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Kensington Palace

Kensington Gardens, London, W8 4PX
Info Line: 0870 751 5170     Web:

Kensington Place - London


Generations of royal women have shaped this stylish palace and elegant gardens from Queen Mary to Victoria and, more recently Diana, Princess of Wales.

Today the palace also houses a stunning collection of fashionable and formal dress worn for state and royal occasions.

Opening Times: Open daily
1 March – 31 October 10.00 until 17.00 (last entry)
1 November – 28 February 10.00 until 16.00 (last entry)
Closed 24 – 26 December.

Nearest Tube Station: Kensington.

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Hampton Court Palace

East Molesley, Surrey, KT8 9AU
Info Line: 0870 752 7777     Web:

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The flamboyant Henry VIII is most associated with this majestic palace, which he extended and developed after acquiring it in the 1520's.

Its many royal occupants have ensured the palace has fabulous furnishings, tapestries and paintings.

It is set in 60 acres of formal gardens, which include the famous maze and the Great Vine.

Nearest Tube Station: Hampton Court

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Kew Palace and Queen Charlotte’s Cottage

Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB
Info Line: 0870 751 5179     Web:

Kew Palace and Queen Charlotte's Cottage


The most intimate of the five royal palaces, Kew was built as a private house but became a royal residence between 1728 and 1818.

Both the palace and the nearby Queen Charlotte’s cottage, built in 1770, are most closely associated with King George III and his family.

Opening Times: Open daily - 27 April – 29 October 10.00 until 17.00 (last entry 16.30)

How to get there:
The palace is situated in Kew Gardens, with the closest entrance to the palace via the main gates.

Underground: Kew Gardens station
Trains: Silverlink Metro Trains to Kew Gardens station
South West Trains to Kew Bridge station
Bus: No.65, 391, and 237,

Please note the entry price for Kew Gardens does not include entry into Kew Palace.

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Hogarth House

Hogarth House - Photo © Clare Gibson
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Photo: Clare Gibson CCL


The famous 18th-century artist William Hogarth once said, "my Picture was my Stage and men and women my actors."

His prints reveal much about 18th century life, including corruption, addiction, cruelty, politics and the plight of women. More...

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Kenwood House

Kenwood House - Photo © Chris Smith
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Photo: Chris Smith CCL


Visiting a stately English country house in the heart of London might sound impossible, but like so much else in London, you only have to know where to look.

If you have had enough of the capital's crowded streets, but don't have time to make a trip to the countryside, visit Kenwood House, an 18th century mansion in the corner of sprawling Hampstead Heath. More...

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Marble Hill House: Retreat for a Royal Mistress (or two)

Marble Hill House Photo © Stephen Williams
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Photo: Stephen Williams CCL


At first glance, Marble Hill House may appear an unlikely royal retreat since no royals ever actually lived there, but its royal roots run deep nonetheless.

Not only was it home to two royal mistresses, one of whom used the house to retreat from royalty, the villa also owes its existence to a generous royal financial settlement.

Located southwest of London on 66 acres of parkland along the River Thames in Twickenham, not far from Richmond, Marble Hill House is both grand and humble.

While the imposing Palladian style imparts a definite sense of grandiosity to the villa, it's impossible not to notice how small and compact it appears from the outside. More...

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Kensington Gardens

The Magazine Storeyard, Magazine Gate, Kensington Gardens, London, W2 2UH
Tel: 020 7298 2100     Web:

Covering 111 hectares (275 acres), Kensington Gardens is planted with formal avenues of magnificent trees and ornamental flower beds. It is a perfect setting for Kensington Palace, peaceful Italian Gardens, the Albert Memorial, Peter Pan statue and the Serpentine Gallery.
Nearest Tube Stations: Kensington High Street / Lancaster Gate & Queensway / Bayswater

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Eltham Palace

Court Yard, Off Court Road, London, SE9 5QE
Tel: 020 8294 2548     Web:

Magnificent Medieval Palace with Art Deco extension. Visit Eltham Palace, one of the country's most fabulous and extraordinary homes. A masterpiece of modern design, it dramatically shows the glamour and allure of 1930's style. Restored by English Heritage, Eltham Palace captures wonderfully the elegant lifestyle of its creators - Stephen and Virginia Courtauld. The grounds at Eltham Palace have a fascinating story to tell about the sites past inhabitants. Visitors are invited to explore the mix of medieval and modern design features, which typify this entire site. From the medieval remains of Queen Isabella's apartments (c.1315) to the Courtaulds' exotic rock garden, the grounds host a rich tapestry of design, which has evolved to the present day. English Heritage is undertaking ongoing restoration work to return the gardens to their 1930's splendour.
Nearest Tube Stations: North Greenwich / Docklands Light Railway

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Carlyle's House

24 Cheyne Row, London, SW3 5HL
Tel: 020 7352 7087     Web:

From 1834 to 1881, Thomas Carlyle, the famous historian, philosopher, social writer and public speaker lived in this 1708 Queen Anne terraced house, located near to the Thames in Chelsea. Opened in 1895 as a literary shrine, it contains some of the Carlyle's' furniture, books, portraits and personal possessions, along with memorabilia collected over the years. There is a small walled garden within the grounds and the surrounding streets are steeped in literary history and associations.

Discount National Trust Membership

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Royal Botanical Gardens Kew

Kew Green, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB
Tel: 020 8940 1171     Web:

Kew Gardens covers over 300 acres, and has a vast array of displays. Housing a simply amazing collection of plants from al over the globe. There is so much to see on this vast site that we recommend that you see their website prior to your visit so that you can plan your day before you arrive.

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