Discover our virtual 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 during these challenging times.

Lucy Worsley, Joint Chief Curator, Historic Royal Palaces

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 BBC iplayer in the UK on PBS in the US. 

With the palaces closed, 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. 

With a £100 million shortfall in our finances this year, we need your support now more than ever, to sustain the charity through this difficult period. If you love the palaces and believe in what we do, please donate today. Simply Text PALACES to 70085 to donate £5. Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message. Thank you.

Virtual tours

Behind the scenes

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.

George III Ivory waistcoat

Blog: George III: The Mind behind the Myth

Curator Polly Putnam shares her favourite objects featured in a new exhibition at the Kew palace – George III: The Mind Behind The Myth opening 4 June.

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: Caring for the Tower of London through lockdown

Assistant Curator Alfred Hawkins reveals one of the important projects that he has been working on whilst the Tower of London was closed during lockdown.

One of the most important surviving images of Elizabeth I, this portrait was almost certainly painted from life, and the resulting pattern for the queen's face was to be repeated for the remainder of her reign.

Blog: Ambassadors, Rhubarb & Sugar: the Islamic World & Tudor England

Misha Ewen, curator of Inclusive History explores how the Elizabethan and Jacobean court encountered the Islamic world. 

More stories

Current exhibitions

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

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

03 June 2021 - 02 January 2022

Kensington Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

Henry VIII (1491-1547) June 1526-June 1527, by LUCAS HORENBOUT (C. 1490/5-1544)
Events Things to see

Immerse yourself in Tudor history as we reunite stunning works of art, gold, weapons, manuscripts and clothing from the Field of Cloth of Gold, Henry VIII's legendary encounter with his great rival François I of France.

20 May - 05 September 2021

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

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

To celebrate the achievements of King George III, a new display for 2021 will consider the real man behind the much-peddled myth.

Open

Kew Palace

Included in Kew Gardens admission