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Visiting London's Royal Palaces

By Viator, September 2018

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Widely considered the finest and most beautiful residences in the United Kingdom, London's royal palaces attract admirers from around the world. Here the top spots to see how the British royal family lives on your next trip to this capital city.

Buckingham Palace
One of the best-known royal palaces in the world, Buckingham Palace is the primary residence of the British monarch. The palace features 19 state rooms, which are open to the public only from late June to late September when the queen goes to Scotland. During the rest of the year, visitors can admire the palace and its famous balcony from behind gilded gates. The Changing of the Guard ceremony is a real treat, but make sure to arrive well before the scheduled procession to beat the crowds.
How to Visit: Experience life as a member of the British royal family on a summer tour of the State Rooms and Throne Room, then stroll through St. James' Park to a luxury hotel for afternoon tea.

Kensington Palace
Once home to Queen Victoria and Princess Diana, Kensington Palace is set in the heart of central London. In recent years the palace has played host to members of the lesser royalty, and remains a popular royal residence.
How to Visit: With the Royal Palaces Pass, combine your visit to the King's and Queen's State Apartments, as well as the Palace Gardens, with a trip to Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London.

Hampton Court Palace
Located on the banks of the Thames River to the southwest of central London, 16th-century Hampton Court Palace is a masterpiece of baroque and Tudor architecture. Once King Henry VIII's private residence, it was built to rival the Palace of Versailles in Paris.
How to Visit: Buy a skip-the-line ticket to beat the queues and head straight inside the palace compound.

Banqueting House
The 17th-century Banqueting House sits on Whitehall in central London, and is widely considered the finest example of neoclassical architecture in the city. The national monument welcomes visitors keen to admire its grand hallways and suites.
How to Visit: Stroll through the impressive Banqueting Hall at your leisure, and admire features such as the bronze bust of James I and ceiling paintings by Flemish master Sir Peter Paul Rubens.

Tower of London
The Tower of London is a UNESCO–listed landmark dating back to the 11th-century Norman Conquest of England. One of the city's most popular attractions, the tower is protected by the famous Beefeater guards and has housed the monarch’s Crown Jewels since the 14th century. Following alterations made by notorious ruler Henry VII, many visitors have claimed to have seen ghosts in the towers and corridors.
How to Visit: Follow a Yeoman Warder (Beefeater) guide on a tour of the Royal Armories collection, Tower Green, Traitors’ Gate, and the White Tower, and marvel at the Crown Jewels.

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Tower of London Entrance Ticket Including Crown Jewels and Beefeater Tour

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Enjoy faster entrance to the UNESCO-listed Tower of London, one of London's most popular attractions. Bypass the long lines at the main ticket office, and ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
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Hampton Court Palace Priority Entrance Ticket

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See where King Henry VIII wooed his many wives with fast-track entry to Hampton Court Palace. Even better, by purchasing your ticket ahead of time you'll ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
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Experience London’s royal heritage and pageantry on a 2.5-hour experience that combines a visit to Buckingham Palace with the Changing of the Guard. Enjoy the ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Enjoy three quintessential British experiences on a 4.5-hour royal London tour, combining the legendary Changing of the Guard ceremony with an audio tour of ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle Day Trip from London

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Visit two of England's most royal attractions on this day trip combining Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. You'll be one of the first to enter Windsor ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Combine a visit to Buckingham Palace with afternoon tea on this 4-hour tour in London. Meet your host outside the iconic palace, and then head inside with your ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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See the best of London’s royal highlights on a 4-hour walking tour. Begin with an early access visit to the infamous Tower of London, where you’ll see the ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Visit London's Kensington Palace, the former royal home of Queen Victoria and Princess Diana, and discover the secret and public lives of Kensington's past and ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
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Discover London’s highlights by bus, boat and foot on this comprehensive half-day tour. Sitting comfortably aboard an iconic Routemaster bus, travel along the ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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London Combo: Westminster Abbey with Changing of the Guard, Buckingham Palace and Afternoon Tea

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Experience two top London sights and one of Britain's best traditions on this full-day combo tour. Visit Westminster Abbey; get an inside look at Buckingham ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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