Take A Tour Of British Royal Homes Without Leaving Your Own

published Mar 28, 2020
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Virtual tours are all the rage at the present moment due to the coronavirus pandemic. From blossoming cherry trees to art museums around the globe, we can walk through some of our bucket-list locations without ever having to leave our couch—and that includes some of the most famous British royal homes.

There are currently three royal homes that have virtual tours accessible through the Royal.uk website, with the first being Buckingham Palace. Buckingham Palace is the royal family’s London headquarters and home to Queen Elizabeth when on duty. The Palace has a whopping 775 rooms, which include 59 royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 78 bathrooms, and 19 rooms used for State business.

Virtual tours are currently available for the Throne Room, the White Drawing Room (where the Queen records her Christmas broadcasts), and the Grand Staircase.

Next up, take a look inside Windsor Castle, the weekend home of Queen Elizabeth II. It’s been a private home for British royals for over 900 years, and the Queen still holds stately meetings and events at Windsor if necessary. 

You can check out the State Banquet setup in St. George’s Hall, the Waterloo Chamber, and the Crimson Drawing Room, all decked out in deep reds and golds.

And finally, you can check out a lesser-known palace of the royals—the Palace of Holyroodhouse. This is the Queen’s official Scottish residence and is a cozy (yet ornate) vacation getaway. Here, the Queen hosts garden parties and Scottish guests, and Holyroodhouse is open to the public when the Queen is not at home.

The Kings Bedchamber, Morning Drawing Room, and The Great Stair are all available for virtual viewing.