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10 Palaces to explore in England

England

England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. The area now called England was first inhabited by modern humans during the Upper Paleolithic period but takes its name from the Angles, a Germanic tribe deriving its name from the Anglia peninsula, who settled during the 5th and 6th centuries. England's economy is one of the largest and most dynamic in the world, with an average GDP per capita of £28,100 or $36,000.

Apethorpe Palace
Apethorpe PalaceHunting Way, Apethorpe, Peterborough PE8 5DJ, UK
Buckingham Palace
Buckingham PalaceWestminster, London SW1A 1AA, UK

Symbol and home of the monarchy of the United Kingdom. The palace has 775 rooms, and the garden is the largest private garden in London. The staterooms, used for official and state entertaining, are open to the public each year for most of August and September and on some days in winter and spring.

Burghley House
Burghley HousePeterborough, Stamford PE9 3JY, UK

A sixteenth century English country house. Burghley House is an example of the Elizabethan prodigy house, it was built and still lived in by the Cecil family. The house is open to public on a seasonal basis and displays grand, richly furnished apartments. Burghley House is surrounded by a parkland and gardens.

Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court PalaceHampton Ct Way, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU, UK

Along with St James' Palace, it is one of only two surviving palaces out of the many the King Henry VIII owned. The palace has two distinct contrasting architectural styles, domestic Tudor and Baroque. It currently is open to the public displaying many of its original furnitures still in their original position, in addition to the works of art from the Royal Collection.

Kensington Palace
Kensington PalaceKensington Gardens, Kensington, London W8 4PX, UK

A residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th century. Today, the State Rooms are open to the public and displays many paintings and other objects from the Royal Collection.

Leith Hill Place
Leith Hill PlaceLeith Hill Ln, Dorking RH5 6LY, UK

Leith Hill Place is an elegant 17th-century property, which was added to and improved in the 18th century by General John Folliot. It was an atmospheric house with panoramic views across the Surrey countryside, Leith Hill Place was the childhood home of one of England’s greatest composers, Ralph Vaughan Williams

Palace of Westminster
Palace of WestminsterWestminster, London SW1A 0AA, UK

Meeting place for the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Contains over 1,100 rooms organised symmetrically around two series of courtyards and which has a floor area of 112,476 m2 (1,210,680 sq ft). Part of the New Palace's area of 3.24 hectares (8 acres) was reclaimed from the River Thames, which is the setting of its nearly 300-metre long (980 ft) facade, called the River Front.

Prideaux Place
Prideaux PlacePrideaux Place, Padstow PL28 8RP, UK

Prideaux Place is a stunningly beautiful Elizabethan manor house that overlooks the picturesque fishing harbor of Padstow in North Cornwall. Fourteen generations of Prideaux have lived here and each generation has added its own contribution to the house and its historic garden. This beautiful mansion sits on the hill above the busy harbor of Padstow and the grounds boast some of the finest views over its ancient Deer Park and the Camel Estuary to Rock and Bodmin Moor beyond.

The Bishop's Palace & Gardens
The Bishop's Palace & GardensThe Bishop's Palace, Wells BA5 2PD, UK

The Bishop's Palace & Gardens in Wells, Somerset has been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years. This stunning medieval palace is open for all to enjoy. Surrounded by a breathtaking moat, cross the flagstone drawbridge, to experience a true hidden gem in the heart of the City of Wells. The palace was originally surrounded by a medieval deer park. When the walls were built, streams were diverted to form the moat as a reservoir.

Tower of London
Tower of LondonSt Katharine's & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB, UK

Historic castle founded towards the end of 1066. A grand palace early in its history, the Tower has served variously as an armoury, a treasury, a menagerie, the home of the Royal Mint, a public record office, and the home of the Crown Jewels of England. The Tower is a complex of several buildings set within two concentric rings of defensive walls and a moat.

Map of Palaces to explore in England