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Elizabethan History

Places To Visit

There are many places to visit in England, Scotland and Wales that have survived from the Tudor period. Many buildings even pre-date the Renaissance. Here I have listed the most famous places associated with the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. They are all mainly located in or near London. More places to visit throughout Great Britain can be found in these sections:


Hampton Court Palace

Surrey, England
30-40 minutes by train from Waterloo Station, London

Built by Cardinal Wolsey and modified by Henry VIII, this magnificent Tudor palace is a must see for all Tudor history enthusiasts. It's the only palace built during the Tudor period that survives today, and perhaps reflects more than any other royal residence the splendour of the Tudor monarchs. Queen Elizabeth I and her court spent much time here during the early half of her reign. It was here that Elizabeth fell seriously ill of small pox in 1562.

Website: Hampton Court Palace

Hatfield House

Hertfordshire, England
20 minutes by train from King's Cross Station, London.
The gates to the house are opposite the Railway Station.

While most of the Old Palace was demolished in the early seventeenth century, the Great Hall where Elizabeth held her first Council of State still survives. The Old Palace was also were Elizabeth spent much of her childhood. Elizabeth was reputedly sitting beneath a tree in the grounds of the house when she received the news that she was Queen of England. The spot is marked by a tree that was planted in memory of the occasion by Queen Elizabeth II. On display inside the Jacobean House are Elizabeth's hat, gloves, and stockings. Also on display are the Rainbow and Ermine Portrait, as well as portraits of William Ceil, Lord Burghley, and his son, Robert Cecil, Earl of Salisbury, and the horse Elizabeth reputedly rode at Tilbury during the Spanish Armada.

Website: Hatfield House


London, England
20 minutes by train from King's Cross Station, London.
The gates to the house are opposite the Railway Station.

Has on display many Tudor portraits, including portraits of Queen Elizabeth I, Henry VIII, Henry VII, Anne Boleyn, and other significant Tudor men and women.

Website: National Portrait Gallery

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