Palms-down, London is one in all our favorite cities in all of the world; not least as a result of it’s residence! Now, for my part, probably the greatest issues about our metropolis is the quantity of historical past hiding round each space of the town. The identical goes for one of the best palaces in London; there’s simply so many to discover.
Clearly, if it’s your first go to to London, you’ll be eager to see a few of these well-known websites, a number of the secret spots within the metropolis and one of the best markets.
You would possibly even need to take a day journey out of London to go to locations like Cambridge or Oxford, too!
Anyway, I’m rambling…
…With that in thoughts, I needed to point out you a few of my all-time favorite and greatest palaces in London to go to. Sure, there will likely be one or two ‘well-known’ palaces you’ll possible know, however I actually hope I can present you few which might be completely new to you. ♔
Check out the 10 of probably the most unbelievable and greatest palaces in London to go to. 👑
1.) Kew Palace
Rather less recognized that another locations in London, Kew Palace just isn’t one to be missed! Perched close to the banks of the River Thames, it was the summer time residence of King George III and it’s straightforward to see why.
Now, Kew Palace was initially a lot bigger than what might be seen right now, however you may nonetheless see the ‘Dutch Home’ ingredient of the palace by strolling by means of Kew Gardens itself.
Additionally, in case you fancy slightly nostril round inside, pop over and go to within the Summer season season. It’s one of many few of one of the best palaces in London that closes within the winter season.
Oh, and it’s one of many oldest buildings to go to inside Kew Gardens and effectively price a gander.
2.) Winchester Palace
Reality be instructed, I’d handed Winchester Locations tens of occasions with out ever realising it was a palace. Nestled on the facet of Clink Road, it was as soon as a very powerful palaces in medieval England.
Apparently, the palace itself dates again over 700 years and is definitely one of many older palaces in London to see.
Though in ruins, you may nonetheless see the partitions of the Nice Corridor as you stroll by means of Clink Road. Oh, and maintain your eyes peeled for the rose window that’s proper on high of the west gable.
Winchester Palace is a type of factors you’ll spend about 10-minutes seeing because it’s fairly small.
With that in thoughts, you may simply pair this up with a go to to Borough Market, the Golden Hinde ship and a stroll over from Tower Bridge or The Globe.
3.) Buckingham Palace
Probably one of the well-known and greatest palaces in London, Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the monarch. Perched inside Westminster, Buckingham Palace is straightforward to go to on most days.
Take a stroll down the Mall or St. James’s Park or e book tickets to move inside and go to the State Rooms.
Now, in case you do need to head inside, you should purchase tickets when it opens to the general public for 10 weeks a yr. It sometimes opens from the tip of July till the tip of September and might be purchased right here.
After heading inside, take a wander round Buckingham Palace Gardens (along with your ticket) and discover one of many greatest personal inexperienced areas in Central London.
4.) Hampton Court docket Palace
Nestled in south-west London, Hampton Court docket Palace is likely one of the bigger of one of the best palaces in London to discover.
With over 500 years of historical past and plenty of affect from Henry VIII, Hampton Court docket Palace has nonetheless survived to today (not like his 6 wives). 😱
The palace itself is open most days of the yr and hosts an entire heap of occasions, ghost excursions and probably the most well-known maze on the earth!
Simply be certain to e book your tickets on-line earlier than your go to. It’s at all times cheaper to e book direct, too.
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5.) Tower of London
Now, you won’t consider the Tower of London as a palace, however it’s!
Formally often called Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, it’s residence to an extended (and typically) darkish historical past that may be explored right now.
Being probably the greatest palaces of London, it wouldn’t be full with out a little bit of royal aptitude, would it not? As soon as inside, be certain to go to the Crown Jewels that are housed inside one would possibly walk-in protected. You’ll additionally see the largest reduce diamond on the earth and round 23,000 different gems.
With nearly 1,000 years of historical past, there’s a lot to see inside. Ebook your tickets on-line and likewise head throughout to Tower Bridge while you’re right here (it’s proper subsequent door).
6.) Banqueting Home
The Banqueting Home won’t sound like probably the greatest palaces in London, however it’s truly a part of the misplaced palace of Whitehall which was the medieval residence of the Archbishop of York. These days, the Banqueting Home is all that stands to discover.
As soon as inside, be certain to move proper for the primary corridor and see the 9 work by Rubens which had been put in nearly 400 years in the past. Apparently, this was additionally the setting of the royal therapeutic ceremonies too.
This was all the fashion within the middle-ages when monarchs had been mentioned to have the ability to heal.
7.) St James’s Palace & Clarence Home
Constructed within the 18th Century, Clarence Home and the adjoining St. James’s Palace is located a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace itself.
Now, though St. James’s Palace isn’t open to the general public, it is possible for you to to go to Clarence Home (that adjoins it) in August annually.
Now, it’s greatest to e book tickets prematurely of your go to on their web site. Simply bear in mind, you received’t be capable to take any footage inside however you’re going to get time to discover the gardens too.
8.) Lambeth Palace
Now, Lambeth Palace is one other probably the greatest palaces in London I’d handed so many occasions and never even realised it was a palace. Perched (simply) south of the River, in Lambeth, it’s the official residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Now, Lambeth Palace isn’t open to the general public however there are a couple of methods you will get to go inside. Tickets are bought intermittently, so examine Ticketmaster right here for the most recent listings.
There’s additionally a Fete (like a small pageant) that’s at all times on the final Saturday in June, throughout this time, you may acquire entry. It’s referred to as the North Lambeth Parish Fete and runs yearly.
Alternatively, you may go to throughout one of many backyard ‘open-days’. That is when the palace opens the property as soon as a month in summer time. Entry is often round £5. You’ll be able to see their open-day dates, right here.
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9.) Kensington Palace
Perched with Kensington and Chelsea space of London, Kensington Palace is likely one of the greatest palaces in London to discover. The royal household have been utilizing this as one in all their residences in London for nearly 300 years.
Right now, it’s been the official properties to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Wills & Kate), the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Harry & Meghan), amongst a couple of others.
This was additionally the palace the place Queen Victoria grew up earlier than shifting to Buckingham Palace.
These days, you may go to Kensington Palace on most days by shopping for your tickets on-line.
10.) The Palace of Westminster
The Palace of Westminister isn’t at all times considered probably the greatest palaces in London, however it’s truly a palace!
With nearly 1,000 years of historical past, the Palace of Westminster is the beating coronary heart of governance. Now, you may simply view the Palace of Westminster from the surface however it may be slightly extra tough to discover inside.
That being mentioned, in case you are a UK resident you may truly be invited to go inside without cost. All you’ll want to do is ask your native Member of Parliament to ask you. This could often be carried out by e-mail (and I’ve carried out it a couple of occasions).
You’ll be able to learn all about it on the official web site.
Simply bear in mind it’d take as much as 6 months to get an invitation, so plan forward.
At current, the Elizabeth Tower (and Large Ben) are going by means of a giant restorative challenge so it’s more likely to be coated up for a couple of years. 😩
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