Many people visit the UK each year because of our extensive history and historic monuments. A big part of our history is the Monarchy. Alice loves the Monarchy and their history behind them; and with many palaces and buildings still around today they make the perfect day out to learn and see some beautiful buildings.
The most well known Palace of them all. Buckingham Palace is relatively new compared to some of the others- Queen Victoria was the first monarch to live in it. It is the residence of the queen when she is in London and is where many of the meetings with heads of state happen. Buckingham Palace is only open to the public during the summer. It is best to book a ticket if you want to visit because its so popular. The cheapest ticket is £21 for an adult. Keep an eye out for the Royal Standard flag- This signals when the queen is at each residence(the Union Jack is flown when the queen isn’t in.)
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Located right behind Buckingham Palace this is for all you art lovers. The royal family have one of the most impressive art collections including Rembrant’s, Van Dyke’s and Warhol’s. They regularly hold exhibitions at the Queens Gallery so its worth a look to see what is on. There is also a Palace shop located within the gallery which has some great royalty gifts (including corgi cuddly toys- I have one!)
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Home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Will & Kate) and Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Kensington Palace is located within Kensington Gardens- Which is basically attached to Hyde Park. This Palace is also where Queen Victoria was raised and protected by her mother. I have found that Kensington Palace had the most focus on the modern day. They had modern art installations throughout the house and interactive things to learn by. The highlight of my time there was seeing Queen Victoria’s wedding dress- she was tiny! Make sure to have a wonder through the grounds while you are there and if you are looking to do something that little bit extra special; try going for afternoon tea in The Orangery.
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Diana Memorial Fountain
Located in Hyde Park the memorial fountain is the main memorial to Diana and her life within London. Built in 2004 this waterfall is meant to symbolise Diana’s quality, openness and her life in general. The water flows, cascades, swirls and bubbles before meeting in a calm pool at the bottom. There are three bridges where you can cross the water and go to the heart of the fountain too. The walk along the fountain is easily accessible to all and people are encouraged to cool their feet in the water and sit on the sides.
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Tower of London
The Tower of London is one of the most iconic places in London. This building has 1000 years of history within its walls including stories of Anne Boleyn and the Princes in the Tower. It is also the home to the Crown Jewels (which are ever so sparkly and amazing!) You can also get an amazing view of Tower Bridge from just outside the tower.
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Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court is known for being the Palace of King Henry VIII. They celebrated their 500 year anniversary in 2015 the palace has ghost tours, character tours and holds many events throughout the year. It was also used as the finishing point of the road cycling in the 2012 Olympics. Located outside of central London you will need to catch a train out of the city to get here its all pretty easy but for more info see Here.
The Banqueting House is one of the lesser known places to visit connected to royalty. The building was commissioned by James I- who never saw it finished. It is extravagant (Ruben’s paintings on the ceilings says it all) but this is because it was originally part of Whitehall palace which burnt down in 1698 leaving just the Banqueting House left. Most notably in the courtyard is where King Charles I was executed in the civil war.
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Kew Palace & Gardens
Kew Palace is on the banks of the river themes and is surrounded by its magnificent Gardens. Kew has been in and out of use of royalty since it was built. The Royal kitchens at Kew haven’t been touched since Queen Charlottes death in 1818- a real piece of history! There is also Queen Charlotte’s cottage within the grounds which looks like a quaint country house- I guess much like Marie Antoinette’s cottage. Kew gardens are some of the most beautiful and varied in the country. The palm house is one of the most famous attractions at Kew- it is the largest victorian glasshouse in the world! If you want something a little more exiting why not try the Treetop Walkway, it’s free of charge!
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