The Best Royal Attractions To Visit In London
For many people who visit the city of London, the experience is not only about immersing themselves in the history and culture of the city but also exploring attractions relating to the royal family. Many of those who come to London come from all across the world, and they are fascinated by the British monarchy and, as such keen to visit sites closely linked to the royals. Given all the recent interest in the monarchy since the challenges of Prince Harry and Meghan moving to America, along with the very sad death of Queen Elizabeth II, the Royal Family has been front of mind for the UK for the last couple of years.
London is, of course, home to many sites and places of interest closely linked to the royal family, so visitors interested in the monarchy will certainly not be short of things to see and do while in the city. These sites can often provide a great insight into the history of the monarchy over the centuries.
So, we thought it would be useful for visitors to bring together the best attractions in London to visit if you are in London and a Royalist or are interested in the History of England and the UK. Dont forget, you can get discount tickets to over 80 top London Attractions with the London Pass which you can download to your phone and skip the lines while saving money!
Buckingham Palace has become one of the most well-known sights and attractions in London for tourists and is one of the most iconic and historical landmarks in England. The Queen’s official residence, the Palace is open for visitors in August and September, so you can browse the stunning staterooms and stroll in the gardens. Also, you cannot forget to experience the Changing of the Guard, free at 11:30 am daily in the summer and every other day in the Winter. We recommend a walk along the mall up to the Palace to get a real feel for when large occasions occur so you can place yourself there when you see it on the telly. Dont forget discount tickets for Buckingham Palace are available online but its only open from July through to September.
Now home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, this Palace has been home to several prominent royals over the years. It is also a palace where you can learn more about royals from years gone by, such as Queen Victoria, as well as take in several exhibitions, such as the display of some of Princess Diana’s outfits. One interesting fact about Kensington Palace is that Queen Victoria was born there. It is also situated in the heart of Kensington Gardens, and next to Hyde Park, so you can enjoy a walk around the Gardens as well as to the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain before visiting the Palace and then you could head across to Kensington High Street for some food or shopping.
Windsor Castle has the honour of being the oldest and largest Castle in the world to be occupied in addition to being the favourite residence of the Queen. You can purchase discount Windsor Castle tickets online and explore the state apartments and the chapel where several former monarchs are buried. There are also many displays here, including the world’s best-known doll’s house, Queen Mary’s Doll’s House. It’s not technically in London, but it’s a short train journey from London, with Windsor Central Station being the closest to the Castle you step off the train, and you will see the Castle as soon as you exit the station in front of you! It is also very easy to get from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle if you wish to see both these attractions in a day.
Centuries of rich history make this a worthwhile place to visit during your time in London, as this has been where the coronation for all monarchs has taken place for close to ten centuries. Many royal weddings have also taken place here, including the wedding of the Queen herself when she married Prince Philip along with Prince William and Kate Middleton. More recently, the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was held there on Monday 19th September 2022.
Hampton Court Palace
Going back slightly in history to one of the most discussed Kings, we have the once favourite royal residence of King Henry VIII, Hampton Court Palace. This is the place to visit if you want to find out more about life in Tudor times. You can pay a visit to the famous maze at the Palace and explore the chapel and gardens, some of the most stunning in the world. Located in Richmond upon Thames, you can get a train again from Central London’s Waterloo Station, and the Palace is a 5-minute walk.
With plenty of great ways to learn more about the current monarchy and past royals, you won’t be disappointed with the variety of royal-based attractions in London. Hopefully, you can see why London is such a rich place for people to visit to find out more and see in person the history of the UK and how the monarchy is at the heart of so much to do with the fabric of society.
For some interesting ideas on seeing more places in London and the UK, visit our blog pages where you can find a wealth of information on other great places to visit around some of the great Royal London landmarks.
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Windsor Castle is one of the most popular attractions in the UK. It is often fully booked and will stop selling tickets early in the day. To save disappointment can pre-book your tickets online and get a discount, plus a 24-hour cancellation policy.
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