Of the many tourist hotspots that the UK has to offer, Buckingham Palace is at the top of many travelers’ lists. After all, who doesn’t want to see the residence of the royal family? What many tourists may not realize, however, is that there are several other palaces and castles scattered across the nation that are sure to leave you in awe.
Over 1,100 years old, this prestigious castle in the county town of Warwickshire provides a thrilling day out for the whole family. In addition to exploring the castle grounds, great hall, and its many sprawling hallways, you’ll also have the opportunity to witness live jousting, the birds of prey show, and a luxurious afternoon tea. Warwick Castle is typically open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., however, closing times vary depending on the season.
Tucked away in East Sussex, Bodiam Castle was built to defend the region against the French forces during the 100 Years War. With its impressive moat, breathtaking landscaped gardens, and battlement positions, this castle remains a precious piece of British history. Opening times vary, however, the castle is typically open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Make sure to check out the official website in order to plan your visit.
Located in London, this palace has been in the royal family since it was built in the 17th century. Originally the home of Queen Victoria, today, the palace serves as the official residence of the Prince and Princess of Wales, William and Kate. The palace’s opening times vary each day since the unveiling of its Crown to Couture fashion exhibition, meaning that you’ll want to check out the website so that you can plan your trip effectively.