London isn’t just for grown-ups. Here are three engaging places where families can learn hands-on history with a royal twist in the English capital.
The Scoop: Approximately three dozen Yeoman Warders (popularly known as Beefeaters) and their families share this medieval fortress with eight ravens, several ghosts, and glittering collections of jewels and armor.
What to Do: Tours by Beefeaters combine spooky stories with witty banter (“It’s great living in a palace until you try to order a takeaway”). Creepier still are the winter Tower Twilight Tours.
The Scoop: Henry VIII amassed over 60 houses, but his favorite retreat from the city was Hampton Court Palace, where he entertained his six wives (until divorcing or beheading them).
The Scoop: William and Kate spent one million pounds renovating their 20-room “apartment,” where Prince George is the latest resident. The hoi polloi can explore the sumptuous state rooms through interactive exhibits.
This piece, written by Rachel Howard, appeared in the August/September 2014 issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine.