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Clarence House

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Address: St. James's Palace, London SW1A 2WH, England
Phone Number: +44 303 123 7300
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
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Clarence House is one of the last remaining aristocratic townhouses in...

Clarence House is one of the last remaining aristocratic townhouses in London and is the official residence of TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. For a limited time in the summer, Clarence House is open to the public who are able to visit the five rooms on the ground floor where official engagements are undertaken by Their Royal Highnesses.

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Came here on a Highgrove Shop Christmas shopping day, (my second visit) Great fun to sip a glass of champagne and meander through The Prince of Wales' morning room, library and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came here on a Highgrove Shop Christmas shopping day, (my second visit) Great fun to sip a glass of champagne and meander through The Prince of Wales' morning room, library and dining room while selecting gifts for friends and family. Charming family rooms exhibit a domestic, yet elegant, cosiness and it was lovely to see the family photos. This is... More 

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Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

This is something very nice to do only available in August. Very organized with time slots and the gathering to make sure everyone proceeds exactly on time as scheduled. The guide we had was very charming, personal but professional, and the Tour takes about 45 mins. So much nicer to have a personal guide rather than the Audio as in... More 

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Limassol, Cyprus
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Another Iconic Landmark. St James's Palace. Was the Residence of The Late Princess of Wales . Lady Diana for a while. Given to her by the Late Queen Mother. Now the home of the future King, Charles.!! It's only open to the public in August I believe so not everyone would be able to tour it. Worth a look from... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Prince Charles and Camilla's official residence in London and full of family photos. Short tour round, approx 45 mins. You visit rooms on the ground floor only. Seemingly each guide does a slightly different tour as each has their own interests in each room. You can ask Qs but the tour will run to time so don't expect any lengthy... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

I think many people walk past this building on the Mall to Buckingham Palace and don't realise it is a royal residence. I booked a tour via Artfund and went in August, which is the only time it is open to the public. The tour guides were excellent and you had plenty to time to view the five working rooms... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Clarence house is well worth visiting (only being open for 1 month of the year – in August), although unfortunately I didn’t’ feel particularly warmly treated/welcomed as a visitor. The visitors entrance is poorly signposted, being on the Mall, whereupon I was quite sharply accosted by one of team (“there is no admittance here – oh, you made a booking,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

An interesting house. Not many(5) rooms to see so didn't take long to see. Very hot when we went and had to stand for 10 minutes or so in strong sunlight to hear the intro from guide. Might like to take a hat on hot day. The information given was very informative and gave an insight to the Royal family.... More 

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Euless, TX
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

Open only in August, a visit to Clarence House gives one an intimate look into a charming place that still holds memories of the Queen Mum, where she lives when her daughter ascended to the throne. Now the home of Charles and Camilla, you see family photos, family heirlooms such as a pillow creweled by Queen Mary, and furniture and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Great tour of the reception rooms at Clarence House Very interesting and informative gives a great insight into the lies of the royal family especially the queen mother, the queen and prince Charles

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

You have timed entry tickets and are allowed in early and sit on a bench until all your group arrives. There were 18 in our group and our guide was very informative. You view 3 rooms that are generally used to receive visitors but they had plenty of personal items relating to the Royal Family. The front entrance was recognisable... More 

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St. James's
Perennially fashionable since the days of Henry VIII, the aristocratic “Clubland” of St James's is a premier destination for high end craft and bespoke design. Here you’ll lose count of the Royal Warrants (which indicate that the Royal Family patronizes the establishment) seen in shop front windows, even during a short stroll to bordering Green Park or St James’s Park. With the brightly lit and constantly buzzing junction of Piccadilly Circus at its northeast corner and none of Central London too far away, this is an surprisingly central and accessible part of town, especially given its prosperous demeanor.
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