The Mall makes a majestic approach to London's famed Buckingham Palace (Photo: Getty Images)

Celebrate the King's Coronation this May with a royal adventure around the United Kingdom. With a long weekend providing ample time to explore, there's no better occasion to immerse yourself in the UK's rich history, regal attractions and indulgent offerings. Discover majestic palaces, explore beautiful royal parks, savour gastronomic delights fit for a king – and indulge in exclusive coronation-themed offerings at the finest hotels.

Explore royal sites right across the land

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland, from Princes Street Gardens, with the Ross Fountain in the foreground

Perched majestically atop Castle Rock, Edinburgh Castle is the crown jewel of Scotland's historic cityscape (Photo: Getty Images)

In London, delve into the fascinating world of British royalty at the city's grand palaces. Begin at Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the monarch, where you can explore the opulent State Rooms and admire masterpieces from the Royal Collection during the summer opening. Don't miss the Queen's Gallery, which hosts rotating exhibitions showcasing treasures from the royal collection. Next, head to the one-thousand-year-old Tower of London, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to view the awe-inspiring Crown Jewels and learn about the tower's storied past as a palace, prison, and fortress. You might also discover the captivating stories of Kensington Palace, the former home of Queen Victoria, Princess Diana, and the recent residence of the Prince and Princess of Wales.

Take your royal exploration to the next level and indulge in the regal heritage with a visit to Canterbury Cathedral for the annual coronation service, a commemoration of the crowning of England's monarchs through the ages. Unwind afterwards amid the lush greenery of Delta Hotels by Marriott Tudor Park Country Club.

With one of the world's oldest fortified palaces in the form of Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish capital exudes regal charm. A short stroll from the castle, once home to James VI, the first monarch of both England and Scotland, Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh offers an exquisite location surrounded by centuries of royal history. It's the perfect place to stay if you’re looking to discover some of Scotland's most iconic landmarks.

Discover the royal heritage of Great Britain's great outdoors

Bridge Over River, Bristol

Bristol's Clifton Suspension Bridge spans the picturesque Avon Gorge, a breathtaking backdrop for romantic strolls and leisurely picnics (Photo: Getty Images)

Embrace your inner king or queen as you wander through Kensington Palace, home to notable members of the British monarchy, where centuries of history and picturesque scenery intertwine in the form of immaculate gardens. Next on the list is Hyde Park, the largest of London's royal parks. The site of various Royal jubilees and celebrations over the years, Hyde Park boasts the lovely Serpentine Lake, where you can indulge in a spot of boating. Who knows, you may even spot a member of the royal family out for a leisurely stroll.

For insights into the British royalty's links to Wales, Cardiff Castle is one of the most important sites. The castle has hosted royal visits for centuries and even today members of the royal family come to the castle on occasion. Once you’ve taken in the grandeur of the site, stay at the Cardiff Marriott Hotel, conveniently located in the heart of the city.

For a royal hidden gem, take a trip to Bristol's Clifton Suspension Bridge. This iconic landmark, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, was opened by Queen Victoria in 1864 and has been visited by members of the royal family on numerous occasions. The nearby Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel offers elegant accommodation in a stately Victorian-style building, positioned in the lively city centre.

Indulge in the finest afternoon teas and coronation-themed cocktails

Grosvenor House, Coronation Afternoon Tea with flowers on the table

Indulge in the quintessentially British experience of afternoon tea, complete with bespoke coronation-themed treats, at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House London's luxurious Park Room (Photo: Marriott International)

Celebrate the coronation of King Charles III with a limited-edition afternoon tea at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House London's Park Room. Indulge in the expert pastry team's amuse-bouches and five unique pastries inspired by both the king and kingdom. Accompanied by a selection of Newby fine teas, including King Charles's favourite blend, Darjeeling, or a glass of Ridgeview Sparkling Wine or non-alcoholic Sparkling Rosé, this is an indulgence fit for a monarch.

For another exquisite dining experience, look no further than the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, where you can indulge in a sumptuous (and award-winning) Afternoon Tea served in the stunning Palm Court space, with intricate pastries and savoury treats inspired by the 1920s

The delight of afternoon teas extends far beyond the capital city of London. Let Delta Hotels by Marriott York be your guide to a truly unforgettable afternoon tea experience. Join the Coronation Garden Party celebrations and treat yourself to a delectable selection of sweet and savoury treats, accompanied by a glass of fizz and a live screening of the Coronation ceremony.

Venture to the majestic estate of Delta Hotels by Marriott St. Pierre Country Club, located at the gateway to Wales. Home to the crown jewels of times past, St. Pierre is an illustrious landmark; some parts of the hotel have existed since the sixteenth century. Enjoy scenic lakeside views in the secluded village near the original walled kitchen garden, and savour a sophisticated afternoon tea in the historic Grade II-listed panel room.

If the indulgence of artisanal cocktails is calling to you, Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar, a popular spot when staying at London Marriott Hotel County Hall, is offering a limited-edition cocktail dusted in gold and shaped like the side profile of King Charles, just like the one that appears on the new minting of sterling coins. The best part? If your name is Charles your cocktail is free! Meanwhile, the London Marriott Hotel Kensington and London Marriott Hotel Marble Arch are offering three epic cocktails that pay homage to the symbols of royal power: the Orb, the Sceptre, and the Crown. And for a truly exclusive experience, head to the Luggage Room at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, where the speakeasy bar has created a bespoke menu of royal-themed cocktails that are sure to delight and inspire.

Take part in inspiring royal events and tours

Westminster Abbey, royal london

Steeped in history and regal grandeur, Westminster Abbey is the storied setting for countless coronations, royal weddings, and significant moments in the UK's heritage (Photo: Getty Images)

During the King's Coronation, many of London's prestigious institutions and hotels will offer workshops and masterclasses with a royal twist. The London Marriott Hotel County Hall is offering a complimentary walking tour of Royal London to its guests. With an expert guide lending insights right along the way, you'll take in the likes of the medieval Westminster Abbey, which has hosted many royal weddings, funerals and coronations (including King Charles' on May 6th), plus Clarence House, King Charles' London residence.

West of London, Windsor Castle has hosted numerous coronations throughout history and, during the Coronation Weekend, is hosting a special Coronation Concert, with the BBC broadcasting the event live. After this unforgettable royal experience, stay nearby at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Heathrow Windsor.

For a unique experience in celebration of the coronation of King Charles, take the special tour offered at Raby Castle in Durham. The tour commemorates the castle's almost one thousand years of historic ties to the Royal Family, including its connections to King Charles I and the English Civil War. Afterwards, return to the comfort of Delta Hotels by Marriott Durham Royal County, perfectly situated for exploring Durham's charming streets, historic landmarks, and lively cultural scene.

Published: April 26, 2023

Article Tags:  Bristol , Cardiff , Durham , Edinburgh , London , United Kingdom , York

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