BUCKINGHAM PALACE One of Britain’s most recognisable landmarks, Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the Queen. From the end of July to September the palace is open to visitors. The spectacular Changing the Guard ceremony will be held daily to July, and on alternative days for the rest of the year.
KENSINGTON PALACE This palace has been home to many members of the Royal Family including Queen Victoria, Diana Princess of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Take a tour and discover stories from Queen Victoria’s life told in her own words in the Victoria Revealed exhibition.
WINDSOR CASTLE Not only is this the Queen’s favourite residence, it’s the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world. Don’t miss the magnificent State Apartments, St George’s Chapel (the burial ground of 10 monarchs), the Drawings Gallery with its changing exhibitions, and Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in the 1920s with working light fittings and plumbed bathrooms. The Queen’s Walkway in Windsor opened in September last year and was officially launched by the Queen in April. WESTMINSTER ABBEY Steeped in more than 1000 years of history, this abbey has been the setting for the coronation of every English monarch from 1066. It has also seen 16 royal weddings, including the then Princess Elizabeth’s marriage to the Duke of Edinburgh in 1947, and the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.
SANDRINGHAM HOUSE This estate in Norfolk is one of the Queen’s favourites, and where she chooses to spend Christmas. The house, gardens and museum are open to the public until October.
EDINBURGH CASTLE Perched at the top of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, this castle is the city’s most popular attraction. It became Scotland’s chief royal castle in the Middle Ages and is now home to the Scottish Crown Jewels and the National War Museum of Scotland.
BALMORAL CASTLE Purchased by Queen Victoria in 1848, this estate in Aberdeenshire is a private Scottish home of the Royal Family. The Queen and her family usually spend their summer here. Its grounds, gardens and Castle Ballroom are open to the public until July. HAMPTON COURT PALACE The magnificent palace in Richmond, London, was Henry VIII’s favourite residence. Step back in time for a taste of Tudor life in the kitchens; lose yourself in the maze; attend a service at the Chapel Royal and explore the gardens, among the most beautiful in the world.
TOWER OF LONDON One of the world’s most famous fortresses, the Tower has seen service as a royal palace, prison, armoury and even a zoo. Today, it’s a World Heritage site, where you’ll find the Crown Jewels, hear tales on a Yeoman Warder tour and see where Henry VIII’s wives Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard are thought to have been executed.
PALACE OF HOLYROODHOUSE The Queen’s official residence in Scotland is best known as the home of Mary, Queen of Scots, who was married here, and witnessed the brutal killing of her secretary in her private apartments. Tour the State Apartments, the gardens and the Queen’s Gallery, which has changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection.