Victorian London

The Victorian era describes 19th century London and is named after the reign of Queen Victoria. She was born at Kensington Palace where you can explore her life in a permanent exhibition.

Many famous buildings and landmarks of London were constructed during the 19th century including Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, and Tower Bridge.

One of the most famous events of 19th-century London was the Great Exhibition of 1851, which Prince Albert helped to organise. A giant glass palace was built in Hyde Park to host the event and it attracted visitors from across the world in order to present Britain at the height of its Imperial dominance.

The exhibition led directly to the founding of the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Natural History Museum and the Science Museum. The palace was moved to Crystal Palace Park in the 1850s. You can still see the remains of the site today, along with the life-size dinosaur sculptures, also dating from the Victorian era.