UK Travel Guide


Albert Memorial

This magnificent memorial has recently completed a multi million pound restoration programme. The Albert Memorial is one of the great sculptural achievements of the Victorian era, and for sheer scale, opulence and complexity is hard to match. The architect was George Gilbert Scott, and he was much inspired by miniature medieval shrines, and also by the medieval Eleanor Crosses, set up by King Edward I in memory of his dead Queen, Eleanor, wherever the funeral procession went. (Though the original cross in London did not survive, the current Charing Cross is closely based on the earlier design, and makes an interesting comparison with the Albert Memorial.) The composition has a large statue of Albert seated in a vast Gothic shrine, and includes a frieze with 169 carved figures, angels and virtues higher up, and separate groups representing the Continents, Industrial Arts and Sciences. The pillars supporting the canopy are of red granite from the Ross of Mull, and from a grey granite from Castle Wellan Quarries, Northern Ireland. These latter pillars, of which there are four, are from single stones, weighing about 17 tons each. Each pillar took eight men about 20 weeks to finish and polish, and the Albert Memorial was noted at the time of its completion as being one of the most costly works in granite of the period. Darley Dale stone was used for the capitals, and the arches are of Portland stone. Pink granite from Correnac, Aberdeen, appears with marble in the pedestal on which the statue of Albert sits. Although entry to see the memorial is free, if a guided tour is required then a charge is payable. Please phone to book and find out current costs.

Located at: Princes Gate, Kensington Gore, London, W8

Telephone: 020 7495 0916 (10.00-16.00)

Opens: Apr-Sep 10am-6pm Oct-Mar 9am-3.30pm

Cost: free

Closest Subway Station: Lancaster Gate Station (Click to see more atrraction at this station)