Who we are and what we do

These are palaces where a thousand years of history have been made.

These are palaces where a thousand years of history have been made.

Who we are

Historic Royal Palaces is a team of people who love and look after six of the most wonderful palaces in the world: the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. 

We create space for spirits to stir and be stirred. We want everyone to feel welcome and accepted. We tell the stories of the monarchs you know and the lives you don't. We let people explore and we set minds racing.

We are a charity, and you support gives the palaces a future for everyone.

We believe in four principles:

Guardianship

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.

Discovery

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.

Lucy Worsley giving a speech at the Banqueting House

Independence

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.

Showmanship

We do everything with panache. Palaces have always been places of spectacle, beauty, majesty and pageantry, and we are proud to continue that tradition.