The best of Royal Britain

The 15th of June marks His Majesty the King’s birthday, celebrated by the Trooping the Colour ceremony.

Want to learn more about Britain’s royal heritage? Look no further! We’ve rounded up the biggest and best venues you can visit to learn more about the Royal Family.

Buckingham Palace, London

Buckingham Palace London

Recognised across the world as the official home and office of the monarch, Buckingham Palace should realistically be at the top of your royal excursion list. Sitting at the heart of Westminster in London, you’ll certainly know you’re in the presence of royalty walking the streets nearby. Over the summer, His Majesty kindly opens his home to visitors, giving a splendid tour of the State Rooms, the Royal Mews, and the Queen’s Gallery. Just a small selection of the 775 rooms in total!

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Windsor Castle, Windsor

View of Windsor Castle

As the oldest and largest occupied castle in Europe, Windsor Castle has been home to over 39 monarchs. Built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion, it was the preferred weekend home of Queen Elizabeth ΙΙ. The pristine condition of the castle is often noted by visitors as it belies its true age. If you’re there for a tour, be sure to check out the state apartments, St George’s Chapel and Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, the most famous in the world.

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Westminster Abbey, London

A sunny day at Westminster Abbey in London

As one of the most important Gothic buildings in the country, Westminster Abbey has been the setting for the coronation of every British Monarch since 1066. The stunning angular exterior paired with the dainty stained glass windows makes it an excellent tourist destination. The abbey has seen over 16 royal weddings, as well as being the place where King Charles ΙΙΙ was crowned this year. Visit before September 30th to view the coronation exhibition (included in the regular ticket price).

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Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle in Scotland

Seated poignantly at the top of an extinct volcano, Edinburgh Castle is the city’s most visited royal attraction. As well as being home to the Scottish crown jewels, the National War Museum of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny, the castle became the country’s chief royal castle in the Middle Ages. Guided tours are available all year round, with details about the architecture and history of the grand castle.

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Sandringham House and Estate, Norfolk

Sandringham House and Estate

Sandringham is the private home of four generations of British monarchs and where the Royal Family spend Christmas together. Set in picturesque gardens as part of the 8,000-hectare Sandringham Estate, visitors can explore the rooms of the house with the help of knowledgeable guides. The museum houses collections of Royal vehicles, rare ceramics, photographs and memorabilia. The Royal Park is open to the public every day of the year and is free.

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Palace of Holyroodhouse, Scotland

Palace of Holyroodhouse in Scotland

Edinburgh is a beautiful city so it’s no surprise it’s the setting for another stunning royal residence. At the end of the Royal Mile, opposite Edinburgh Castle, it’s right in the thick of things. A visit here is necessarily combined with some of the city’s other famous sites. But within Holyroodhouse, you can see the King’s apartments and the Great Gallery. Some believe the naked ghost of Bald Agnes walks these corridors too, so be prepared for a spooky encounter.

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