20 Best Castles and Palaces In London Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

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Best Castles and Palaces In London

We've rounded up the best castles and palaces in London in our quest to discover brilliant family attractions and places to visit near you. There are 24 London castles and palaces to pick from.Alternatively, why not explore some other sightseeing days out nearby, including museums and art galleries, or tourist attractions. Find the perfect places to go with your kids and get out on your next adventure!

All the castles and palaces we list are rated according to the ages they are suitable for, facilities and whether they are suitable for rainy days or best when the sun is shining.

Many of the places we list are historic or educational in nature and would be suitable for class trips or as ways to keep the learning up whilst having fun over the school holidays.

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Inside view of Banqueting House in London

Banqueting House

  • London
  • Indoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Through feast and famine, Banqueting House has been a hideaway for royalty over the centuries. Explore its feasting hall, the secret drinking den, pl...

Outside view of Buckingham Palace in London

Buckingham Palace5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • London
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Have a royal day out at Buckingham Palace! The palace is the official London residence of Her Majesty The Queen and serves as both home and office. T...

Corridor at Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

  • Kensington
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Consider yourself royalty on a day out at Kensington Palace. It’s got everything your little aristocrats could need - exploration trails, ornamental...

Outside view of Alexandra Palace in London

Alexandra Palace

  • London
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

The iconic Alexandra Palace has everything you and the kids need for a fun family day out. There’s lots of history to discover (including the birthpl...

Fountain at Hampton Court Palace in East Molesey

Hampton Court Palace

  • East Molesey
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Picture yourself as a member of the royal family at Hampton Court Palace. Wander around the impressive grounds and gaze upon the vast opulence of the...

Outside view of Lullingstone Castle and World Garden in Eynsford

Lullingstone Castle & World Garden

  • Eynsford
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Lullingstone Castle and The World Garden is set within 120 acres of beautiful Kent countryside, an ideal place for all the family to relax and enjoy...

Gardens at Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

  • Windsor
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Calling all royalty - official or otherwise! Windsor Castle is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, the official residences of Her Ma...

Aerial view of Tilbury Fort

Tilbury Fort

  • Tilbury
  • Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Tilbury Fort on the Thames estuary has protected London's seaward approach from the 16th century through to the Second World War. Henry VIII built th...

Clock Tower at Knole Park in Sevenoaks

Knole Park

  • Sevenoaks
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Knole is a historic house and medieval deer park situated in the market town of Sevenoaks. With a large number of free attractions on offer including...

Outside view of Hever Castle and Gardens

Hever Castle & Gardens

  • Hever
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Hever Castle is a delight to explore with your little ones. Come on a trip to a historic castle and gardens that was built all the way back in 1270....

Ruins at Berkhamsted Castle

Berkhamsted Castle

  • Berkhamsted
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Berkhamsted Castle has opportunities for enjoyment for all ages. Pre-school children can run about safely in the bailey and play games. Older childre...

Outside view of Chiddingstone Castle in Edenbridge

Chiddingstone Castle

  • Edenbridge
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Where else, away from the hustle and crowds of London, could you hope to find such a tranquil and exciting treasure? Stunning Egyptian, Buddhist, Jac...

Chickens at Mountfitchet Castle in Stansted Mountfitchet

Mountfitchet Castle

  • Stansted Mountfitchet
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Mountfitchet Castle is a fun and educational open-air museum where you and yours can travel back in time over 900 years and witness life in a cool me...

A view of Hadleigh Castle in Hadleigh

Hadleigh Castle

  • Hadleigh
  • Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

When you're preparing the kids for a stop at Hadleigh Castle, it's best to clarify for them that they are ruins: it's a very different castle experie...

Steps on trail to Rayleigh Mount in Essex

Rayleigh Mount

  • Rayleigh
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The dramatic Rayleigh Mount is the atmospheric remnants of an early medieval motte and bailey castle site, built by Sweyn of Essex if you're taking n...

Two little girls at Leeds Castle with toy swords and shields

Leeds Castle

  • Maidstone
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Take your little lords and ladies on an epic adventure through history at Leeds Castle... in Kent! Discover the secrets of the castle, from Norman ti...

Outside view of Scotney Castle in Tunbridge Wells

Scotney Castle

  • Tunbridge Wells
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Scotney Castle is not one but two houses. At the top of the hill is the new house, designed by Anthony Salvin in Elizabethan style and built in 1837...

Outside view of Odiham Castle

Odiham Castle4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Odiham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Odiham Castle  is known locally as King John's Castle Odiham Castle is located within a tranquil site adjacent to the Basingstoke Canal. The flint ru...

Outside view of The Vyne in Basingstoke

The Vyne

  • Basingstoke
  • Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

The Vyne is a National Trust managed property with a house and gardens to explore plus a tearoom to enjoy but the children will want to visit for the...

Outside view of Lewes Castle

Lewes Castle

  • Lewes
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Lewes Castle is great little Norman castle that is over a thousand years old, with a series of spiral staircases leading to the highest tower, which...

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