The Buckingham Palace Square is dominated by the palace itself, the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II, and the monument to Queen Victoria. Surrounded by gardens, in the southwest, the gardens of Buckingham Palace, on the north by Green Park and on the east by St. James Park, which has a lake you can see from this square.
The House of Commons and the House of Lords are located in this impressive palace of Westminster on the River Thames near Trafalgar Square. It is a Gothic Revival building and was designed by architect Charles Barry. It was built between 1840 and 1860. The famous Big Ben, the clock tower of the palace, is here. Your site is very comprehensive and can arrange a free visit when no session in Parliament.
Every day at 11 am (10 am on Sundays and every other day in winter), the palace guards march from Wellington Barracks to Buckingham Palace. It is colorful and has become an attraction for the more traditional, if you haven't seen these guards with their red coats and black bear fur hats, then you haven't been to London.
This is the palace where Princess Diana lived after her separation from Prince Charles. It has an extraordinarily well-manicured garden and a splendid public park. To the right of the Palace is the Orangery restaurant that has a terrace where you can enjoy a meal or snack outdoors.
The City Chambers are located in a grand building which was opened by Queen Victoria in 1888. The interior is gorgeous and built with stunning Italian marble. You can take free tours on a scheduled basis and I suggest you do so because you can sit on the throne of the mayor! But if you don't have much time, at least take a peek around the lobby, and don't forget to look up the splendid frescoes on the dome!
In the town of Linlithgow, the site that calls the most attention is the palace, which is located just next to the main church (Saint Michael), in the center of town and on a hillside at the foot of a small lake that shares its name with the palace and the people. Even though the palace is in ruins, it has been very well preserved. It was built to create a supply intermediate position between the castles of Stirling and Edinburgh. It was rebuilt several times over the years due to having been destroyed by fires, this palace was in use until the nineteenth century. Among the most prominent guests, throughout its history, we find Bonnie Prince Charlie and was born within its walls could be queen, Mary Queen of Scots (cousin of Elizabeth I). Done that brought pride to the local population. For a sunny calm day is ideal to make a stop in this charming corner.
Cardiff City Hall stands out because of its magnificent architecture. Next to the huge garden of Cathays Park, it is designed in a Renaissance style reminiscent of both English and French traditions. Made from marble, it has a beautiful tower.
Whitehall Palace was the main residence of the kings of England in London between 1530 and 1698. It was then the largest palace in Europe with over 1,500 rooms, and was for a time the largest building in the world! Now it's not a palace, but has the remains of the banquet room, the only part that was preserved after a fire in 1698, the rest of the palace was destroyed and not rebuilt. Built in 1619 in a modern style for the period, neoclassical, by architect Inigo Jones, it's one of the early Baroque buildings in the country. In 1635 King Charles I asked the great painter Rubens to paint the ceiling of the central hall. Fourteen years later he was going to jump out of a window of the building to escape the town that had invaded the palace, but he was caught and beheaded. The palace can be visited Monday-Saturday, 10:00-17:00, admission is £ 4.50 for adults, 3 for children and 3.50 for students and seniors.
Somerset House, formerly a royal residence, is a large building that resembles a palace with a huge central courtyard. It's found in the heart of central London, between Covent Garden and the River Thames. The building has had a number of uses over the years, first as a private residence, then a royal residence, then the offices of the Navy, the Royal Academy, Records...and today it houses a counseling center and art exhibitions. In the Courthauld Gallery, you'll find masterpieces by Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters. And there's also a bar, a restaurant, reading rooms, and a beautiful terrace with stunning views of the river. If you visit in winter, you can even go ice skating on the rink. The prices in the restaurant, like in most museums and galleries, are quite high, but you can always just stop for a quick drink and a snack. Apart from the building and its architecture, I was interested to see the Nelson Stairway, which connects the six floors of the building, an accurate reconstruction of the old staircase that was destroyed in WWII.
Blenheim Castle is a must if you go through Oxford. This palace, a UNESCO World Heritage since 1987, is a marvel from the architectural point of view, with its spectacular interior and its numerous gardens which are varied and very well maintained. Admission costs £ 17.50, but we had a voucher for 2 for 1 with our train ticket. The castle is open daily at 10 am and a little earlier in the summer. You can visit the gardens for a cheaper price then the palace. Admission includes two exhibitions, the secret history of Blenheim, a video show and one on Churchill, ve was born here. The palace was a gift from the King to the Duke of Marlborough for winning the Battle of Blenheim against the French. The castle is named after Blenheim, a town of Germany. It still belongs to the Marlborough family.
Very near Perth, is the village of Scone, an ancient Pictish settlement which in turn resulted in a religious settlement founded by the Augustinians in a small abbey. This settlement is located in the area called Old Scone. During the Middle Ages, it played an important role as the place in which the kings were crowned, on the "Stone of Destiny", stolen by the English King Edward I and taken to London. In fact it is the base of the royal throne of Westminster Abbey where many English kings were crowned. In 1996 the stone was returned to Scotland and is on display in Edinburgh Castle. Next to that place stands Scone Palace, built in 1808 a restoration of a XVI century palace that was there before. The counts of Mansfields who built the palace still own it, and reside there when it is closed to the public, usually most of the year. The best dates to visit are in late spring and summer. The palace houses impressive collections of porcelain rooms, stuffed animals and other family collections. All in a superb condition, the guards are attentive and there are guides for each room. The gardens are also interesting, though in my opinion is the most bland place, overshadowed by the historical locations by the palace and the palace itself. Scone Palace is considered one of the most well-preserved Scottish stately homes (in use). A beautiful place.
The Falkland Royal Palace was built in the sixteenth century, in the beautiful medieval village with the same name. It was conceived as a hunting lodge for the kings of the Stuart family, the most famous being Mary Stuart, better known as Mary Queen of Scots. She spent the best days of her childhood within the walls of this palace, which explains the existence of the grounds which includes some of the oldest tennis in the UK. Today it is one of the town's main attractions and it is managed by the Scottish National Trust, who organizes the visits and care of this impressive building. Worth a visit, the palace and the area, which can seem like you're in the Middle Ages. Perfect choice for a day out (not far from the Edinburgh). Interestingly, this impressive palace belongs by right to the British monarchy, whose members haven't visited it during last ten years. It is therefore a royal palace but without royalty.
Located near Edinburgh, near Blackness Castle, we came across this 17th century palace. It is still in perfect condition and on a hill that offers stunning views over the Firth of Forth, on a large farm. it is actually the residence of one of the oldest families in the country of Scotland, the Dalyells. This palace residence is a museum of furniture and other decorative items covering the XVII, XVIII, XIX and XX. S It is currently under the care of the National Trust for Scotland, ensuring care and maintenance to the smallest detail, so it is not permitted to take pictures inside of the castle. The tours are guided forcibly, which is sometimes a drawback because it is hard to match the opening times, and there are not many guides available to give the tour. A perfect example of palatial residence powerful family in seventeenth century Scotland. A visit will not disappoint you, especially the if you like this type of visit.
The ruins of this and other buildings near the Lincoln Medieval Bishop's Palace, transport travelers to a different time. The exterior of the of the whole building itself helps you understand the power and influence of the largest diocese in England. There is an audio tour available throughout all the facilities, identifying and explanations of each.
Next to the cathedral and the bishop's mansion is where you'll find the Palace of the Count (Count Patrick, to be exact). It was a long time ago when the supreme ruler Orkney Islands, mainly in the area of Kirkwall. Currently in ruins, we are showing past glories of the late Middle Ages to the Renaissance, a period in which the palace enjoyed great fame. The palace fur finished in 1593 by the son of the Earl of Orkney, Patrick. The building was the site of major importance in the islands, which is where some modern day monarchs still stay when they visit them. Such splendor ended when Patrick was accused of treason and executed in Edinburgh in 1615. The palace was given to the Marquis of Montrose who died in 1650. In 1689 it was abandoned, which sentenced him to the ruins we know today. In the case of our dear little Bishop, the views from the cathedral are unrivaled. Along with St. Magnus Cathedral and Bishop's Palace House, this palace is the historic area of the capital of Orkney, Kirkwall.