Historic Royal Palaces

We bring six extraordinary palaces and their stories to life

We bring six extraordinary palaces and their stories to life

Updated 25 March. In line with Public Health England guidance, we have taken the decision to close all six of our palaces and gardens until 31st May. We will be reviewing this and will keep you updated. Please read our statement for further information. Read our statement

Lord Boston's coat and full dress second-class uniform. Wool with metal embroidery. Worn by George Irby, Lord Boston.

A History of Royal Fashion: Online course

Want to take a peek into the wardrobes of the kings and queens of the past?

With exclusive access to the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, this free online course from Historic Royal Palaces & the University of Glasgow explores clothing from the Tudors to the Windsors.

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Young boy looking towards the imperial state crown in the Crown Jewels exhibition
Things to see Highlights

Prepare to be dazzled by this breathtaking, world famous collection of 23,578 gemstones at the Tower of London.

Open daily

Tower of London

Allow one hour

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The Tudor Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace, showing the Abraham Tapestries and the room set out for day visitors.
Things to see

Experience the splendour of the Tudor court in Henry VIII's Great Hall, complete with his magnificent tapestries.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Full-length, standing, facing the viewer, head turned half to the right, wearing a white dress with a diaphanous blue wrap, holding a posie of flowers in her right hand; beside a path in a parkland setting, with Kensington Palace in the distance, on the right.
Things to see Highlights

Discover the story of Princess Victoria, the young girl destined to be queen, in the rooms where she was born and raised at Kensington Palace.

Daily

Kensington Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Tracey Tooley investigating Hampton Court Palace with Tudor figures from history.

Five brilliant history resources for home schooling

Discover curriculum-linked history resources for all Key Stages that will keep your kids learning about the Tudors, Victorians and more while you're staying home together.

Sculpture of an elephant made from galvanised wire.

Listen to our podcasts

Hear from historians, curators and those hidden from the history books.

A male staff member from the Yeoman Body is shown in their full uniform/regalia speaking with a male and female visitor.

Members go free

Escape to the past whenever you want when you join us today.

Enjoy unlimited adventures at our palaces, a 10% discount in our shops and cafés, and exclusive events when you become a member of Historic Royal Palaces.

Conservation of HM Queen Elizabeth II's baby dress

Textile conservator Rosie Chamberlin works on repairing damage to a dress worn by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as a child.

Experience the drama of the Field of Cloth of Gold

Join us at Hampton Court and celebrate the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII's legendary encounter with his great rival François I of France.

Support us

We are a charity and there are several ways you can support us.

Volunteer with us

Volunteers support the palaces in many different ways. See what roles we have available and register your interest.

Great Hall Private Dinner

Hire a venue

Host your prestigious event at one of the greatest palaces ever built.

The White Tower exterior at the Tower of London under a blue, partially cloudy sky. Visitors can be seen exploring the grounds beneath the tower

Support us as a corporate partner

Enjoy unrivalled access to our incredible palaces, deliver stunning events and go behind the scenes providing ‘money-can’t-buy' experiences for clients and guests.