Royal Britain: The best of the British Monarchy around the UK


A wedding, a baby… 2018 is a busy year for the British Royal Family!

Visit palaces, castles and other locations around Britain that all have stories to tell with this guide to the top royal sites available from the VisitBritain Shop:

Windsor Castle >
Kensington Palace >
Buckingham Palace >
The Tower of London >
Hampton Court Palace >
Banqueting House >
Warwick Castle >
Royal Pavilion Brighton >
Cardiff Castle >
Edinburgh: The royal city >

 Windsor Castle


Make a date for your diaries as the 19 May 2018 is when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will tie the knot at the stunning St George’s Chapel, located within the grounds of Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. 

At approximately one hour away by train from London, travel there with a BritRail London Plus Pass or sit back and relax on one of the many day trips that include Windsor Castle on their itineraries.

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 Kensington Palace


The birthplace of Queen Victoria and formerly the royal residence of Queen Anne, King Georges I and II, Princess Diana and now home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte as well as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. 

Kensington Palace is the perfect starting point to hear about the British Monarchy both past and present. Buy the Three Palace Royal Pass and save over 10% when you visit Kensington Palace and other royal properties in London.

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 Buckingham Palace

Perhaps the most famous palace in the world and home to the current Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace is a must-see for any visitor to London, especially when the State Apartments are open for just 8 weeks during the summer months. 

Marvel at the magnificent State Rooms used on official occasions by the Queen to entertain her guests and explore the beautiful ballroom and throne room before you end your visit with a wander through the south garden. Combine your visit with a Royal London Sightseeing tour or why not also visit the adjoining Royal Mews, the working stables of the Royal Family, which are also included in the London Pass®.

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 The Tower of London


Royal palace, prison, zoo, home to the world-famous Crown Jewels and one of just four UNESCO World Heritage sites in London, the Tower of London has seen it all throughout 1,000 years of history. 

Make sure you join one of the popular Beefeater tours that bring to life the stories behind one of the most popular visitor attractions in the country. Situated on the banks of the River Thames, see the Tower of London as well from the water as kids go free with our City Cruises London Sightseeing Boat.

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 Hampton Court Palace


Be blown away by the largest and grandest of Tudor palaces in England. Most famously known as the home of Henry VIII and his six wives, take a themed tour led by costumed historians as you meet the courtiers behind the stories of one of the most famous kings in British history. 

Hampton Court Palace is also home to 60 acres of colourful gardens with the centrepiece being the legendary maze. Dare to enter? Don’t get lost inside! Situated in zone 6 of the London transport network, getting to Hampton Court Palace could not be easier with a Visitor Oyster Card or London Travelcard taking you there on one of the fast, frequent train services from London Waterloo for the perfect day trip from central London.

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 Banqueting House


For anyone on a budget, Banqueting House on Whitehall in central London is a must-see for followers of the British Monarchy as well as fans of grandiose architectural styles. 

The last remaining part of the Palace of Whitehall, Banqueting House is where Charles I became the only king in British to be publicly executed in January 1649.

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 Warwick Castle


A fantastic day out for the whole family, Warwick Castle is home to 1,000 years of fascinating history with spectacular live entertainment and stunning interiors all found within the medieval walls. 

Admire the grand State Rooms and Hall and be wowed by the outdoor jousting tournaments and bird of prey displays, amongst other seasonal shows of brilliance. Fairyland throwbacks in the Princess Tower, costumed characters in the Time Tower and the world’s biggest working catapult… Discover all this and more in a castle dating back to the 12th Century and surrounded 64 acres of parkland landscaped by ‘England’s greatest gardener’, Capability Brown.

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 Royal Pavilion Brighton


Take a trip to the British seaside and be amazed by the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, the iconic Indian-inspired royal seaside retreat built for King George IV. 

Built by John Nash, the famous architect of Buckingham Palace, admire the Indian-style domes, Chinese-inspired interiors and the dazzling 9-metre high chandelier in the Banqueting Room that were all included as a result of the lavish, extravagant lifestyle of the King which had outgrown the original, smaller royal residence on this site.

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 Cardiff Castle


With more castles per head than anywhere else in the world, Wales is the perfect place in Britain to visit some fine fortified examples of yore. Combine your trip to the Welsh capital with a visit to Cardiff Castle and discover 2,000 years of history. 

Debate surrounds when the castle was built – some say by William the Conqueror as early as 1081, others claim around 1091 by Robert Fitzhamon, the Lord of Gloucester – but what is clear is that Cardiff Castle  combines striking examples of neo-Gothic and medieval styles along with breathtaking views of the city from the top of the Norman Keep.

Even modern day Royals have fallen for its charm with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visiting the castle in January 2018 as part of their first official visit to Wales!

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 Edinburgh: The royal city


With a main thoroughfare called the Royal Mile and a castle, a royal retreat and the Royal Yacht all based here, see why Edinburgh is high on the list of must-sees for anyone in search of British royal history.

Edinburgh Castle


Start your visit at the imposing Edinburgh Castle, built on an extinct volcano and where Mary, Queen of Scots gave birth to the future King James. 

The Castle also offers visitors stunning panoramic views of the city and tales of terror amid its eerie walls. See the Honours of Scotland, otherwise known as the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny, the ancient coronation seat of Scotland’s Kings.

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The Palace of Holyroodhouse


Located at the other end of the famous Royal Mile is the official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty the Queen, The Palace of Holyroodhouse. 

Standing against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur’s Seat and best known as the former home of Mary, Queen of Scots, the State Apartments are today used by the Queen for State ceremonies and official entertaining.

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Royal Yacht Britannia


The Scottish capital is also home to the Royal Yacht Britannia, the floating residence which served the Royal Family for over 40 years as it crossed 1,000,000 nautical miles around the world. 

Follow in the footsteps of such famous world leaders as Sir Winston Churchill, Boris Yeltsin, Gandhi and Nelson Mandela who have all stepped aboard through the years. Highlights of your visit are sure to include the State Drawing Room, the Queen’s Bedroom, the Sun Lounge and the Admiral’s cabin.

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All of these royal Edinburgh icons are also available to visit with the Royal Edinburgh Ticket which also includes a hop-on hop-off bus tour and, valid for two days, offers fantastic value for money.

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Save money and avoid the ticket office queues when you buy our London Transport tickets to get you around the royal London sites.

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Sit back and relax as you travel around these top royal sites which are all well-served by Britain's national rail network. Travel around with our international exclusive BritRail Passes, valid from 3 days to one month.

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If you prefer to combine various British history locations in one day with the expert tales and advice of knowledgeable tour guides, why not climb on board one of our many day trips from London.

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