Friday, 24 April 2015

Royal - Five on Friday


For this week's Five on Friday, as Tuesday was the Queen's 89th birthday, here are five buildings with a Royal theme. I've put in the links to their websites so you can find all the details if you would like to find out more or visit but have just added a few personal comments underneath.  Thank you to Amy from Love Made My Home for hosting this again, do visit her blog and the others that are linked to it today.

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle
There are many enjoyable walks around Windsor and the Thames. From the Castle you can walk up the Long Walk to the Copper Horse (2.65 miles) up on the hill and from there you can even make your way to Savill Gardens (4 miles from the Castle). Changing of the Guard at the Castle takes place every day between April and June and alternate days the rest of the year apart from Sunday at 11:00. Do check this website if you are thinking of heading off there.



Osborne House on the Isle of Wight.




Osborne House
The house was built to provide Queen Victoria and her family with a private home.  It is a beautiful place packed full of interesting items and beautiful rooms.  You can see the sea from the garden and can walk through the grounds to her private beach where her bathing machine is ready for action.  Gardens that belonged to Queen Victoria's children, each labelled with their names, are still full of produce, which used to be grown for them to prepare and cook in the Swiss Cottage as part of their education. There is even a fort and museum that is choc-a-bloc with fabulous items.  There is so much I could say about Osborne House, it's a great favourite of mine.



Hampton Court Palace





Hampton Court
This photo shows the privy garden at Hampton Court which has been restored using original designs from 1702. Seen here at around the beginning of July when the Hampton Court Flower Show was on, the colours are stunning and the garden is totally free to see.  The Royal School of Needlework are also based at Hampton Court and run their summer show at the same time as the Flower Show, free to enter and most enjoyable.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace
Open to the public, this vast palace has taken on a different way of presenting it's interior.  Lovely gardens though! Some of the Royal family still have apartments here.


Brighton Royal Pavilion

Brighton Royal Pavilion
Built for King George IV, the Pavilion feels more like a film set.  Vast, opulent, frivolous, the building is certainly worth a look if you are in Brighton.  Brighton's beach is rather pebbly, there's a pier and the Lanes are a maze of twisty streets full of interesting shops and cafes.


That's all for today, I hope you have enjoyed this week's potter round the UK and have found somewhere to explore further.

Thanks for visiting! 




14 comments:

  1. A lovely visit to five royal residences. I have visited three of them but all a very long time ago, I've always wanted visit Osbourne House and I've never been to Kensington Palace. I agree about the oppulence of the Pavilion at Brighton:)

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    1. You can visit OH and KP for free with an Art fund Card. Have a good weekend.

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  2. What an amazing five. I have been fortunate to have visited all except Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, maybe oneday....

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  3. A great 5 very cool idea, have been to all but not inside Kensington, one day maybe ..

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  4. I have only been to two of these, Hampton Court and Osborne, but I would love to go to the others someday too, especially after hearing your thoughts about them. This is a great way to celebrate The Queen's birthday! Thank you so much for joining in. I hope that you have a great weekend! xx

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    1. Many thanks Amy for your Five on Friday fun! x

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  5. I loved seeing the photos of these places. I have read about them, especially Osborne house. What an amazing history they hold.

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    1. Yes they must have many stories to tell. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. Have a good weekend.

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  6. I would love to visit Osborne House. We had a long weekend in the Isle of White some years ago but never got to the house and we are always saying we will go back. I really must make more effort

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    1. It really is a wonderful spot. There are loads of interesting places on the IOW, something for everyone. Thanks for commenting.

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  7. Beautiful photographs. I've, unfortunately, not been to any of those places but you describe them so well. X

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    1. Thanks very much, one day you might get there. : )

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