Private British Monarchy and Palaces Tour
- Walk in the Queen’s footsteps: Buckingham Palace was chosen by Queen Victoria as the official royal residence, this palace epitomizes the style, grace and formality of royal estates. The palace is the administrative headquarters for the crown, the site of official events and ceremonies and the home of the current queen.
- Catch a glimpse of the youngest royals: Kensington Palace is the former home of Diana, Princess of Wales and the current home of several members of the royal family including the current heirs to the throne, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children. While private apartments are off limits, historic portions of the palace are open to the public.
- Pick your path: Kensington Gardens was once the private garden of Kensington Palace and accessible only to “respectfully dressed” members of society on select days, this Royal Park covers approximately 270 acres and is open to the public year-round.
- Royal connections count: St James Palace preceded Buckingham Palace as the official royal residence. It is now maintained as the home of several members of the royal family and serves as the London home of Charles, Prince of Wales. More than 100 receptions for charities associated with the royal family are hosted here annually.
- Horse play allowed at St James Park: Horse lovers and those who like parades and pageantry will want to visit St James Park during the Trooping of the Colour also known as the Queen’s Birthday Parade. The park features a popular equestrian course.
- Skip the crowds: No tour group may have more than six members. Individual interaction with your expert guide, who is a Ph.D. or MA level historian, is encouraged.
- Bring the little ones: Our docents are family friendly and can adapt their presentation styles to the learning styles of children. However, please contact us directly if you have children under 13.
About This London Tour
Lands, titles and heritage are part of what set those who belong to the British monarchy apart from ordinary citizens. One can map the changes in the authority of the crown by following the geographical placement of the royal palaces and parks. Demographics and politics play a significant role in the creation of a royal palace.
Our tour begins at Westminster Hall, and ends at Kensington Palace. Our first stops are Buckingham Palace and Kensington Gardens. Following along we will walk through St James Park, once the deer park of King Henry VIII, and view St. James Palace. From there we will see Clarence House, the official home of Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall. Continuing, we'll reach Green Park and Hyde Park. Finally, we'll visit Kensington Palace, the past and current home of numerous royals and heirs to the throne.
As we tour we'll discuss the changing political influence and authority of the crown and how the royal family embodies the Victorian concept of “The Royal Family” as a domestic ideal. We will also talk about the roles of the family of the British monarch in society and culture. And of course, we will keep you up to date on the doings of our newest royals, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Please meet your guide in front of the entrance to the Jewel Tower. The exact address is Abingdon St, London Westminster SW1P 3JX. Please note the Jewel Tower is near Westminster and NOT near the Tower of London.
Plan to walk for approximately 2 miles at a gentle pace. If your mobility is limited, this tour may be too challenging for you. This itinerary is not suitable for wheelchairs.
Walking Tour, Cultural, Private Tour
Public transportation may be used from time to time. Your tour may involve walking only.
Ph.D. or MA-level scholar guide
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages. Traveling with children 12 years of age and younger? Tell us their ages and interests during the booking process so we can match you with the best guide.
Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our guide, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the guide.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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