Top 7 Things to see about British Royalty
by Nina Christopoulou
One of the most well-known facts about Britain, is that it has a strong hold to the British Royal Family. So it makes sense that royal attractions are some of the most popular tourist destinations in the British capital… Whether you are planning a tourist tour for your friends that are visiting and want to learn more about London, or would like to discover London for yourself, this list of royal attractions is definitely a must!
1. Buckingham Palace (duh!)
Ok, so we did not kick off the list with something original, but it wasn’t possible to place any other spot on Number 1! Buckingham Palace is THE most famous royal attraction, perhaps in the whole of Britain, and for good reason. If you were paying attention to our summer guides, you already know that the palace opened its doors from July until the end of September, so visitors could roam through the royal halls and gardens. But even if the Palace is closed to the public, a selfie in front of it or even the Change of Guard ceremony should definitely be on your bucket list!
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2. Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace is one to put at the top of your “London Attractions” list… The Palace was the former residence of many royals, among which was also Diana Princess of Wales. It is currently open to the public so you can walk through its majestic interior, explore the royal gardens and enjoy the numerous exhibitions that it hosts. Currently, Kensington Palace hosts both “Victoria Revealed” and “Diana: Her Fashion Story”, unraveling the stories behind two of the most emblematic royal figures.
3. Windsor Castle
This one is a short commute from London, yet worth the time. The largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, Windsor Castle is also the Queen’s favorite residence. For an insider’s tip: Don’t miss out on St. George’s Chapel which is the burial ground of 10 monarchs!
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4. Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace is an incredible addition to your sightseeing list, but it does require an entire day (perhaps two, depending on how thorough you would like to be!). It boasts an extraordinary interior, but it is mostly known for its enchanting gardens, and the Hampton Court Maze. Definitely a must-see!
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5. Tower of London
The Tower of London is quite central, and quite something… The reason being is that it is not merely an incredible structure, but it also hosts the Crown Jewels! Prepare to be mesmerised by the collection, while roaming around a former prison, zoo, armoury and royal palace! Currently, it’s a World Heritage Site and a visit will make you understand the reason why (although, be warned: ticket prices are quite steep for this one).
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6. Westminster Abbey
It’s highly unlikely that you haven’t heard of this one. Westminster Abbey has a longstanding history, spanning over 1000 years of royal coronations and weddings! If the name rings a bell but you don’t know where from, then we should probably inform you that it was the wedding setting of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The coronation of every English monarch from 1066 has taken place in Westminster Abbey, and it is also located opposite the Houses of Parliament, so there’s a lot of things to explore around Westminster!
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7. Somerset House
The hub of a great number of cultural events, Somerset House is located just off Waterloo bridge. The Strand was the area where plenty of aristocrats resided and Somerset House was the central Tudor Palace among them. Today, it is home to the London Design Biennale, London Fashion Week, and a great big ice ring during the winter time to name just a few of its events! The architecture on its own makes the short trip worthwhile, but we recommend attending one of its many events as well, as the list of events is well-curated!
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