A royally good day out

This month marks the 177th anniversary of Queen Victoria moving into Buckingham Palace and becoming its first royal resident. If you fancy peeking into the lives of British monarchs past and present, these royal palaces make history fun for all the family

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Make like Queen Victoria and peruse the grounds of the famous London palace. Buckingham Palace is open to the public daily and visitors can explore the Royal Mews, the Queen’s Gallery and the State Rooms, where the Queen and members of the Royal Family regularly receive and entertain their guests on ceremonial and official occasions. Visit royalcollection.org.uk for details.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh is the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. A typical visit lasts between 1 and 1½ hours and the public can gain entry to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, The Queen’s Gallery and a Garden History Tour. royalcollection.org.uk/visit/palace-of-holyroodhouse

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace in Kensington Gardens, London, has been a residence of the British Royal family since the 17th century. Tickets will allow you to gain entry to the palace, gardens and various exhibitions, including a look back at the life of Queen Victoria and at recent royal fashion. Head to hrp.org.uk/KensingtonPalace for more information.

Kew Palace

Kew Palace is located in Kew Gardens, London, and has a history stretching back to 1631. Make sure you check out the bedrooms of George III and Queen Charlotte’s daughters, explore the room where Queen Charlotte died in 1818, and look around the Royal Kitchens during your visit. hrp.org.uk/KewPalace

Hampton Court Palace

There’s plenty to keep you busy at Hampton Court Palace, which was once owned and frequented by King Henry VIII. A Palace, Maze and Gardens ticket allows entry to the historic palace, famous Maze, and over 60 acres of the beautiful gardens. It also includes access to costumed guided tours, children’s activity trails, the Young Henry VIII exhibition and more. hrp.org.uk/HamptonCourtPalace

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