Historic Royal Palaces: Top 3 Royal Residences to Visit

Get ready to practise those bows and curtseys and mind your Ps & Qs because we’ve lined up a choice of our favourite royal residences for you to visit. Best suits and frocks to the ready!

Throughout the centuries, Britain’s Kings and Queens have built or bought palaces to live, work and rule in. Today, many of these historic buildings are either official royal residences or are private estates owned by The Queen – providing much-loved holiday homes for the royal family - just imagine!

Luckily for us, certain doors are literally open to the general public. So if you fancy a right royal nosey around, we’ve sussed out some real treasures:

Buckingham Palace

Many people think that Buckingham Palace is The Queen’s official residence, but it’s actually the hub that is her administrative headquarters. This is the home of dazzling royal ceremonies, invitation-only garden parties, important state visits and British honour awards to name a few.

Where can I go?

  • The Queen’s Gallery
  • The Royal Mews
  • The State Rooms

What can I see?

  • High Spirits: The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson (13th November – 14th February)
  • The Diamond Jubilee Stage Coach
  • 19 magnificent State Rooms
  • Treasures from the Royal Collection (including painting by Rembrandt and Rubens)
  • Finest English and French furniture

How much does it cost?

  • £32.50 for an over 60s ticket to all three attractions

Where can I find out more?

  • Click here for more information, full admission prices and directions.

 

Windsor Castle

Home to the British Royal Family as far back as Henry I (1110 – 1135), this is oldest and largest inhabited castle, not only in the UK but in the world. In other words, Windsor Castle is a must see. As one of the Queen’s official residences, her Majesty will be at Windsor from March to April for the Easter period but also for a week each June whist she attends Royal Ascot.

Where can I go?

  • The Castle
  • St George’s Chapel
  • The Great Kitchen
  • The State Apartments

What can I see?

  • Waterloo at Windsor – an exhibition celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo (ends 6th January 2016)
  • Queen Mary’s Doll’s House
  • Changing the Guard – 11:00 Monday to Saturday, April to July, and on alternate days for the remainder of the year

How much does it cost?

  • £17.50 standard admission for over 60s or £19.20 for an adult ticket

Where can I find out more?

  • Click here for more information, full admission prices and directions.

 

Balmoral Castle & Estate

Queen Victoria described the Balmoral Estate as her “dear paradise in the Highlands” and what a paradise it is. Nestled in the highlands of Aberdeenshire, the Royal Family visit every summer. Thought to be home to over 2,000 red deer, the grounds arrange ‘safari tours’ of the estate and the surrounding Caledonian Pine Forrest where the deer, birds of prey, grouse and wild salmon are common sights – as well as the stunning scenery.

Where can I go?

  • The Garden Cottage
  • The Castle Ballroom

What can I see?

How much does it cost?

  • £11.00 for seniors or £12.00 for adults

Where can I find out more?

  • Click here for more information, full admission prices and directions.

 

One last tip!

If you’re ever lucky enough to meet The Queen…the correct formal address is ‘Your Majesty’ and then ‘Ma’am’ - to rhyme with ‘jam’!

 


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