Albert Memorial commissioned by Queen Victoria in tribute to the memory of her late beloved husband, Prince Albert who died of typhoid fever at the age of 42
Albert Memorial was opened in 1872 in Kensington Gardens. George Gilbert Scott designed this monument. The memorial shows Prince Albert holding the catalogue of the Great Exhibition. The exhibition was held in Hyde Park in 1851. Prince Albert inspired and helped to organise.
Why Albert Memorial was installed
It was commissioned by Queen Victoria in tribute to the memory of her late beloved husband, Prince Albert who died of typhoid fever at the age of 42.
Albert Memorial height and significance
The memorial is an imperious 172 feet tall, took a decade to complete. Marble figures representing Europe, Asia, Africa and America stand at each corner of the memorial, and higher up are further figures representing manufacture, commerce, agriculture and engineering. Yet further up, near the top, are gilded bronze statues of the angels and virtues.
A visit to this Memorial can be combined with a trip to the beautiful Kensington Gardens and nearby Kensington Palace, the former home of Princess Diana. There is a tour guide available on payment of Adults £9.00 Concessions (and Friends of Kensington Gardens) £8.00. They will take you beyond the railings and get a closer look at the the greatest monument of the Victorian era. If interested, please contact with the tour guide on 020 8969 0104 to attend
Address and nearest tube to Albert Memorial
Address: Kensington Gardens, London (Near to Kensington Palace, Serpentine Gallery and Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, Hyde Park). See the location in Google Map
Nearest Tube: South Kensington (District Line; Circle Line; Piccadilly Line), Kensington High Street (District Line; Circle Line)
Phone number and Email: 0300 061 2000, Email. [email protected]