The UK is home to many beautiful historic houses, medieval castles, and magnificent palaces. From the world-famous Buckingham Palace, the official residence of King Charles III to the medieval Warwick Castle, there are plenty of places to be discovered. Here are some of the most well-known royal residences you can explore by coach.
Buckingham Palace, the most famous palace in the UK, is the official London residence of His Majesty the King. Each year for 10 weeks during the Summer, the State Rooms are opened for visitors from all over the world. Explore the magnificent State Rooms, where the members of the Royal Family receive and entertain their guests. Each of the 19 rooms are furnished with many treasures, paintings and sculptures and each with their own use. Visit the Throne Room used for court ceremonies and The White Drawing Room where the King and the Royal Family gather before official occasions.
Bletchley Park was once the top-secret home of World War II Codebreakers and is now a fascinating heritage attraction. Explore the code breaking huts with their immersive displays to find out about the brilliant machines and minds who helped with the Allied victory. This step back on time guides you on a journey to discover what happened in Bletchley Park.
With a magnificent stately home, 105-acre garden, farmyard, playground and acres of natural parkland to explore, Chatsworth Estate is a great place to visit. The iconic house has been passed down through generations of the Cavendish family and is home to various historic artefacts from all over the world. Explore the 25 rooms including the Painted Hall, State Rooms and Sculpture Gallery.
Sandringham Royal Estate
Sandringham, located in Norfolk, is the much-loved country retreat of the Royal family. Inside Sandringham House, discover the eight main ground floor rooms filled with splendid décor and historic artefacts, which are still regularly used by the Royal Family today. With over 60 acres of grounds each Monarch has added their own touches to these wonderful Gardens.
Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace is set upon the banks of the River Thames and was once home to Henry VIII, his wives and children. Discover the State Rooms and Apartment,s Henry’s Great Hall and Tudor Kitchen and wander through the Haunted Gallery. Another highlight is the wonderful Baroque Place. Set in 60 acres of magnificent gardens, the outdoor area has an array of landscapes to be discovered. During July the Palace is also home to the famous RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival.
Blenheim Palace, one of England’s largest houses, is situated in over 2,000 acres of landscaped parklands and gardens. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is most famous for being the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, one of England’s Prime Minster. Explore over 300 years of history in the beautiful Baroque State Rooms and enjoy wandering around the Walled Garden.
Windsor Castle was originally built in the 11th Century and has been the home to 40 monarchs, making it the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. Highlights of the Castle and grounds include the wonderful State Apartments, which are used today by the Royal Family and St George’s Chapel – the wedding location for The Duke & Duchess of Sussex as well as many other Royals. The Chapel is also Queen Elizabeth II’s final resting place and where many other monarchs are buried.
This magnificent medieval Castle showcases over 1000 years of history with it’s spectacular shows and attractions. From the Great Hall to the dark dungeons, there is plenty to be explored with the help of some colourful characters you will meet along the way. Don’t miss the live action performances and one of the UK's largest birds of prey show.
We have a great selection of coach trips to historic houses, castles, and palaces all over England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. With the coronation of King Charles III why not join a Royal coach tour to the residences of past and present and discover more about our Royal Family and their history.