The largest and oldest occupied castle in the world is the home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Castle's dramatic site encapsulates 900 years of British history, and its magnificent staterooms and works of art reflect the tastes of successive kings and queens. In 1992 a devastating fire destroyed or damaged more than 100 rooms at the castle. The highly acclaimed restoration work, completed in 1977, is a testament to the extraordinary skills of some of the finest craftsmen in Europe.
Special tours for pre-booked groups are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from October until mid - March. The tour begins with a talk about the restoration work, before visiting private areas of the Castle to see the recently revealed medieval Undercroft and the Great Kitchen. Please contact the Visitor office.
Kensington Palace became a royal residence in 1689 when William III and Mary II commissioned Sir Christopher Wren to transform the existing house on the site their new London home. The building has seen momentous events as the deaths of William III, Mary II, Queen Anne, and George II, the birth and accession of Queen Victoria, and the public outpouring of grief following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Blenheim Palace was built for John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough in recognition of his great victory over the French at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. The Palace designed by Sir John Vanbrugh is one of the finest examples of English baroque and contains a superb collection of tapestries, painting sculptures, and fine furniture set in magnificent gilded staterooms The Long Library is of outstanding beauty.