The Castles & Palaces Collection


The royal castles and palaces are stunning symbols of our royal family and the royal traditions.

Their histories vary widely, but they all play an important role in royal life. Windsor has played host to our royal family since the days of William the Conqueror in 1066, and Balmoral is a much more recent purchase since Queen Victoria and Prince Albert fell in love with the estate in the 19th century.

Our royal hosts will guide your clients through the gilded corridors and rooms that can tell so many stories. Your clients will hear very personal accounts of events from those who are invited as members of the family.

Their stories will be enhanced by introductions to the curators of the royal art collection.

London is a great base from which to explore the royal residences, but it is well worth the effort to travel around the country to see the country homes of our royal family and understand why they are all so special.

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BUCKINGHAM PALACE

Buckingham Palace, the most iconic landmark in London is home to Queen Elizabeth II and is recognised around the world. The palace boasts a total of 775 rooms, including 19 staterooms, 52 royal and guest rooms, 188 bedrooms and 78 bathrooms.

We are delighted to be able to grant you the type of access to Buckingham Palace usually afforded only to a visiting Head of State or a personal guest of The Queen.

With the palace gates closed to the public, you will be guided through the Ambassadors’ Entrance, and met by a senior curator from the Royal Collection Trust, such as the Surveyor of The Queen’s Paintings.

This senior curator will guide you around the splendour of the 19 State Rooms and show you the Royal Collection’s many masterpieces – Van Dyck and Canaletto paintings, Canova sculpture, exquisite pieces of Sèvres porcelain and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world.


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SANDRINGHAM ESTATE

Visit Sandringham Estate, the much-loved country estate of Her Majesty The Queen, and private home of the British Monarchs since 1862.

Join an incredibly knowledgeable guide on an exclusive private tour of Sandringham Estate. Your guide will bring the estate history to life as you are taken through the estate and the 60-acre gardens before you head out further to view the private Walled Garden.

Enjoy each and every downstairs room in the house used by the royal family at Christmas.

Encounter the beautiful collections of porcelain, jade, rose quartz, silver Russian gilt and bronzes, family portraits and photographs and Victorian and Edwardian decor that was the epitome of style in 1870.

Conclude your day with a quintessentially British afternoon tea with sparkling wine using inspiration from Sandringham Estate provenance.

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KENSINGTON PALACE & THE HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY

Kensington Palace is a royal residence set in Kensington Gardens, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London. It has been a residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th century and is currently the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

We are delighted to offer a personally guided tour of Kensington Palace with Lord Maurice Fermoy, the 6th Baron Fermoy, who is 1st cousin to Diana, Princess of Wales.

Maurice will share the historical and current stories of the royal residents; from William and Mary through the unhappy childhood of Queen Victoria to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their family.

He is not only a member of our British aristocracy, his close family ties to Diana means that he will share a wonderfully intimate insight into her life. He will share his fabulous knowledge of Kensington Palace from the times of Queen Victoria through to the present day. He is also hugely entertaining and informative as he is well travelled and is a recognised expert on the vagaries of acceptable etiquette in polite society.

Maurice has suggested that he then takes you to a little known daily ceremony at Horse Guards parade: 'The Queen's Life Guard', mounted on immaculately groomed horses with breastplates shining in the sun, present a stirring sight as they ride through the streets of London to Change the Guard on Horse Guards Parade.

The 4 o'Clock Parade started in 1894 when Queen Victoria found the entire guard drinking and gambling while on duty. As a punishment, she said they had to be inspected every day at 4pm by an officer for the next 100 years! The 100 years finished in 1994. However, the reigning Queen wanted the parade to continue as a tradition.

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HAMPTON COURT PALACE

Discover how the Tudor Court was fed in 1530 and uncover Shakespeare's theatre in the Great Hall!

Your expert guide will lead you through Henry VIII’s state apartments recounting tales of the Tudor Court and bringing the Palace to life.

Explore the beautiful formal gardens that run down to the River Thames, featuring sparkling fountains, glorious displays of over 1 million flowering bulbs and 750 acres of tranquil royal parkland with one of our knowledgeable guides.

We are delighted to offer you private guided tours of the palace and gardens for your visit to Hampton Court Palace. The highest calibre guides are included in both options, to ensure that you really learn the extraordinary secrets of one of the most beautiful palaces in the country.

Enhance your palace experience with a personal guide and a private apartment to enjoy some delicious refreshments. Opening out into the Great Fountain Garden, Apartment 6 is the perfect setting from which to explore the myriad of spaces within the palace.

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WINDSOR CASTLE

Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. Founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, it has since been the home of 39 monarchs. Today The Queen spends most of her private weekends at the Castle.

We offer you one of the most memorable ways of experiencing Windsor Castle, a private tour of the State Apartments with an expert guide. Your tour will take you on a journey through 1,000 years of royal history.

Discover how William the Conqueror’s wooden castle was rebuilt by Edward III as a stone fortress with magnificent apartments, how Charles II set out to rival the Versailles of his cousin Louis XIV, while George IV filled the rooms with outstanding works of art and gave the Castle its famous skyline.

Your guide will meet you and will bring the Castle alive as they share the stories and the history of The Queen’s favourite residence. We will be delighted to reserve a table for lunch or afternoon tea in one of the lovely restaurants in the town if you would like to enjoy lunch in Windsor.


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THE NEXT STEPS

The Humphreys team is here to make it happen for you and your clients.

We need to know:

  • The chosen dates
  • The preferred experience options
  • Accomodation preferences
  • Lunching and dining requirements


We will then design the draft itinerary and you are guaranteed that your clients:

  • Will be offered the best options on the chosen dates
  • Will have minimum transfer time and optimum enjoyment time
  • Will have transparency of the different options for their chosen experiences so they can choose their preferred style


Private tours of the royal palaces and castles are available throughout the year.

We love talking through the options so we can really understand what will make the perfect visit.

Let’s arrange a call or a Zoom chat and start the process.

We will happily arrange it for you, please call or email: info@humphreysofhenley.co.uk | +44 (0) 1491 736468


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