Queen's Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday: Ravishing Royal Stays around the UK
With the extended June bank holiday weekend on the horizon, thanks to our beloved Queen's Platinum Jubilee, Booking.com is sharing some stunning majestic stays to help you celebrate like royalty. And for the 38% of UK travellers visiting places of interest in their home country that they would normally overlook*, these stays range from stately country homes to breath-taking castles, whereby a combination of old and new royals have made a visit.
Thornbury Castle, Bristol
In this enchanting Tudor Castle, guests can sleep in the same chamber Henry VIII stayed in with Anne Boleyn, as well as Henry's daughter Princess Mary who spent some of her childhood here. It's filled with historical features such as suits of armour and an ancient courtyard, with roaring fires and a decadent interior, overlooking manicured gardens. Guests will be spoiled and pampered, with massages in your own bedchamber and an exclusive restaurant on offer.
The Goring, London
Situated within a short walking distance of Buckingham Palace, this luxury hotel serves as an oasis in the heart of the city. Kate Middleton spent the night before her wedding here, with a balcony spanning the entire top floor. It’s easy to see why; with an impressive restaurant offering gourmet cuisine, private gardens and sumptuous décor, guests can truly experience the royal treatment.
Cliveden House, Berkshire
An Italianate mansion built on the banks of the Thames, Cliveden has passed through the hands of dukes, countesses, earls, princes, and the aristocratic Astor family before being leased to the National Trust and becoming a hotel in 1984. The same hotel Meghan Markle spent her night before the Royal Wedding, Cliveden is a stately home offering guests a luxury spa and country sports, such as clay pigeon shooting, axe throwing and archery, set upon 376 acres of National Trust grounds. The hotel is even offering a Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea to mark the historical milestone, including Queen Elizabeth’s favourite chocolate biscuit cake!
George III’s son, Frederick Augustus – the muse behind the nursery rhyme ‘The Grand Old Duke of York’ - was one of the famous residents of this lavish hotel. Boasting a fully equipped gym and spa, relaxation pool and cocktail bar, the rooms reflect an 18th-century style decor, with luxury bedding and paintings from period artists.
Prince Harry himself has graced these floors, staying here with Prince William the night before he married Meghan Markle. Guests can sip on afternoon tea in The Drawing Room, indulge at the contemporary eco spa, take a stroll around the picturesque gardens or practice horse-riding lessons at the hotel's equestrian centre
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and conducted among a sample of adults who have travelled for business or leisure in the past 12 months, and must be planning to travel in the next 12 months (if/once travel restrictions are lifted). In total 20,934 respondents across 28 countries and territories were polled (including from 999 USA, 496 from Canada, 497 from Mexico, 997 from Colombia, 999 from Brazil, 499 from Argentina, 995 from Australia, 499 from New Zealand, 999 from Spain, 996 from Italy, 996 from France, 999 from UK, 996 from Germany, 498 from Netherlands, 499 from Denmark, 499 from Sweden, 498 from Croatia, 1001 from Russia, 498 from Israel, 997 from India, 994 from China, 499 from Hong Kong, 497 from Thailand, 496 from Singapore, 499 from Taiwan, 997 from South Korea, 500 from Vietnam and 995 from Japan). Respondents completed an online survey in July 2020.