Royal tourism: admissions to Royal Estate United Kingdom 2019, by establishment

Windsor Castle and Frogmore House were the most popular of all the Royal Estate locations, receiving 1.65 million paid visitors in fiscal year 2018/19. This was followed by admissions to Buckingham Palace during its annual summer opening. In total, paid admissions to all the Royal Estate reached over three million.

Royal tourism in the UK

As the British Royal Family continue to receive worldwide media attention, tourism associated with the Royals continues to grow. Income from ticket admissions to the Royal Estate exceeded 48 million British pounds in 2018/19, in addition to over 21 million British pounds in retail sales. The Royal Estate refers to British royal residences including palaces, castles and houses owned or occupied by the British Monarchy. Only a selection of the estates are open to the public, and give access to the Royal Collection (works of art held by the Queen in right of the Crown and in trust for her successors and for the nation).

Can you visit the Queen?

The Queen’s official London residence, Buckingham Palace, is only open to visitors for a few months of the year, between July and October. This summer opening allows visitors to take a tour of the state rooms and tends to feature special exhibitions and displays of the Royal Collection. Having tea with the Queen and exploring her main residence however is sadly not included.

Admissions to the Royal Estate in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018/19, by establishment*

Visitors in thousands
Windsor Castle and Frogmore House1,652
Buckingham Palace552
Palace of Holyroodhouse439
The Royal Mews196
The Queen's Gallery, London175
The Queen's Gallery, Edinburgh69
Clarence House11
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Release date

August 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019

Supplementary notes

* Paid visitors only.

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