At Queen Victoria's behest, the State Rooms of Kensington Palace were opened to the public in 1899, on her 80th birthday. Since then it's been both a private residence for the royal family and a public museum. In fact, it's where Prince William lives with the Duchess of Cambridge and their three kids. Though you won't bump into them in the hallway, a visit here is still a fascinating window into the lives of royals past and present.
Looking to discover some of England's history? Sprawling Windsor Castle has 1000 years behind it as a royal residence and visitors can explore the Royal Collection of artwork, the opulent State Rooms, St George's Chapel and more.
It's located in the English county of Berkshire and is easy to reach by car or by train from London Waterloo or London Paddington.