily Houses.
The Palace is set in the Gardens, and is a magnificent mansion built by a merchant and subsequently occupied by George III.
Official home of Princess Diana of Wales, Kensington Palace has been a royal residence since 1689, and is filled with priceless antiques and art. It also houses a new dress display in the Fashion Rules exhibition to give you a glimpse of the wardobes of HM The Queen, Princess Margaret and Princess Diana.
It is set in tranquil grounds featuring a sunken garden.
Hampton Court Palace
A magnificent Tudor Palace built at Henry VIII’s command. Walk its famous maze, marvel at the spectacular gardens and parklands, and be blown away by the priceless art collections within its walls.
Don’t forget to visit the magnificent Royal Chapel with its carved, gilded ceiling, and elegant 18th Century Queen’s Apartments.
Windsor Castle has been home to British monarchs for over 1000 years. Steeped in fascinating history and set in beautiful parklands, a trip to this royal residence is a must for those interested in history and the monarchy. (below)
It is situated approximately one hour from London.