The Albert Memorial, Kensington Gardens, London W2 2UH
The Albert Memorial stands in Kensington Gardens, opposite the Royal Albert Hall. It was commissioned by Queen Victoria in memory of her late husband, whom she was besotted with. When Albert died, there was much discussion as to what memorial would be created in his honour, with ideas of a university or international scholarhips amongst the suggestions. However, Victoria wanted a memorial "in the common sense of the word". It was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, in the Gothic Revival style, and consists of an ornate canopy beneath which is a bronze cast statue of Albert in a seated position, facing south looking toward the Royal Abert Hall and over his 'Albertopolis' area of enlightenment. Such was the great popularity of Prince Albert that there are several memorials around the country which were built in his honour.
Guided tours taking you beyond the railings, for an up-close look at the Frieze of Parnassus and other fine details of one of the greatest monuments of the Victorian era are available between March and December, on the first Sunday of each month at 2pm and 3pm, lasting approximately 45 minutes. (Aduts: £8. Concessions and friends of Kensington Gardens: £8).
Tours start at the front of the memorial and individuals do not need to book. For more information and group bookings, visit: