These are palaces where a thousand years of history have been made.
Updated 29 May. In line with government guidance, our palaces remain closed. We are working on detailed plans to safely re-open our sites, starting with our outdoor spaces. Thank you for your patience. Read our statement
Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.
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 six 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.
Our job is to protect both the palaces and the life in them.
We exist for tomorrow, not just yesterday.
Our job is to give these palaces a future as valuable as their past.
We know how precious they and their contents are, and we aim to conserve them to the standard they deserve: the best.
We explain the bigger picture, and then encourage people to make their own discoveries, in particular, to find links with their own lives and the world today.
We have a unique task and our own point of view. We challenge ourselves to find new ways to do our work.
Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity. For a thousand years the palaces in our care have witnessed dramatic events that shaped this nation. We exist to ensure their future, and rely entirely on your support to do so.
We do everything with panache. Palaces have always been places of spectacle, beauty, majesty and pageantry, and we are proud to continue that tradition.