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7 royal palaces that are reopening to visitors this summer

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Danielle Stacey
Danielle StaceyOnline Royal CorrespondentLondon
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Royal fans will be pleased to know that they will be able to visit some of the palaces as they reopen to the public this month. Historic Royal Palaces has announced details about the reopenings and the safety measures it has put in place to ensure social distancing for visitors.

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The Tower of London will be the first to lower its drawbridge on 10 July. The fortress is home to the magnificent Crown Jewels and its famous ravens, while the Tower's Yeoman Warders, also known as Beefeaters, will share stories from 1,000 years of history.  

Hampton Court Palace on 17 July, with visitors able to explore the breath-taking interiors as well as its extensive gardens. Members of the public can currently tour the Richmond palace's grounds after they reopened last month.

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Hampton Court Palace reopened its gardens in June

Kensington Palace will also open its gates to the public and Hillsborough Castle will be able to welcome visitors for Castle tours from 30 July. Outdoor spaces at Hillsborough Castle are currently open to the public for walks.

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The Tower of London

Historic Royal Palaces are asking people to book tickets in advance online so that they can manage the number of people visiting and ensure social distancing. In a video released by the charity, the team explained there will be clear guidance on how to keep a safe distance from one another at the palaces, as well as an enhanced cleaning regime at all of its properties. There will also be plenty of handwashing facilities and hand sanitiser stations for visitors.

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Hillsborough Castle 

Last month, Historic Royal Palaces appealed to members of the public for donations as the self-funded charity announced it was facing a shortfall of £95 million, after having to close all six of its properties it manages during the coronavirus lockdown.

 Visit for more information and to book tickets for the reopenings.

Meanwhile, the Royal Collection Trust has also announced the reopening of Windsor Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace and the Queen's Galleries in London and Edinburgh, as well as RCT shops, on 23 July.

As well as introducing a number of safety measures, including one-way routers in some areas, hand sanitiser stations and perspex screens at till points, a limited number of tickets will be available on the RCT's website, with staggered arrival times through the day.

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Windsor Castle in Berkshire 

Windsor Castle, is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, and was founded by William the Conqueror in the 11the century. The Queen has been residing at the Berkshire palace since lockdown was imposed in March, but she tends to spend weekends and Easter in Windsor. Its home to some incredible State Apartments, where Her Majesty has hosted official visits by Heads of State and investitures.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the Queen's official residence in Edinburgh and visitors can learn about some of Scotland's well-known historic figures, such as Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie. Its new exhibition Eastern Encounters will take visitors on a journey from the courts of Great Mughals to 20th century Calcutta.

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The Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh

The Royal Mews in Buckingham Palace is home to historic royal carriages, including the Diamond Jubilee State Coach, and is still a working stables.

The Queen's Gallery in Buckingham Palace will also reopen on 23 July, giving visitors another chance to see its exhibition George IV: Art & Spectacle, which features the monarch's collection of art.

For more information and to book tickets, visit

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