Summer Days Out With Royal Connections

With the warmer months swiftly arriving, you may be considering some wonderful days out and long walks again. Why not use the jubilee celebration to enjoy some locations with royal connections? We’ll give you a few ideas of places you can visit – perhaps for the first time.

Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire

Balmoral Castle has been the Scottish residence and frequent holiday home of the Royal Family since it was purchased for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert in the mid-19th century. Did you know that the original building was considered too small for the family and a new castle was commissioned? It was built 100 yards away from the first; commencing in 1853 and completed in 1856.

There are a couple of options open to you at Balmoral. If you want the official tour, the gardens, grounds and exhibitions can be visited by the general public between April and early August. A relaxing audio tour is available which takes about an hour. Alternatively, if you want to experience a bit more of the wild side, you can traipse across the Balmoral Cairns on a 6-mile walk. It includes woodland paths and tracks, but be sure to wear good strong shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy.

Balmoral Castle

Osborne House, Isle of Wight

Famously known as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s holiday home on the Isle of Wight, Osborne House was a favourite of the Royal Family in the 19th century. Queen Victoria said, “it is impossible to imagine a prettier spot” and she’s absolutely right! With its beautiful garden terraces, breath-taking views across the Solent and a visit to the beach, it’s a day packed full of walks and architecture to admire.

At the English Heritage managed site, you can choose from walking through the amazing state rooms, the Swiss cottage, gardens and grounds, playground and trails, family rooms and Queen Victoria’s beach. Enjoy a walk through a history that reflects the family’s passions, styles and tastes.

Osborne House

Pembroke Castle, Pembrokeshire

The Tudor dynasty was one of the most famous in the history of the British monarchy. The founder, Henry VII, was born in this impressive Pembrokeshire castle. Whilst Welsh history has several beloved royals who ruled Wales, with the last Welsh prince being Owain Glyndwr, Henry VII is the only Welsh-born king of Britain. On the 28th of January 1457, Harri Tudur was born in a tower overlooking Westgate and in 1485 he succeeded the throne as Henry VII.

A visit to beautiful Pembrokeshire can always be filled with wonderful walks, stunning beaches and gorgeous villages, but on your West Wales travels take the time for a trip to Pembroke Castle. Challenge yourself to climb the 80ft Great Keep or descend into the medieval dungeons and pre-historic cave. During the summer holiday season, take the full family along to enjoy the re-enactment activities, falconry displays and fun for all ages.

Pembroke Castle

Cliveden, Maidenhead

The estate at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire has hosted British royalty and nobles for over three centuries. It’s seen visits from Queen Victoria who would travel up the River Thames to visit her friend Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland, and our Queen, Elizabeth II spent time there with her parents as a young princess.

Cliveden is managed by the National Trust, so as you can imagine, you can enjoy a beautiful stately home, some glorious gardens and delightful woodland walks. Once you’re finished feeling like royalty in the buildings, you can take a stroll along some beautiful pathways and reach a summit with panoramic views over the Berkshire countryside.

Cliveden

Lullingstone Castle, Dartford

This impressive castle, dating back to the 15th century, is situated in Kent and has welcomed a number of royal visitors over the last 600 years. Most famously, Henry VIII and Queen Anne were known to be regular visitors, and it was also the home of Lullingstone Silk Farm which produced the silk for Elizabeth II’s coronation robes.

Lullingstone Castle entry includes a visit to The World Garden which is a 2-acre walled garden that was converted by one of the family’s 20 generations to help with the upkeep of the home. The flower beds are shaped like a (roughly drawn) map of the world and include over 8,000 unusual plants from all over the globe. The castle and chapel are also well worth a visit, giving you lots to do and a wonderful day out on Thursdays-Sundays between April and October.

Lullingstone Castle

Do you have any days out that you particularly enjoy with royal connections that weren’t included in this list? Let us know all about them by emailing home.comforts@hslchairs.com.

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