Who we are

Who we are

A view across Base Court, Hampton Court Palace

Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace.

Our aim is to help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built.

Each of the five royal palaces in our care has survived for hundreds of years. They have witnessed peace and prosperity and splendid periods of building and expansion, but they also share stories of more turbulent times, of war and domestic strife, politics and revolution.

We raise all our own funds and depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers.

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Timeline of our palaces

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Our palaces: An interactive timeline