Top 6 royal childhood residences

All eyes are on Britain as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, celebrate the birth of their first child. In honour of the new baby boy, we've compiled a list of the 6 places where generations of royal infants have spent their childhood. Open to the public, these historic homes are ideal day trips for royal history buffs. Read on to discover more.

1. Kensington Palace, London

Kensington Palace

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.   

Kensington Palace

2. Sandringham Estate, Norfolk

The Queen’s favourite retreat was also the birthplace of late Princess Diana who was born in a cottage on the estate. Tour the impressive gardens and pop into the museum to see artefacts from Sandringham’s history. Finish your visit with a cup of tea and cake in the Stables Tearoom and enjoy the beautiful views of the gardens. Sandringham is only open to the public from April to November so book your tour well in advance.

Sandringham Estate

3. Buckingham Palace, London

Buckingham Palace

Prince Charles and Prince Andrew were both 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! The palace is open to the public during the summer, and there are also limited tours in December, January and Easter.

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 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.

Glamis Castle

5. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle

Perched on an extinct volcano overlooking the city, Edinburgh Castle was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots’ only child, King James VI.  You won't find any royal baby bonnets at Edinburgh Castle. Instead, you'll 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!

Edinburgh Castle

6. Pembroke Castle, Pembrokshire

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!

Pembroke Castle
27 Mar 2020(last updated)