A Royal Stay in the UK
Discover the UK's Royal Heritage
Experience the United Kingdom, a country steeped in history, culture, and tradition. From its quaint countryside villages to its bustling cities, there's something for everyone in this diverse and vibrant nation. And if you're a fan of all things royal, you're in for a treat.
The UK is home to some of the world's most iconic royal sites and attractions, from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle and beyond. In this travel guide, we'll take you on a journey through the UK's most impressive royal residences, historic sites, and cultural experiences. Whether you're a history buff or simply looking for a taste of luxury, you'll find plenty of inspiration for your own royal stay.
Travelling to the UK
Getting to the UK is plain sailing with DFDS. We offer ferry routes from multiple European ports directly to the UK, making it simple and easy to plan your royal trip.
Our Amsterdam to Newcastle ferry route offers a convenient gateway to Scotland and the North of England. Or, if you're travelling from France, our Calais to Dover, Dunkirk to Dover or Dieppe to Newhaven routes provide easy access to the South of England and London.
Our ferries provide comfortable and spacious onboard facilities, including restaurants, bars, and entertainment. With crossings available throughout the year, arriving by ferry is a great way to start your UK adventure, with the opportunity to take in stunning coastal views and enjoy a relaxed and stress-free journey.
Book your ferry tickets online today and get ready to discover the UK's rich royal heritage.
The Royal Experience in London
Discover the royal grandeur of London, the city which centuries of monarchs have called home.
Begin your journey at the Tower of London, a historic fortress on the banks of the Thames that played an important role in English history. See the crown jewels sparkle and, if you book early, you could even get tickets to see the Ceremony of the Keys, an event that occurs daily and dates back to the 14th century.
Witness the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony and explore the opulent State Rooms at Buckingham Palace, then visit the stunning Tudor-style St. James's Palace, used for official receptions. Get lost in Westminster Abbey, where every coronation since 1066 has taken place, and bask in the luxury of Kensington Palace, a royal residence since the 17th century. Here you can admire collections of royal ceremonial costumes, splendid halls and the famous King's Gallery.
Finally, head to the most famous and largest park in London. Separated from Kensington by the Serpentine, an artificial lake, Hyde Park is a haven of greenery in central London and has hosted many exceptional concerts.
Windsor Castle - A Royal Retreat
Just a short trip from London is Windsor Castle, one of Queen Elizabeth II’s favoured residences. Admire the opulent St. George's Chapel and explore the castle's historic architecture and lush gardens. The castle has been a royal retreat for over 900 years and is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. Explore the castle's State Apartments, adorned with paintings by famous artists, and learn about its rich history.
Royal History in Scotland
Explore the Scottish Highlands and visit Balmoral Castle, the Royal family's summer retreat. Take a guided tour of the castle's magnificent rooms and stroll through the spectacular gardens. Its stunning location in the Scottish countryside is not to be missed.
In Edinburgh, see the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the monarch's official residence in Scotland for over 500 years. Admire portraits of Scottish monarchs in the Great Gallery and see thrones originally made for made for
King George V and Queen Mary in 1911 in the Throne Room.
Wales and the Royals
Travel to the West of the UK and visit Wales, famed for the stunning beauty of mountainous landscapes and picturesque countryside. While there, make sure to add Caernarfon Castle to your itinerary. This magnificent fortress has been a royal residence for centuries and holds significant historical value as the place of Prince Charles' investiture as the Prince of Wales. Embark on a tour to fully explore this majestic castle, climb the towers, wander around the battlements, and uncover its fascinating past.
Other Royal Destinations
There are many lesser-known places in the UK with important ties to the British monarchy. York, for example, has been associated with the Royals for centuries, with its magnificent Minster having played host to many royal events. Bath was a popular destination for the Royals during the Georgian era, and its elegant architecture reflects the styles of the time. Canterbury Cathedral played a significant role in the history of the Church of England, and many important royal figures are buried there, whilst Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, has a strong connection to the monarchy through the famous playwright's works.