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Clarence House

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Address: St. James's Palace, London SW1A 2WH, England
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+44 303 123 7300
10:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:30

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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For some reason, we had a really hard time finding Clarence House. We wound up walking way out of our way, asking several different people, and arriving about 4 minutes late for... read more

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For some reason, we had a really hard time finding Clarence House. We wound up walking way out of our way, asking several different people, and arriving about 4 minutes late for our assigned tour. As a result, we were not allowed to catch up to the tour but had to wait for the next tour and hope there were... More 

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Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

In the 21st century, that's its claim to fame (and of course that Princess Diana lived here too). We were on tour of the changing if the guard and admired it from the outside. It's more of a place to note from the outside while passing to other locations.

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Reviewed 10 November 2016 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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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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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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Reviewed 12 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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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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London, United Kingdom
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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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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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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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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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