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. 

Virtual Tower of London tour

HRP handover - Black History Month

In October for Black History Month, we invited independent experts on Black history to present and explore the stories from the past that they’re passionate about.

Michael Ohajuru

Blog: Michael Ohajuru on the Black presence at the Tudor court

Historian Michael Ohajuru discusses the presence of Black people at the Tudor court, including a figure you may have already heard of John Blanke.

Luke Pepera

Blog: HRP Handover: Luke Pepera on a story of two kings

In his blog, Luke Pepera, a writer, broadcaster, historian and anthropologist specialising in African history and culture, compares the lives of two contemporary kings, both of whom ruled their kingdoms in the first half of the 16th century. 

Zeinab Bidawi

Blog: Zeinab Badawi on Sarah Forbes Bonetta and “contested history”

Journalist and HRP Trustee Zeinab Badawi shares her thoughts on the importance of welcoming diverse perspectives on our past, and the problem with the term “contested history”.

Beyond Palace Doors

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

Take a virtual 360 tour

Take a virtual tour around Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Palace stories

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

Detail of a stained-glass window showing the heraldry of King Henry VIII, including the Beaufort Portcullis and fleur-de-lis.  In the centre is a likeness of the King.

Blog: Surviving lockdown: mindfulness, Tudor-style

Curator of our Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, Eleri Lynn, explores the Renaissance concept of ‘multum in parvo’ (‘much in little’)…

Portrait of Edward VI as a child.  National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA / Bridgeman Images

Blog: A nursery fit for a (future) king: Edward VI and Hampton Court

HRP Chief Curator Tracy Borman explores how Hampton Court Palace was prepared for the arrival of the long-awaited Prince Edward.

Queen Elizabeth I, 'The Rainbow Portrait', c.1600

Blog: Beauty tips from Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I is one of history’s most iconic monarchs, instantly recognisable in her numerous representations. But have you ever wondered what it took to create the Elizabethan look? Joint Chief Curator Tracy Borman explores Elizabeth I’s beauty secrets.

More stories

Revisit past exhibitions and rooms

Portrait of Queen Victoria on a green background
Things to see Highlights

Explore Queen Victoria’s private life behind her carefully-managed public image in this major new exhibition at Kensington Palace.

Closed 5 Jan 2020

Kensington Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The Lost Dress of Elizabeth I exhibition, showing curator Eleri Lynn looking at the Bacton Altar Cloth in a case. The Rainbow Portrait hangs in the background of the green exhibition space.
Things to see Highlights

See the Bacton Altar Cloth, a rare survival of Elizabethan dress worn by Elizabeth I, and the iconic Rainbow Portrait at Hampton Court Palace.

Closed 23 February 2020

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)

The Tudor Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace, showing the Abraham Tapestries and the room set out for day visitors.
Things to see

Experience the splendour of the Tudor court in Henry VIII's Great Hall, complete with his magnificent tapestries.

Closed

Hampton Court Palace

Included in palace admission (members go free)