Discover our palaces

We are lucky enough to look after extraordinary palaces, spaces and objects in our palaces. We look after Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, Banqueting House, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle and Gardens in Northern Ireland.

Between them, the six extraordinary historic buildings in our care have witnessed 1,000 years of history. They have survived many tumultuous moments in the past. 

Take a look at some highlights and stories that we can share with you.

Virtual tours

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Discover our gardens online

Gardens United is a collaboration with Google Arts & Culture available online.

Take a virtual stroll through our historic gardens and enjoy 23 stories that celebrate the characteristics that make our palace gardens wonderful and unique.

Lucy Worsley's Royal Palace Secrets

Take a tour of three of our palaces with Lucy Worsley in the programme Royal Palaces Secrets, available on PBS in the US. 

Lucy takes you on a tour of the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace as she uncovers the dramatic events that changed the course of British history. 

From our exhibitions

Royal Lace: The wedding dress of Diana, Princess of Wales

The ivory taffeta wedding dress designed for Diana, Princess of Wales, remains an iconic garment in royal wedding dress history, with the bodice of the dress featuring a piece of antique Carrick-ma-cross lace that once belonged to Prince Charles’ great-grandmother, Queen Mary.  

Detail of the wedding gown of Diana, Princess of Wales showing the lace on the dress.

The Indian Army Camp at Hampton Court Palace

In late July 1919 one of the most extraordinary but forgotten visits to Hampton Court took place, when a contingent of nearly 1800 troops from the Indian Army, including their British and Indian officers, marched through the palace gates and out onto the golf course on Home Park, where they camped for the next two months.

Indian soldiers marching in front of the east front of Hampton Court Palace

Beyond Palace Doors

Our palaces are full of hidden secrets. Take a peek behind the scenes in our video series.

Palace stories

Read stories from our curators about our palaces and the people who lived in them.

A ground level photo of the red brick Tudor west gate at Hampton Court Palace

Blog: A Turkish Bath for Horses at Hampton Court Palace

With eyes on Royal Ascot in June we wanted to share a lesser-known aspect of Hampton Court’s Equine Past. In the 1860s a Turkish bath was installed at Hampton Court Palace…for the horses! Buildings Curator Alexandra Stevenson explores this curious history.

Banqueting Hall

Blog: Four hundred years of spectacle and glamour

This year we mark the 400th anniversary of the building of the Banqueting House, the only surviving portion of the lost Palace of Whitehall. Former Head of Historic Buildings Jane Spooner tells us more about the very first glamorous event to take place in this magnificent edifice.    

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

Blog: The Jewish History of the Tower of London

Last month saw the public launch of Historic Royal Palace’s new research project investigating the Jewish workers, prisoners, and refugees of the medieval Tower of London. Postdoctoral researcher Rory MacLellan reflects upon the research process and the significance of these new resources.

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Past exhibitions

Diana, Princess of Wales in her ivory wedding dress
Things to see

Royal Style in the Making. Closed. The exhibition that explores the intimate relationship between fashion designer and royal client.

03 June - 02 January 2022

Kensington Palace

Photograph of George III's waistcoat inside Kew Palace in the George III: The Mind Behind The Myth exhibition

To celebrate the achievements of King George III, a display in 2021 considered the real man behind the much-peddled myth. This exhibition has ended.

04 June - 19 September 2021

Kew Palace