Filming and Photography At Historic Royal Palaces

Filming and Photography At Historic Royal Palaces

Historic Royal Palaces look after a huge amount of filming on our sites, from historical documentaries right up to blockbuster films.





Introduction to Filming at Historic Royal Palaces

Introduction to filming at Historic Royal Palaces

We are home to some magnificent and unique filming locations. From the imposing medieval grandeur of the Tower of London, to Hampton Court, where Henry VIII’s majestic Tudor Palace contrasts with William and Mary’s elegant Baroque facades and immaculate formal gardens. Our locations can tell the story of 1000 years of history and provide a captivating backdrop for filming and photography.

All filming requests at Historic Royal Palaces are dealt with by the Press Office, which is responsible for establishing every aspect of the filming being proposed, from commissioning to assessing the appropriateness of productions. We also deal with contracts and location fees. Our current filming facility fees start at £350 + VAT per hour, although the final figure depends on the individual request. Large scale feature filming and location work is charged at significantly higher rates which are quoted on a case-by-case basis.

If you would like to discuss filming at Historic Royal Palaces further please do contact the Press Office on + 44 (0) 203 166 6166 or e-mail

Below are some highlights of productions that were recently filmed at the palaces:

Tower of London

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Doctor Who

Great British Castles: The Tower of London

Simon Schama’s Face of Britain

Muppets Most Wanted

Hampton Court Palace

The Theory of Everything

A Little Chaos

The One Show Live from Hampton Court

Britain’s Tudor Treasure: A Night at Hampton Court

Downton Abbey

Kensington Palace

Who Do You Think You Are

The Queen’s Longest Reign: Elizabeth and Victoria

Victoria in Her Own Words

Banqueting House

David Starkey’s Magna Carta

The One Show

Kew Palace

Majesty and Mortar: Britain’s Great Palaces

Kew on a Plate

Hillsborough Castle

Antiques Roadshow 35th Anniversary Special


Downloadable Resources

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    HRP Filming Guide.pdf
    (Adobe PDF, 596KB)

    HRP Guidelines for filming and photography 2016.doc
    (Microsoft Word document, 31KB)

    Photography Application Form.doc
    (Microsoft Word document, 48KB)

    Filming (large scale) Application Form.doc
    (Microsoft Word document, 47KB)

    Filming (small scale) Application Form.doc
    (Microsoft Word document, 53KB)

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