This weekend Prince Harry and Megan Markle will marry at St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle. Royal Weddings have always been a favorite for the public, who enjoy watching in the tradition and glamour of it all. Castles bring out the whimsy and imagination in all of us, whether it be because of their history or the glitz and glamour. Unfortunately, not all of us can be royalty, but that doesn’t mean we can’t explore castles and treat ourselves to a little adventure every once and a while. Here are some of our favorite historical castles if you happen to find yourself in, or are looking for a reason to visit the United Kingdom.
You can explore nearly all of Windsor castle through a multimedia tour, including its beautiful chapel. If you’d like to attend church at St. George’s Chapel, you won’t need a ticket, as Sunday church services are free to all. However, the grounds will be closed May 18 and 19 for the royal celebration.
Purchased for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert in 1852, Balmoral has been the Scottish home of the royal family for well over a century. Both Harry and William have spent many Christmases in the elegant castle. Good news if you’re visiting Scotland, Balmoral Castle is open to the public during the summertime.
You can check out the fabulous palace and stunning surrounding gardens of Kensington Palace in London. You can also see Prince Harry’s residence, Nottingham Cottage, nestled with the grounds, although the cottage itself is obviously not open for tourist—even princes need privacy.
Buckingham Palace is the administrative headquarters of the Monarch. Although used for many official events and receptions held by The Queen, the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are open to visitors every summer. Buckingham Palace is often a focal point for significant national celebrations and commemorations.