Home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, who recently announced his engagement to Meghan Markle, Kensington Palace was formerly a ‘modest’ country retreat for William III and Mary II. Check out the new exhibition of dresses worn by Diana, Princess of Wales, a fashion icon of the time.
Every summer (from 21 July), this right royal residence opens its doors to the public. The London home of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, Buckingham Palace was first inhabited by a monarch when Queen Victoria moved in after acceding to the throne in 1837, subsequently transforming it.
Perhaps best known as Henry VIII’s ‘pleasure palace’, Hampton Court is one of the finest examples of Tudor architecture you’ll find. The lavishness of the project reflects the vanity of the famous serial monogamist, who was prone to wearing gold, rubies, diamonds and pearls. A true bling king if ever there was.
This uninhabited royal residence contains Art Deco interiors that are widely regarded as masterpieces of modern design. Enter the domed entrance hall and you’ll be transported back to the 1930s, wondering when the cocktails will arrive. Playful and stylish, the rooms perfectly evoke high society during the period.
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From soaring towers to ancient spa retreats, the UK is home to some of the world’s most breathtaking sights. Tick off these top attractions from your wish list and explore the best of what dear ol’ Blighty has to offer, right across the network.
Thatched-roof cottages, golden stone buildings, great pubs and British countryside. Visit the Cotswolds with GWR. Check out one of the prettiest patches of rural England, only a short journey London Paddington.