Top royal Britain things to do

Wave your flag for a royal gig 70 years in the making as 2022 marks the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Tuck into a giant picnic, marvel at glistening jewels and tiaras, or sing your heart out at a concert within castle walls. Wherever the celebrations take you, you’ll find them with a right British cheer. Whether you’re seeking a journey through history uncovering the stories of the Royal Family, or you’re an adventurer exploring the much-loved royal countryside, Britain has got you covered.

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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Interior view with people inside The Temperate House at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Connect with nature at London’s 300-acre Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, founded by King George III’s mother in 1759. Expect flourishing exotic flora, palm houses and 50,000 species of plants, trees and flowers. Head into new heights atop the canopy walkway to get a bird’s eye view of the diverse ecosystem. Look out for themed events from finding your zen with yoga to walking tours. Visit from November for sparking light tunnels and mouth-watering street food to mark the festive season.

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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Windsor Great Park

Explore the Royal park owned and managed by The Crown Estate, discover British horticulture, or hop on a horse-drawn carriage for a unique way to tour the ancient woodlands. You can even gallop through the park on horseback.

To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, bring your appetite for Big Lunch Day when Windsor Castle’s Long Walk will be transformed into a vast picnic table. Or get a front row view of The Queen’s original Coronation Dress and Robe of Estate worn on her accession at the castle itself.

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Windsor Great Park

Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace

From wedding ceremonies to Royal Ascot – the Royal Mews has been transporting royalty since the 1800s. Discover the Gold State Coach, used at every coronation since George IV.

Dine like royalty at The English Grill for Buckingham Palace views and stunning chandeliers. For an alternative city strut, shimmy around the sights with a fabulous drag king or queen on a Dragged Around London tour.

This summer, tour the State Rooms and formal gardens of Buckingham Palace and see the stunning gems of Her Majesty’s personal jewellery and classic portraits on display.

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Royal Mews

Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool

Once a global trade hub, and now a bustling cultural centre, the Royal Albert Docks are steeped in history. With many a royal visit, from being opened by Prince Albert, to the Queen making a splash for her Diamond Jubilee aboard one of Liverpool’s iconic Yellow Duckmarines – the dock was granted a royal charter in 2018.

Visit now and you’ll discover the dock’s iconic art gallery, Tate Liverpool, or clamber aboard a River Explorer Cruise on the River Mersey for a different perspective of the city.

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Royal Albert Dock

Royal Armouries, Leeds

Discover collections of Henry VIII’s armour and weaponry at the Royal Armouries Museum. Charge down for an exhilarating event to see knights head into battle in a jousting tournament. Or step into the world of the TV seriesVictoria at Castle Howard to Harewood House.

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Royal Armouries

Royal Pavilion, Brighton

Brighton’s pleasure palace is perfectly fit for a king, as the Royal Pavilion was built as a seaside leisure retreat for the future King George IV. With its Indian style architecture, get a glimpse of the finer things in life as you explore its lavish banqueting room, royal bedrooms and regency gardens.

Tuck into a right royal picnic as celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee come to the Pavilion Gardens in June.

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Royal Pavilion

Isle of Wight

 Person mid jump on a wake board, Isle of Wight, England.

Queen Victoria’s much-adorned holiday destination, the Isle of Wight mixes leisure with royal experiences. Follow Victoria’s Island Trail to visit her holiday home, Osborne House, and don’t miss the celebrations in the run up to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

For adventurers, hit up the waves, cycle the island, or join a climbing experience into the treetops. Visit at the end of July and you’ll see the sea alive with sailing boats at the annual Regatta – Cowes Week.

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Isle of Wight

Cardiff Castle, Wales

If Cardiff Castle’s walls could talk they’d tell tales of Roman conquest, brutal battles and World Wars. But beyond it’s 2,000 years of history, there’s a whole host of events waiting to be discovered – take to the grounds for live music with Depot in the Castle in July, or experience Shakespearean theatre with open-air performances of the playwright’s popular dramas.

Celebrate 70 years of the Queen’s reign with a gig at the castle. Welcoming a range of Welsh singers and with a full piece orchestra bagged for the big day – party this June at the Platinum Jubilee concert.

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Cardiff Castle

Cotswolds

A favourite for royals, and home to Princess Anne – the Cotswolds is the place for outdoor fun. For an eco-friendly adventure, hop on an e-bike, or add of splash of beer on a brewery tour.

Experience the Festival of British Eventing in August, headed by the Queen’s grandson, which hosts top-class riders and pony races.

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Cotswolds

Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Discover glimmering jewels and sparkling tiaras in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. Explore the streets that created the Queen’s birthday honours medals and the original FA cup trophy, or test your skills at a jewellery making workshop.

Staying in the West Midlands, uncover 900 years of history at Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden. Retrace the steps of Elizabeth I, who once celebrated 19 days of festivities at the castle, and relive the past at jousts and knight’s tournaments

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Jewellery Quarter

Rent a Rolls-Royce, Bristol

Hit the road in a Rolls Royce Phantom, the car that transported Kate Middleton to her wedding ceremony to Prince William. You’ll be traveling in regal style around the streets of Bristol and beyond – don’t forget to display your best royal wave to passers-by.

For something faster paced, get behind the wheel of an Aston Martin and experience an exhilarating day in the life of James Bond, Ian Fleming’s renowned spy character and Her Majesty’s most trusted agent.

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Rent a Rolls Royce, Bristol

Anglesey, Wales

Wales’ largest island and a favourite hideaway spot for the royals, Anglesey was once home to Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge. Renowned for its sandy beaches, camping under the stars, and adrenaline filled water sports, jump into a kayak for a unique way to see the island’s shoreline or leap into coasteering. Alternatively, head to Anglesey’s South Stack Lighthouse for a chance to spy puffins and razorbills.

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Anglesey

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh

With its bustling cobbled streets, Edinburgh is the place to visit for a right royal experience. At the end of its famous Royal Mile, you’ll find the Palace of Holyroodhouse, The Queen’s official Scottish residence, and previous home to Mary Queen of Scots. Visit during the summer and look back at Her Majesty’s previous Jubilees, from her outfits to dazzling jewels.

Explore Queen Mary’s chambers, located through a winding staircase in the oldest part of palace, or join a guided tour of Holyrood Abbey and spy the Royal Vault, the final resting place of James V of Scotland.

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Palace of Holyroodhouse

Highland Games, Highlands

 Inveraray Argyll Highland Games at Inveraray Castle. Man wearing a kilt doing the caber toss.

Taking place across the region, the Games combine jaw-dropping landscapes with awe-inspiring displays of sport and strength. The Royal’s regularly attend the Braemar Gathering, with a new permanent arch set to be erected at the games park in Braemer to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. For a piece of the action, join the Highland Games Academy and try your hand at the caber toss.

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Highland Games
25 May 2022(last updated)