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14 British Royal Family Estates You Didn’t Know You Could Visit

14 British Royal Family Estates You Didn’t Know You Could Visit

These 15 stunning properties, rich in history and grandeur, are open to the public, offering a unique glimpse into the lives of the monarchy. From London to Scotland, all estates are present or past residencies of the British Royal Family.

Buckingham Palace, London

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While the palace itself serves as the administrative headquarters and London residence of the monarchy, its state rooms are open to the public each summer.

Windsor Castle, Berkshire

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As one of the primary residences of the Queen, Windsor Castle offers public access to its precincts, state apartments, and St George’s Chapel outside of royal use.

Sandringham House, Norfolk

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The Queen’s private holiday home, Sandringham Estate, is open to the public, offering visitors access to the house, museum, and extensive gardens.

Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

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The Scottish holiday home to the royal family, Balmoral’s grounds, gardens, and the Ballroom exhibition are accessible to the public from April to July.

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland

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The official residence of the monarchy in Scotland, it features state apartments that are open to visitors year-round, aside from when royal ceremonies are held.

Clarence House, London

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Located beside St. James’s Palace, Clarence House is the official residence of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. It is open to visitors during August each year.

Kensington Palace, London

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Part residence to several members of the Royal Family and part museum, Kensington Palace’s state rooms and exhibitions are open to the public.

Highgrove House, Gloucestershire

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The private residence of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, Highgrove offers guided garden tours for the public, which must be pre-booked.

Osborne House, Isle of Wight

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Queen Victoria’s family home offers insight into her private life with the royal family. Its grounds, house, and private beach are accessible to visitors.

Frogmore House, Windsor

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Located within the same estate as Windsor Castle, Frogmore House is particularly known for its beautiful gardens and its history as a royal retreat. It is usually open to the public on certain days in the spring and summer.

The Royal Pavilion, Brighton

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Originally built as a seaside retreat for King George IV, this exotic palace combines Indian architectural styles with Chinese interior design. It is open to the public year-round.

Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland

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Though not a current royal residence, it was the childhood home of the Queen Mother and the birthplace of Princess Margaret. The castle is open to the public, offering tours of its historic rooms and grounds.

Castle of Mey, Caithness, Scotland

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Purchased by the Queen Mother in 1952, this castle was her remote retreat in the far north of Scotland. It is open to visitors from May to September, including the castle, gardens, and the animal centre.

Dumfries House, Ayrshire, Scotland

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Saved for the nation by the Prince of Wales’s charitable foundation, this estate includes a beautiful house with an important collection of Chippendale furniture and extensive gardens, all open to the public.

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