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Royal England

  • Published
  • By Natalie Benge
  • Community Relations Adviser
England's rich and often turbulent history is perhaps best reflected in its buildings, and nowhere is this more apparent than in those properties associated with the Royal Family and their celebrations. 

Such iconic and indelible signposts to rulers and their reigns have captivated visitors for years and continue to stimulate the interest of people of all ages. 

Windsor Castle
One of the Queen's official residences, Windsor Castle, has been a Royal home for more than 900 years. Visitors are able to view the State Apartments and some of the Castle's extravagant interiors and St. George's Chapel, the burial place of 10 sovereigns and setting for many Royal weddings. 

Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain's sovereigns since 1837. Although in use for the many official events and receptions, areas of Buckingham Palace are opened to visitors on a regular basis. The State Rooms at the Palace are open to visitors during the Annual Summer Opening in August and September. 

Sandringham House
Sandringham is the much-loved country retreat of Her Majesty the Queen, and has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs. The house is perhaps the most famous stately home in Norfolk - and certainly one of the most beautiful. Set in the 60-acre gardens which have been called the finest of the Royal gardens, with a fascinating museum of Royal vehicles and mementoes, the principal ground floor apartments with their collections of porcelain, jade, furniture and family portraits are open to the public from Easter to October. There is no admission charge for the visitor center and it's open all year, so it makes an ideal stopping-off point if you are on holiday in the area, or travelling perhaps to the coast to enjoy north Norfolk's glorious sandy beaches or the world-renowned Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and bird watching. 

Opening times from for the Sandringham Estate are:
Sandringham House Opens 11 a.m. Last entry 4: 45 p.m.
Sandringham Museum Opens 11 a.m. Closes 5 p.m.
Sandringham Gardens Opens 10:30 a.m. Last entry 5 p.m. 

Tower of London
The Tower of London has been the setting for many great events during its 900-year history as a royal palace and fortress, prison and place of execution, arsenal, mint, menagerie, as well as home to the Crown Jewels. 

Hampton Court Palace
A variety of excellent tours are available to visitors to one of England's most impressive palace. For approximately 200 years it was the center of court life, politics and national history. 

Kensington Palace
A Royal residence since 1689, visitors are free to explore the magnificent State Apartments and the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection. Of great historical importance, Kensington Palace was the favourite residence of successive sovereigns until 1760. It was also the birthplace and childhood home of Queen Victoria. 

Royal Parks

It's important for a busy city such as London to make the most of its green spaces and its Royal Parks are perfect examples of this. A simple walk or a picnic in the park, sport, top quality entertainment; community and education projects are all activities you can participate in one of the Royal Parks.