If you feel like celebrating the Jubilee away from the crowds, then why not head over to some royal grounds for a day?
You can’t get much more regal than chilling in Hampton Court Palace, or more historical than marveling at the flowery moat surrounding the Tower of London.
So here is a round up of the best royal grounds that will allow you to avoid the jubilee crowds, all courtesy of Her Majesty.
The Tower of London’s Superbloom
Twenty-nine plant species, from marigolds in June to August’s sunflowers, will bloom around cast-glass forms of national emblems and wicker sculptures.
Younger visitors can enter via the massive, four-lane Superbloom slide, with willow-lined plants then weaving through the greenery. Expect to see many a bee in addition to those ravens.
Hampton Court Palace
Summer’s superb at Hampton Court Palace, set within a meander of the Thames on west London’s fringes.
Not only are exotic plants blooming but The Great Vine — Earth’s largest, planted in 1768 — will have its plump black dessert grapes almost ready to be sold in the palace shop. You’ll find descendants of Henry VIII’s deer herd and the world’s oldest-surviving hedge maze.
Commissioned in about 1700, it should technically take 20 minutes to conquer — but you might just want to allow an hour.
Fifteen miles south of Belfast, the Queen’s Northern Irish residence contains 100 acres of gardens (entry from £10).
Developed in the 1800s alongside the adjacent Georgian country house, these range from waterside woodlands to ornamental shrubberies and afford quiet even on summer Saturdays.
Highlights include a pinetum and lime-tree avenues, while an interactive play trail awaits youngsters. Arrive early, stay quiet and you might spy a kingfisher by the lake.
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