Whether you’ve come to the UK to walk the trail of the royals or are simply on the hunt for some world-class art, you won’t want to miss a visit to Britain’s historic royal residences. From special temporary exhibitions to lavish decor and meticulously groomed gardens, these palaces are a must for anyone seeking the ultimate English and Scottish experience.
To begin, here’s a list of fascinating temporary exhibits in 2019:
- Russia, Royalty, and the Romanovs – Through April 28, 2019
- Roger Fenton’s Photographs of Crimea – Through April 28, 2019
- Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawings – May 24–Oct. 13, 2019
- Queen Victoria’s Palace – July 20–Sept. 29, 2019
- George IV: Art & Spectacle – Nov. 15, 2019–May 4, 2020
A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex – Jan. 19–Feb. 17, 2019
The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse
- Charles II: Art & Power – Through June 2, 2019
- Russia, Royalty, and the Romanovs – June 20–Nov. 3, 2019
- Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawings – Nov. 21, 2019–Mar. 15, 2020
State Rooms: Open for 10 weeks each summer and on certain days in the winter and spring.
The Queen’s Gallery: Open year-round.
The Royal Mews: Open at 10:00am from Feb. 1–Nov. 30, 2019 with occasional closures.
Changing of the Guard: Weather permitting, the ceremony begins at 11:00am on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday (and daily in the summer). The schedule is subject to change, so check it before you visit.
Castle precincts: Tours depart at regular intervals throughout the day and last for 30 minutes.
State Apartments: Open when the castle is open. Check the schedule before you visit.
Semi-State Rooms: Open each year from fall until spring. In 2019, they open at 10:00am through March 24th. These rooms are not open when the State Apartments are closed.
St. George’s Chapel: Between Monday and Saturday, the chapel closes to visitors at 4:15pm to prepare for evening services. The chapel is closed to visitors on Sunday for services throughout the day, but all worshippers are welcome to attend.
Changing of the Guard: The ceremony begins at 11:00am in the Lower Ward and lasts around 30 minutes. The schedule varies from month to month, so be sure check it before you go.
Palace of Holyroodhouse
The palace is open all year, with occasional closures—oftentimes at short notice. Please note that the elevator will be closed between January 3rd and late March, 2019 for an upgrade.
This residence is only open to visitors three days each year, and proceeds go to charity. The next Charity Open Day falls in June 2019. Frogmore is also open to pre-booked groups of at least 15 people during August.