Albert Memorial

Attractions, Sightseeing Knightsbridge Free
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‘I would rather not be made the prominent feature of such a monument,’ was Prince Albert’s reported response when the subject of his commemoration arose. Hard, then, to imagine what Queen Victoria's husband would have made of this extraordinary thing, unveiled 15 years after his death. Created by Sir George Gilbert Scott, the memorial centres around a gilded Albert holding a catalogue of the 1851 Great Exhibition, guarded on four corners by the continents of Africa, America, Asia and Europe. The pillars are crowned with bronze statues of the sciences, and the frieze at the base depicts major artists, architects and musicians. Officially called the 'Prince Consort National Memorial', it is one of London’s most dramatic monuments. Tours take place on the first Sunday of every month.


Venue name: Albert Memorial
Address: Kensington Gardens
Opening hours: Tours 2pm, 3pm, first Sun of the month; £6; £5 concs
Transport: Tube: South Kensington
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Opposite the far better known Albert Hall, the memorial always has people milling around it. Some are sat on benches eating lunch, some are roller skating between cones, some are taking pictures and some are just doing their best to be run over by cyclists. The atmosphere is almost always playful. 

The memorial itself is tall, open and almost slightly lost in the vastness of Hyde Park. It certainly is pretty and I wouldn't want anyone to take it away but it's not a major London landmark that has to be seen. Despite this, there always seems to be tourists kicking around although I suspect they have been lured across by either the Albert Hall or the shopping in Knightsbridge. Either way, it's nice to see it being appreciated. 


The Albert Memorial is kind of the omnipresent Godfather of Kensington Palace Gardens, you feel like he is always watching you from his throne. It is an extravagant memorial (I mean, who wants a small one right?) and he towers high up above the park, glinting with gold with intricate paintings and carvings making this a work of art. There's not tooooo much information to hand, so if there is a tour, it might be worth it....for example it is only Wikipedia that informs me this is 54m tall (yikes), took ten years to complete, cost £120k and it has allegorical sculptures around the base. However, it overlooks the Royal Albert Hall, is surrounded by lovely flowers which are looked after by the park gardeners and after you've seen Albert you can pop up to see Queen Victoria at Kensington Palace.

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