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.

Blog: Templars at the Tower

Postdoctoral researcher Rory MacLellan writes about this fascinating story of the imprisonment of the Templars at the Tower of London.

The Orangery, looking upwards to Historic Royal Palaces preventive conservator Jonathan Bridal using brushes to clean the Grinling Gibbons carvings (1704). This section of the carving features swags of foliage and flowers.

Queen Anne (1665-1714) commissioned Grinling Gibbons to create carvings to decorate the interior of the Orangery. The limewood carvings hang at the west and east end of the Orangery on internal arches. They have been created on a large scale, allowing individual details to be seen despite their height.

Blog: Grinling Gibbons’s Carvings in the Orangery of Kensington Palace

To mark the 300th anniversary of the death of the greatest woodcarver in British History - Grinling Gibbons - Buildings Curator Lee Prosser introduces us to some of his lesser known but incredibly important works in the Orangery at Kensington Palace.

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.

More stories

Current exhibitions

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

Royal Style in the Making. Last chance to see the 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)

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