Last year’s Royal Wedding and the Diamond Jubilee earlier this year were fantastic state occasions which united the whole of Britain. Even strong Republicans found themselves caught up in the pomp and ceremony and waving a flag as the Thames Pageant sailed past. Britons up and down the country are feeling a new sense of pride in being British and who can blame them? Now is a great time to visit some of the Royal properties in the UK; in fact, why not combine your visit with a holiday to another part of the country?
As the Queen’s official London residence, Buckingham Palace just has to be top of your list. Although most people are familiar with the external facade, few Brits bother to cross the threshold to see where the monarch actually spends time. Buy a ticket for an audio tour around the palace and gardens for a rare insight into Royal life. Make the most of your time in the capital and visit the other residences such as Kensington Palace or Clarence House, home to the Prince of Wales.
The Balmoral Estate
The Scottish residence of the Royal family, Balmoral is located within the Cairngorms National Park and within driving distance of the historic city of Aberdeen. While visiting is not permitted during the summer months when the Queen is in residence, the guided tours of the gardens and exhibitions are always popular at other times of the year. Renting a cottage in the Scottish Highlands is the best way to see the National Park and enjoy a royal day out. Queen Victoria once described Balmoral as “my dear paradise in the Highlands” and once you’ve spent a few hours there, it’s not hard to see why.
Look no further than a visit to the Cotswolds for a typically English break. Chocolate box villages and pretty market towns are the perfect back drop for a royal break. Located just outside the village of Tetbury, you’ll find Highgrove House which has been the private home of HRH Prince Wales for more than 30 years. During his ownership, the Prince has worked hard to develop the grounds and today the gardens are a testament to his love of native plants and pride in organic principles. A tour of the gardens is a must for gardening enthusiasts.
For a more relaxed break, why not follow in the footsteps of the Royal newlyweds and choose a cottage in Anglesey. With unspoilt blue flag beaches and stunning countryside on your doorstep, Anglesey is a popular holiday choice. In the fifth century the Isle was home to Saint Dwynwen, the patron saint of lovers, so it’s a great choice for a romantic break. To continue the Royal theme, why not spend a day at Beaumaris castle. King Edward I began building his castle in 1295 to protect the north Welsh coast until the money ran out! The castle remains unfinished but is today part of a World Heritage Site so is well worth a visit.
If this has got you thinking about a holiday with a Royal twist, why not consider renting a self-catering cottage to enjoy your time away? Sykes Cottages have a great selection of holiday properties across the UK so you’re sure to find a wonderful cottage wherever you want to start your Royal tour.