Clarence House

Clarence House
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Clarence House, The Mall SW1A

Opening times and price

Opening hours:
Guided tour: 10 AM and 4.30 PM (Mon-Fri, Aug only); 10 AM to 5.30 PM (Sat-Sun, Aug only); Last tour 1 hour before closing
Ticket cost:
Adults £10.30; Children £6.20 (5–16); Infants free entry (under-5)
Visiting hours and entry charges are subject to change
Time required:
A typical visit to Clarence House lasts 1-1½ hours (approx)

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Craig’s London blog> Read Craig’s review of Clarence House  Read my blog for a full review of the Summer Opening

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Clarence House was built in the early 19th-century for the Duke of Clarence – later King William IV. A second storey was added in 1873, and much restoration work was needed after the Blitz.

Clarence House’s first royal resident was King William IV, who lived there between 1830 and 1837. Buckingham Palace was just a stone’s throw down the Mall, but he much preferred the elegant decorations by John Nash. In fact, when the Houses of Parliament burnt down in 1834, he even offered the Palace as replacement!

The next monarch – Queen Victoria – wasn’t quite so keen on the place, and moved into Buckingham Palace as soon as possible. The house was then turned over to her mother, who lived there for twenty years.

Charles, the Prince of Wales

A long series of occupants then followed, including the Queen Mother’s daughter – the Duchess of Edinburgh (now Queen Elizabeth II). But when the King died in February 1952 she rose to the throne and moved to Buckingham Palace. Her mother then moved back into Clarence House.

When the much-loved Queen Mother died in 2002, her grandson – Prince Charles, together with his two sons and Camilla – all moved in.

Guided tours of Clarence House

Clarence House is currently only open to the public for two months during the summer, but tickets have to be booked well in advance.

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  • Fish – “I am very much a fan of the royals and have been to all the palaces numerous times, but for some reason I put this one off, maybe because I wasn't expecting much. But after having been I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised, and wondered why I didn't go sooner. The tour (which we had no choice but to go on) was quite short, lasting about an hour, but we got to see pretty much all of the ground floor and the gardens. You do not get to see where the royals actually live from day-to-day though, because that it is in the upper floors. The interesting part was that the guide pointed out which items came from which royal, so even though the house is currently occupied by prince charles, he pointed out a very large number of items which originated with the queen mother, whose house it was before she died. So even if you not a big fan of charles (i dont mind him, personally) then there is still plenty to make your trip worthwhile.”
  •  Guest – “Visited last year, enjoyed the visit,however did feel some of the curtains need replacing, and it appeared the lights , lampshads and paintwork needed refreshing . However, a nice smallish home , kind of cosy ,not ostentatious at all .”

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If you enjoy this then try: Buckingham Palace (you can walk it in 6 mins); Hampton Court Palace; Kensington Palace (catch the tube from Green Park to Queensway); St. James’s Palace (you can walk there in less than 1 min) and Windsor Castle.

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