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From the northern reaches of Scotland at a royal summer retreat to the oldest occupied castle in the world at Windsor, Britain is bursting to the battlements with places full of royal importance, all waiting to be discovered by you. So whether it’s a tour of exotic gardens, a trip to a royal pleasure palace or even an escape to the Isle of Wight, unlock Briton’s 1200-year old royal history today.

Buckingham Palace Summer Opening 2011

Explore an exotic Eden in Britain’s capital. Pick up the splendour behind the wheel of an iconic Rolls Royce, or simply get lose in an ancient maze, whatever it is, you’ll discover a Britain packed royal adventures. Here’s our low-down of how to get stuck into the nation’s top royal attractions.

Top royal attractions

From the grandeur of London-based Buckingham Palace to the remote Scottish escape at Balmoral Castle, the Royal Family have called some of the nation’s most beautiful buildings their home. Dive into the lives of the royals and experience the opulence of these official residences that regularly open to the public.

On selected dates, Buckingham Palace opens its doors to visitors: your chance to explore the Royal Family’s iconic London home.

Discover Buckingham Palace
Aerial display flying over crowds above palace
Buckingham Palace

Walk through 1,000 years of history at Windsor Castle, exploring its opulent state rooms and superb royal artefacts.

Book tickets to Windsor Castle
Visitors with ice cream, Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle

The home to many a royal, from Queen Victoria, William III, to Queen Anne.

Visit Kensington Palace
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Kensington Palace, London

Step into more than 1,000 years of history at the setting of every coronation since 1066.

Uncover history at Westminster Abbey
Panoramic view of the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and London Eye
Westminster Abbey, London
Fluffly dog, wagging it's tongue, sitting on grass
Hampton Court Palace, Surrey

Discover this dramatic fortress, perched on top of an extinct volcano at the top of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

Plan your visit to Edinburgh Castle
Green and red deck chairs laid out on grass in a park
Edinburgh Castle

The Scottish holiday residence of the British Royal Family. Tour the historic gardens and estate of picturesque Balmoral Castle.

Book tickets to Balmoral Castle
Balmoral Castle and Estate
Balmoral Castle

Get hands-on with history at this former palace and prison. It’s full of tales and treasures, including the Crown Jewels.

Book your Tower of London tickets
Beefeater walking by the, Tower of London on a sunny day
Tower of London

Welcome to the previous home of Mary, Queen of Scots, offering guided tours, royal exhibitions and opulent afternoon teas.

Step inside the Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Palace of Holyroodhouse, a royal residence in Edinburgh, Scotland
The Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Royal Mile

On selected dates, Buckingham Palace opens its doors to visitors: your chance to explore the Royal Family’s iconic London home.

Discover Buckingham Palace
Aerial display flying over crowds above palace
Buckingham Palace

Walk through 1,000 years of history at Windsor Castle, exploring its opulent state rooms and superb royal artefacts.

Book tickets to Windsor Castle
Visitors with ice cream, Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle

The home to many a royal, from Queen Victoria, William III, to Queen Anne.

Visit Kensington Palace
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Kensington Palace, London

Step into more than 1,000 years of history at the setting of every coronation since 1066.

Uncover history at Westminster Abbey
Panoramic view of the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and London Eye
Westminster Abbey, London
Fluffly dog, wagging it's tongue, sitting on grass
Hampton Court Palace, Surrey

Discover this dramatic fortress, perched on top of an extinct volcano at the top of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

Plan your visit to Edinburgh Castle
Green and red deck chairs laid out on grass in a park
Edinburgh Castle

The Scottish holiday residence of the British Royal Family. Tour the historic gardens and estate of picturesque Balmoral Castle.

Book tickets to Balmoral Castle
Balmoral Castle and Estate
Balmoral Castle

Get hands-on with history at this former palace and prison. It’s full of tales and treasures, including the Crown Jewels.

Book your Tower of London tickets
Beefeater walking by the, Tower of London on a sunny day
Tower of London

Welcome to the previous home of Mary, Queen of Scots, offering guided tours, royal exhibitions and opulent afternoon teas.

Step inside the Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Palace of Holyroodhouse, a royal residence in Edinburgh, Scotland
The Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Royal Mile

Attractions of royal significance

Discover the Royal connections to these popular visitor attractions.

Royal cities

Open to the public, these historic homes make ideal day trips for royal fans everywhere. Choose to explore ornamental royal gardens, or step inside gold washed rooms - wherever you decide, you’ll be sure to gain insider knowledge of Britain’s royals.

An unmissable destination for travellers, London is a melting pot of history, culture and green spaces.

Picadilly Circus underground station

Lovers of The Crown can wrap themselves in royalty as this town is about as regal as it gets.

Guards marching, Windsor Castle

From palaces to cobbled alleys, and a dormant volcano, this city is a real show-stopper.

A young couple taking a selfie of view over historic town