Address: Kensington Gardens, South Kensington, London W2 2NJ

Website

Time: Tours 2.00pm and 3.00pm, first Sunday in month March to December

Time Information: www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/kensington-gardens/things-to-see-and-do/events-in-kensington-gardens/guided-tours-of-the-albert-memorial

Phone: 0207 298 2000

Entry Price: Free, but £8.00 for tours

Entry Information:www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/kensington-gardens/things-to-see-and-do/events-in-kensington-gardens/guided-tours-of-the-albert-memorial

1400m from Paddington

1000m from Queensway/South Kensington/Gloucester Rd

The Albert Memorial lies in Kensington Gardens opposite the Royal Albert Hall and has the roadway of Kensington Gore separating the two landmarks.

It was erected in memory of Prince Albert, the beloved husband and consort of Queen Victoria, who died in 1861 aged 42. He was born into German nobility and married Victoria at St James’s Palace in 1840. He was renowned for his devotion and it was said the Queen never recovered from losing him.

The Prince was initially received with restraint by the British public, but gradually gained their support and eventually became a much loved figure. One of his most important roles was as President of the Great Exhibition of 1851, which was a resounding success, and allowed him to plan further development in London with resulting museums being part of his vision.

The memorial was opened in 1872 and cost over £10m at today’s value. It is of a seated Prince Albert, holding the Great Exhibition catalogue in gold leaf under a canopy and the memorial was designed in a Gothic style by Sir Gilbert George Scott. The monument is 180ft high and shows all manner of intricate detail with mosaics and statues of historical figures and virtues. The Prince was a great man of the Arts and the memorial bears testimony to this.

It’s surrounded by 160 marble figures – musicians and poets on the south side, painters to the east, sculptors to the west and architects to the north. The four corners represent Europe, Asia, America and Africa with a bull, elephant, bison and camel respectively.

The wording around the monument reads ‘Queen Victoria And Her People / To The Memory Of Albert Prince Consort / As A Tribute Of Their Gratitude / For A Life Dedicated To The Public Good’. There is no public access onto the monument but there are occasional guided tours.

The view of the Albert Memorial from the Royal Albert Hall and vice versa can both be classed as London must sees.

Click on the pics below for an enlarged view and use the arrow towards the right edge of each pic to go on to the next.