Tower of London
The Tower of London has a rich thousand year history full of intriguing tales, murderous plots and brutal medieval battles. It has been the setting for some of England's most sordid stories including the imprisonment and assassinations of the royal princes in the infamous Bloody Tower. Discover the Tower's mysterious past on a Yeoman Warder tour which take place every thirty minutes and are including in the cost of your ticket.
No trip to London would be complete without visiting the Crown Jules, but the Tower of London offers so much more than simply one of the most extravagant collections of priceless items anywhere in the world. Don't miss the opportunity to see the Line of Kings which is London's oldest attraction and has recently been renovated back to its former glory. You'll also have the chance to explore the ancient battlements that surrounded the fortress, a fully stocked armoury and fearsome torture chamber. After taking in the majestic state apartments inside the Palace head over to the Royal Mint and Royal Beasts exhibitions that offer an incredible insight into the decadent lives of monarchs and members of court who resided inside the Tower of the London and its impressive grounds.
Kensington Palace has a rich royal history. It can boast of being the birth place of Queen Victoria and the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, not to mention being the home of a host of Georgian monarchs who have all left their mark on this impressive Palace. Explore their vast state apartments which contain an array of beautiful paintings and sculptures.
Take an in-depth look at the life of Queen Victoria in an exhibition dedicated to her record breaking sixty three year reign. There are also a range of specialist exhibits such as 'Fashion Rules' which features dresses worn by Princes Margaret, Princess Diana and Elizabeth II. Before you leave don't forget to take a stroll around Kensington Palace's picturesque grounds which include the intricately designed cradle walk and sunken garden.
Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court is one of the most impressive royal residencies in England. It is hardly surprising that it was a favourite Palace of Henry VII when you consider the beauty of the building and its surrounding grounds. Take a walk around the historical gardens where you can admire the painstakingly reconstructed flower beds and formal gardens which also contain one of the most famous mazes in the world.
Discover Hampton Court Palace's past as it is brought to life through a series of exhibitions that provide an incredible insight into the inner workings of a Tudor household as well as the buildings Georgian influences. Explore the stunning state apartments and royal chapel which contain a priceless collection of fine art, tapestries and sculptures.
Arguably one of the most famous buildings in the world, Buckingham Palace needs no introduction. Home to the Queen of England and host to the changing of the guard it is one of London's must see landmarks thanks to its striking architecture and collection of priceless works of art. Highlights include the magnificent state apartments and a huge picture gallery containing paintings personally selected by a host British Monarchs.
The Banqueting House
Banqueting House is the stunning creation of celebrated architect Indigo Jones. Its unique appearance is considered to be the first example of Palladian design to appear on the streets of London. Built as an elaborate 17th century party venue Banqueting House's lavish decorations soon proved to be so popular that its owners were forced to stop hosting large events out of fear of damaging the fine works of art on show, many of which remain in place to this day.
Ruben's canvases are among some of the most impressive masterpieces on offer spanning the entire ceiling of the famous banqueting hall. This painting would have been one of the last images seen by King Charles I before he was led outside to be executed in front of an angry revolutionary crowd. Discover the role Banqueting House played during the Civil War through a series of engaging exhibits and thoughtfully presented displays.