Just like us non-royal folk, the British Royal Family enjoy nothing more than a relaxing break away somewhere picturesque with plenty to see and do. Granted, their break may contain the odd butler and Rolls Royce more than we’re used to, but where they go is just as accessible and as enjoyable for non-blue bloods.
But just where do our royal family like to spend some down time? We’ve done our regal research and have gathered the top short break destinations known and loved by our monarchy, so you too can enjoy a majestic getaway.
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Her Majesty’s home city, London has to be the first to appear in our imperial line-up. Home to Buckingham Palace and Gardens, Clarence House and Kensington Palace; it’s safe to say that London is a royal bath bomb fizzing with regally-scented sights and attractions for you to bask in. Saunter around the picturesque gardens of the Palace and wave to the Queen, before heading off to a quintessentially British tea-room for a steaming cup of Earl Grey and a delicious fruit scone with lashings of jam and clotted cream. After all, when in London…
Home to the Queen’s official residence in Scotland, Edinburgh is a must-see destination for those of you looking to escape to a bucolic pocket of the UK. Palace of Holyroodhouse is a well-known royal residence which is where the Queen calls home when venturing up the country and over the Scottish border. A city marinated in history and culture, Edinburgh is a great place to explore the famous Edinburgh Castle or experience the magic of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
3) Aberdeenshire – Balmoral Castle
Sticking around for one more Scottish royal retreat, the Scottish Highlands is home to the unmistakable Balmoral Castle, and is a truly majestic spot to spend a short break away – according to the Queen anyway! For hiking aficionados and all-round outdoor enthusiasts, Aberdeenshire is the place to head for an outdoor adventure, and the Cairngorms National Park is an absolute must for a good hiking or wild-life-watching break.
4) Northern Ireland – Hillsborough Castle
Majestic mountains, craggy coastline and stunning glacial valleys, Northern Ireland is another ritzy retreat in our deluxe line-up. It’s no wonder that it’s a royal family favourite; in fact the Queen often frequents the grand Hillsborough Castle. You can wander through the 96 acres of scenic gardens at this beautiful palace, and can even take a tour of if you’re looking for a spot of royal inspiration. If you’re feeling beachy, however, you can’t miss the bountiful beaches and silky surf in the poetic town of Portrush – from royal insiders, we’ve heard that the fish and chips here are simply splendid!
5) Wales – Llwynywermod
Nestled just outside the rural paradise that is the Brecon Beacons National Park, Llwynywermod is an elegant estate which serves as the residence of Prince Charles. A Utopia for outdoor recreation, the south-western county of Carmarthenshire is famed for its walking trails and its idyllic isolation. If you’re looking for scenic sanctuary, Llandovery and Pendine are two places to make your list. It’s also castles galore in this Welsh gem, with Laugharne-, Kidwelly- and Dinefwr Castle right on the doorstep.
6) Norfolk – Sandringham House
It’s common knowledge that Norfolk is a much-loved country escape of Her Majesty The Queen. The Sandringham Estate has been a private royal home since 1862 and houses a royal museum as well as a vast country park, both open to the public. Norfolk is a jewel of East Anglia and boasts incredible destinations such as Great Yarmouth, The Broads and the town of seafood-heaven, Cromer. Visit the splendid Sandringham House, sit and enjoy the famous Cromer Crab on the seafront, or wander down the cobblestones and soak up the waterfront panoramas – it’s hard work being a queen, you know!
7) Windsor, Berkshire – Windsor Castle
A real crown jewel, Windsor is one of the most beautiful, and very queenly, short break destinations in the UK. You can experience the crème-de-la-crème of royal destinations with a tour of the grandiose castle, and make sure you get your camera at the ready for the famous changing of the guard. With over 1,000 years of royal history, Windsor Castle is the oldest occupied castle in the world, and it’s no wonder that with its stunning architecture and serene grounds, the Queen chooses to spend a fair few of her weekends here.
Enjoy a regal reverie just like the British Monarchy in one of these seven royal destinations, and celebrate the year The Queen turned 90-years-old.
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