Highlights of this tour
- Hampton Court Palace
- Buckingham Palace
- St James’s Palace
- Westminster Abbey
- Houses of Parliament
During this full-day tour, you visit Hampton Court Palace and other Royal Palaces in London. In the morning, you drive about 19 kilometers (12 miles) to the southwest, to Hampton Court Palace, with a private adapted vehicle. A visit to the Hampton Court Palace is essential for anyone who visits London! In the afternoon, your driver-guide takes you back to admire the royal highlights in London.
Hampton Court Palace is a former royal residence with over 500 years of history. It has a beautiful location next to the River Thames in the southwest of London. The palace was built in 1514 as a private residence for Cardinal Wolsey, and later, the palace was presented to Henry VII as a King’s favor. Since then, Hampton Court Palace has been the home of Henry VII, his wives, and children.
Today, this magnificent palace is open to the public. It is a beautiful tourist attraction and the most fabulous, most authentic Tudor experience in the world. The place is no longer a royal residence. However, parts of the Palace are occupied by individuals who have been granted “grace and favor” apartments by the monarch. The most popular spaces in the palace are the Henry VIII’s Apartments, Great Hall and Tudor kitchen. The Great Hall is the heart of Tudor palace and towering over the surrounding buildings.
You stroll around Hampton Court Palace’s beautiful gardens with 60 acres of lush greenery and plantations with 750 acres of historic parkland. Admire the magnificent fountain garden, the privy garden, the kitchen garden, and more. Hampton Court Palace is a beautiful place for everyone. The palace and the gardens are wheelchair accessible, and there is enough to do and to see for the whole family. If you travel with children, you find the 300-year-old Hampton Court Maze. Furthermore, there are mobility scooters available that you can borrow for use in the gardens.
After your visit to Hampton Court Palace, you drive back to the city center of Londen to see some of the magnificent royal palaces. Your driver-guide will park as close by to the various landmarks, so it is only a short walk/roll while he explains about the sights. There are plenty opportunities for beautiful photo stops.
Your tour continues with a stop at Buckingham Palace. This is the official residence of the British monarch in London since 1837. Moreover, this palace is one of the most visited royal palaces in the world. This magnificent palace has a whopping 775 rooms, is 108 meters wide, 120 meters deep, and 24 meters high.
Next, you see St. James’s Palace, one of the oldest royal palaces in the city. The palace was built between 1531 and 1536, by order of King Henry VIII on the site of the Hospital St. James. The palace was the primary residence of the British monarchs for centuries. In 1702, after a fire destroyed the Whitehall Palace, all rulers until William IV moved to St. James’. This beautiful palace has been an official royal palace of many British monarchs. It is not open to the public though. Up until today, St. James’ Palace remains a busy working palace for the royals, and there are still many royal ceremonies held.
You continue to the next royal palace Westminster Abbey, which has an essential role in the lives of kings, queens, politicians, soldiers, poets, priests, heroes, and villains of the United Kingdom. Since 1066, many British coronations have taken place in this palace. Furthermore, Westminster Abbey is the resting place for more than 3000 famous British people. Today, this royal church attracts more than one million visitors each year.
Last, you make a stop at the Houses of Parliament, also known as the Palace of Westminster. This Royal palace is the place where the British parliament comes together. The building consists of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The palace is best known for its bell tower, Big Ben. It is one of the most famous bells in the world.
At the end of your royal tour, your driver-guide brings you back to your accommodation, or anywhere else you wish in central London.
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