Ever wondered which are the 10 most historic sites in London? Which famous monuments and historical sites should a tourist definitely not miss? Here is a list of the 10 best places that every visitor interested in history simply must see.
Westminster Abbey is the setting for coronations, State funerals, and the burial place of many of our most celebrated kings and queens. Opening times: 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri), 9.30 PM to 7 PM (Wed), 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM (Sat); Last admission 1 hour before closing time. Cost: Adults £16.00; Children £6.00 (11–16); Infants free (under-16); Family ticket £32.00.
The Tower of London is a World Heritage site, and dates from the reign of William the Conqueror in 1066. Opening times: 9 AM to 5.30 PM (Tue–Sat, Mar–Oct), 10 AM to 5.30 PM (Sun, Mon, Mar–Oct), 9 AM to 4.30 PM (Tue–Sat, Nov–Feb), 10 AM to 4.30 PM (Sun, Mon, Nov–Feb); Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. Cost: Adults £19.80; Children £10.45 (5–16); Infants free (under-5); Family ticket £55.00.
St. Paul’s Cathedral was built by the country’s greatest-ever architect, Christopher Wren, shortly after the Great Fire of London. Opening times: 8.30 AM to 4.30 PM (Mon–Sat); Last admission 4 PM; Galleries open from 9.30 AM; Last admission to the galleries 4.15 PM. Cost: Adults £15.00; Children £6.00 (6–17); Infants free (5 and under); Family ticket £36.00.
Westminster Hall is the oldest surviving part of the original Houses of Parliament, dating from shortly after the reign of William the Conqueror. Opening times: House of Commons public gallery (when in session): 2.30 PM to 10.30 PM (Mon, Tue); 12:30 AM to 7.30 PM (Wed); 10.30 AM to 6.30 PM (Thu); 9.30 AM to 3 PM (Fri).
St. James’s Palace was built by Henry VIII in the 1530s, and was home to several of our most famous sovereigns: Elizabeth I, Charles I and George I, II and III.
Temple Church is one of the oldest buildings in London dating way back to 1185. It was built by a famous band of military monks, the Knights Templar, on money made during the Crusades. Cost: Adults £3.00.
Banqueting House was built by Inigo Jones in the early 17th-century, and was said to be truly unique – Britain’s first Renaissance building. Opening times: 10 AM to 5 PM (Mon–Sat); Last admission 4.30 PM; May close at short notice for private events and functions. Cost: Adults £5.00; Children free (under-16).
Buckingham Palace was built in 1702 and became the accepted residence of the Head of State during the reign of Queen Victoria. Opening times: Closed to the public, apart from the Summer Opening during Aug–Sep.
Kensington Palace was home to several of our most famous kings and queens, most notably Queen Victoria and William III, after the Glorious Revolution. Opening times: 10 AM to 6 PM (daily); Last admission 5 PM. Cost: Adults £12.50; Children £6.25 (5–16); Infants free (under-5); Family ticket £34.00.
Lambeth Palace has been the official residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury since 1207, and was ransacked during the Peasant’s Revolt. It boasts the oldest library in England.
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