With royal interest at an all-time high following the birth of the new prince and the increasing popularity of royal TV shows such as The Crown and Victoria, research provides the ultimate inspiration for anyone looking to get up close and personal with the royals.
To reveal the top palaces in Britain, Celebrity Cruises analysed Google search data to discover how many people search for each palace and combined that with the number of photos of the palace posted on Instagram. The results are as follows.
- Buckingham Palace
- Windsor Castle
- Kensington Palace
- Hampton Court Palace
1. Buckingham Palace
Probably one of the most recognisable royal palaces in the word, Buckingham Palace is not only the most popular palace in Britain, but also Europe, with 5.4 million people wanting to know more about it on Google, and a whopping 1.1 million photos of the palace uploaded to Instagram.
The iconic London-based palace has served as the official London residence of UK sovereigns since 1837 and it has 19 staterooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms and 188 staff bedrooms. The palace opens its doors to visitors every summer, and a further 50,000 people are also entertained at the palace as guests at state banquets, lunches, dinners, receptions and garden parties.
2. Windsor Castle
Home to the Queen and offering up more than 900 years of royal history, Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world.
Incredibly it has been home to 39 monarchs since it was originally founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, and luckily for us, it’s now open to visitors all year round.
3. Kensington Palace
Once home to Princess Diana, Kensington Palace is now home to a host of royals, including Kate and Wills and their young family, and Princess Eugine and her husband Jack Brooksbank. The palace was also the birthplace and childhood home of Queen Victoria and has been the home to young royals for over 300 years.
A visit to Kensington Palace is a great way to step back in time and walk in the footsteps of royalty – key highlights include the King’s State Apartments, the Queen’s Apartments and the famous Sunken Garden.
4. Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace is synonymous with one of the most famous British Kings in history – King Henry VIII. Home to the notorious king and his six wives, you can visit Hampton Court Palace to explore Henry’s Great Hall, the infamous Haunted Gallery, the Tudor Kitchens, The Baroque Palace that was built for William III and Mary II and the spectacular gardens.