If you are heading to our Hampton Court hotel, you’ll no doubt pay a visit to the gorgeous Hampton Court palace next door. But what about the wealth of other palaces dotted around the UK that are worth a nosey? We bring you a note about our neighbouring palace, as well as a list of our favourite royal residences from across Britain, just in case you wanted to venture a little further afield during your stay.
Functioning as the administrative headquarters of the Monarch, Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of the UK’s sovereign since 1837. The palace is a working building, serving as the venue for lots of royal events, ceremonies and receptions and more than 50,000 people visit the palace each year as guests to state banquets, lunches and garden parties. Although Buckingham Palace is open to the public, it was also the birthplace of both Prince Charles and Prince Andrew, as well as the venue for several royal christenings and weddings, including the matrimony of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Set in Kensington Gardens, Kensington Palace has been a royal residence since the 17th century and was once home to the late Diana, Princess of Wales. The State Rooms are open to the public and are managed by independent charity, Historic Royal Palaces. With paintings and trinkets on display, as well as hosting well-run tours which operate most days, this property is popular with both adults and children and is steeped in tremendous history.
Holyroodhouse has been home to Scottish monarchs since the 16th century – namely Mary Queen of Scots – and remains the Queen’s official residence to this day. Located at the end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, the palace grounds now spread over 10 acres, 44.5 meters of which are taken up by the Great Gallery. If you’re on the hunt for some gruesome history, head to the room in which Mary’s husband Lord Darnley and his associates stabbed her secretary over 50 times.
Our neighbouring palace of Hampton Court is one of a kind and is, of course, our favourite property of them all. Best known for being home to the infamous King Henry VIII and his wives, the palace has been used as more than simply a royal household in recent years. It was used as the location for Hollywood blockbuster, Pirates of the Caribbean and Disney’s Cinderella, as well as the venue for the Road Cycling Time Trial of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
If you need somewhere to rest your head after perusing the aforementioned palaces, head to our hotel near Hampton Court and live like a King or Queen for a day in one of our gorgeous guest bedrooms.