These are palaces where a thousand years of history have been made.
9 April 2021. Following the death of His Royal Highness, there will be changes to opening hours for the gardens at Hampton Court Palace and Hillsborough Castle. For further information, please read our FAQs page
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 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.