Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Top 10 Royal Attractions in England

Royal history exists basically everywhere in England. From regal robes and crown jewels to sumptuous state apartments and ceremonial carriages, here's where to go in England for an insight into British royalty throughout the ages.

1. Buckingham Palace
One of Britain's most recognizable landmarks, Buckingham Palace is the office and official residence of the Queen. Every August and September, the Queen opens her home to visitors, giving you the chance to tour the lavish State Rooms and Garden, and see some of the great treasures from the Royal collection along the way!

2. Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace is one of the most intriguing of the Historic Royal Palaces. Discover stories from Queen Victoria's life in the Victoria Revealed exhibition; master courtly games in the King's State Apartments; glimpse a modern Princess in an exhibition of Diana's dresses; and uncover the secrets of a fragile dynasty in the Queen's State Apartments.

3. Windsor Castle
Not only is Windsor Castle the Queen's favorite residence, it's also the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world. Don't miss the magnificent State Apartments; St. George's Chapel (the burial group of 10 monarchs), the Drawings Gallery with its changing exhibitions, and Queen Mary's Dolls' House - the most famous dolls' house in the world.

4. Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey is steeped in over 1000 years of history, and has been the setting for the Coronation of every English monarch from 1066. It has also seen `6 royal weddings.

5. Sandringham House & Estate
Sandringham House in Norfolk is one of the Queen's favorite houses and where she chooses to spend Christmas with her family. Since 1862, Sandringham has been the private home of four generations of monarchs and was once described as "The most comfortable house in England".

6. Hampton Court Palace
The magnificent Hampton Court Palace in Richmond, London was Henry VII's favorite royal residence. Step back in time for a taste of Tudor life in Henry VII's kitchens; lose yourself in the famous Hampton Court Maze; attend a service at the beautiful Chapel Royal and explore the Hampton Court gardens - internationally renowned for being amongst the most beautiful gardens in the world.

7. The Tower of London
One of the world's most famous fortresses, the Tower of London has seen service as a royal palace, prison, armoury and even a zoo. Today its a World Heritage Site, where you'll be dazzled by the Crown Jewels; hear tales from the Tower on a Yeoman Warder tour; stand in the spot where Henry VII's wives Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard were executed and discover 500 years of spectacular royal armour in the Fit for a King exhibition.

8. Royal Mews
The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace is a working stable, and home to the royal collection of historic coaches and carriages, as well as the cars used for state occasions. The most dazzling of all the coaches on display is the Gold State Coach, used as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2002.

9. Household Calvary Museum
You've seen Changing of the Guard, now look behind the scenes at the work that goes into the ceremonial duties and operational roles of the Household Cavalry. Watch troopers working with their horses in the original 18th-century stables and browse a collection representing more than 300 years of military history.

10. Kew Palace
Located in the lush botanical gardens, Kew Palace was the residence of George II's daughters, then family home of George III. Inside the most intimate of the royal palaces, everything is just as it was during George's reign; the riot of colour in the authentically re-created rooms give you a real feel for the life of this royal family.

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