Find out how to visit Queen Elizabeth’s palaces in the UK – Casa Vogue

Queen Elizabeth II (Image: Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II owns no fewer than six palaces and castles where she can live and move around the United Kingdom. These royal residences in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland are open to visitors throughout the year for fans of the King. Find out how to get up close to the gates, gardens and interiors frequented by the Queen, who has been on the throne for 70 of the 96 years.

1. Buckingham Palace

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Buckingham Palace can be visited between July and October (Image: Getty Images)

The main home of Queen Elizabeth, the administrative seat of the monarchy in London – where receptions, state functions, festivities and occasional celebrations are held – was built in 1703 and offers an impressive 775 rooms on 77,000 square metres, including 52 properties, guests and 78 bathrooms.

The state rooms of the palace can be visited from July 22 to October 2 this year, with access to the throne room, ceremonial hall, grand staircases and the music room, as well as the outside gardens. Depending on the time, you can even watch the changing of the guard.

According to the schedule, it is also possible to go on specific dates in December and January – in addition to the Easter holidays. Tickets cost £30 and can be booked here.

2. Sandringham House

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Find out how to visit Queen Elizabeth’s palaces in the UK – Queen Elizabeth _ Sandringham House (Image: Getty Images)

In Norfolk (about 100 miles north of London), the palace is said to be the Queen’s haven in the English countryside, where she loves to spend Christmas with her family. And there was also the death of King George VI and George V, the King’s father and grandfather, respectively.

Tourists can visit more than 8000 hectares of gardens, discover the interiors, and learn about the lives of the more than 200 people who live on the property, including gardeners, rangers and farmers, as there is a working farm on the site. Visits can be booked through the website – except for July 1, 23-31, when it will be closed.

3. Windsor Castle

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Windsor Castle has been inaugurated by dozens of royalty since the 11th century (Image: Getty Images)

England’s Windsor Castle is still in the county of Berkshire, about 40 kilometers from central London and is used by the Queen as a private residence on weekends – but also performs official duties when she considers it necessary.

Built in the 11th century, the castle has interesting places to visit, such as the dolls’ house and the chapels of Queen Mary. It’s open year-round, except on Tuesdays and Wednesdays – but the ticket site warns you to check if times have changed, as the venue also hosts official and authorities events.

4. Hillsborough Castle

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Find out how to visit Queen Elizabeth’s palaces in the UK – Queen Elizabeth Castle_ Hillsborough (Image: Getty Images)

Elizabeth’s official residence in Northern Ireland, Hillsborough Castle is also the seat of government and the residence of the country’s Foreign Secretary – as well as the residence of other members of the British royal family when they travel there.

It is possible to just walk through the gardens (which have been around since 1760 and have been divided into the more than 40 hectares they occupy, such as the 18th century Walled Garden, Granville Garden, Lady Alice Temple and the Lost Garden) or listen to different stories from Ireland in state rooms. Tickets are sold year-round.

5. Holyrood Palace

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Holyrood Palace has been around for nearly 900 years (Image: Getty Images)

When in Scotland, the Queen’s official residence is Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh. Built as a monastery in 1128, but modified over the centuries, it retains ancient furniture, carpets, and extensive Baroque decor in its interiors.

Gallery Gallery, in Hollywood Palace, Scotland (Photo: Disclosure/Royal Collection Trust)

An exhibition at Holyrood Palace, displaying portraits of royalty (Image: Publicity/Royal Collection Trust)

One of the main attractions is a gallery with 96 portraits of members of the British dynasty spread across the walls of the 44-meter space. Although Holyrood Abbey is in ruins, having been built in the 12th century, it attracts curiosity to the palace grounds. Tickets are on sale all year round.

6. Balmoral Castle

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Balmoral Castle, where the Queen spends her holidays when in Scotland. (Photo: Getty Images)

Also in Scotland, Balmoral Castle, 160 kilometers from Edinburgh, where Elizabeth is her holiday home and relax, socializing with various animals spread over 20,000 hectares of land.

Visitors can visit the gardens, see exhibits installed in the ballroom, attend outdoor theatrical performances, and go to the gift shop and café (where afternoon tea is also served), but tickets are only available until August 2.

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