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Top 6 royal childhood residences

Take a look back at the Royal Family's favourite retreats and the places they have called home. Open to the public, these historic homes make ideal day trips for royal buffs everywhere. 

1. Kensington Palace, London

Closely associated with the late Diana Princess of Wales, Kensington Palace is now the home of her grandchildren Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte. Enjoy the intimate gardens surrounding the palace, and allow your inner child to be in awe of the arched tree walk, ornamental pond and gorgeous fountains.   

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Kensington Palace

2. Sandringham Estate, Norfolk

This popular royal retreat was also the birthplace of late Princess Diana born in a cottage on the estate. Tour the impressive gardens, tuck into local ingredients with an afternoon tea at the Stables Tearoom, and pop into the museum to see artefacts from Sandringham’s history.

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Sandringham Estate

3. Buckingham Palace, London

King Charles III was born at the most well-known royal residence on our list, Buckingham Palace. Notices of Royal births and deaths are still attached to the railings for the public to read, even though you’ll probably get the news on Facebook or Twitter first! 

Marvel at the grandeur of the Gold State Coach carriage at the Royal Mews this summer - used at every royal coronation since 1812.

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Buckingham Palace

4. Glamis Castle, Angus

With a history dating back to 1034, Glamis Castle has a rich royal legacy. The former childhood home of the late Queen is also where her mother, the late Queen Mother and her sister, the late Princess Margaret, were born. Learn about the castle’s lengthy history with a guided tour of the castle or enjoy one of the many nature walks around the grounds.

For a unique experience, try a Forest Bathing session within the Estate – hear from the Head Forester as you relax in the calm of the trees and nature.

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Glamis Castle

5. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh

Queen of Scots’ only child, King James VI. See the Scottish crown jewels worn by Mary and James when they were both wee bairns. James was crowned at 13-months-old while Mary was crowned when she was just 9-months-old!

Wander further down Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and you’ll find the Palace of Holyroodhouse - head inside for guided tours and a sneak peek into the lives of the royals.

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Edinburgh Castle

6. Pembroke Castle, Pembrokeshire

Go further back in history and explore Pembroke Castle, the birthplace of King Henry VII, the first Tudor king. There’s plenty to keep you busy at Pembroke including exhibitions depicting life in medieval times. Wogan Cavern situated beneath the palace is well worth a visit as it's home to special residents of a different sort, pipistrelle bats!

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Pembroke Castle

You are encouraged to always check individual websites for the latest information, as details are subject to change.

17 Oct 2022(last updated)