London Journals

Historic Royal Palaces

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An April 2013 trip to London by Essexgirl09

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Quote: I received a membership to the Historic Royal Palaces for a year - these are my expericences.

Kew Gardens

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Attraction | "Private Palace "

Kew Gardens Photo, London, England
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KEW PALACEKew Palace is situated within the confines of Kew Gardens. Initially it could only be visited by Historic Royal Palaces members, but these days it is free to all visitors to Kew. Currently this is £16 per adult (HRP members can get a £10 voucher in their gift pack). Originally built by a London Merchant in 1631, the palace was later rented and then bought by the Royal Family.It was lived in for some time by King George III, his wife Queen Charlotte and their daughters during the King’s ill health. The Queen died here in 1818 and the Palace was unoccupied until her grand-daughter, Queen Victoria gifted it to the nation. Inside the Palace has been set up as a Ge...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 19, 2013

Kew Gardens
Royal Botanic Gardens
London, England TW9 3AB
+44 20 8332 5655

Hampton Court Palace

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Hampton Court Palace Photo, Surrey, England
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I visited Hampton Court palace one Sunday, which is part of the Historic Royal Palaces group. Entry is free if you are a member, otherwise it is £17.60 for an adult. It is easy to get to via rail from Waterloo. Much of what we see today began with Henry VIII’s key advisor Cardinal Wolsey in the early 16th Century, although parts of the building are a bit older than that. There is much to see here, in the Palace and gardens and it is recommended to allow three hours. We were here five and a half, and this I a great way to spend the day. Of course, if the weather isn’t great you may not want to spend so much time exploring the gardens.There are two parts belonging to Henry VI...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 27, 2013

Hampton Court Palace
Next To River Thames SW Of London
East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU
44 20 8781 9500

Tower of London

Attraction | "To The Tower Part 2"

Tower of London Photo, London, England
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A continuation of my experience at the Tower of London..THE TOWER AS A PRISONThe area around Tower Green is where you will learn the history of those who have been imprisoned in the Tower at various times (and for various crimes). The Green is situated to the West of the White Tower and ten people (three of which were English Queens: Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard and Lady Jane Grey) were executed here on various spots - the scaffold was erected specially, it didn’t remain here as most people who were executed on Royal orders were beheaded publically on Tower Hill, or elsewhere. There is a memorial to all ten here, and you can read the names and dates. The last three were soldiers s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 7, 2013

Tower of London
Tower Hill
London, England EC3N 4AB
+44 (207) 709 0765

Tower of London

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Attraction | "Sent to The Tower"

Tower of London Photo, London, England
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There is too much to say about this place in one review, so please also checkout part 2I am a very lucky girl. My friend knows I love history, particularly that of the royals so for my birthday bought me an annual pass to the Historic Royal Palaces. One such palace included is the Tower of London, which is spite of living 45 minutes away, I have never actually been to before. The Tower is open daily (except 24-26 December and 1st Jan) and times vary depending on the time of year and day of the week, so I suggest checking online. Visiting on a Spring Sunday it was open 10am to 5.30pm. Normal adult admission is £19.50/£21.45, children are £9.75/£10.75, concessions (students,...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 7, 2013

Tower of London
Tower Hill
London, England EC3N 4AB
+44 (207) 709 0765